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Permanent Position : engineer - expert digital designer

Dernière mise à jour : jeudi 3 juin 2021, par Christine Hu

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Missions for the expert in electronics

The new engineer will design electronic systems integrated in complex scientific equipment, using techniques from the electronics and micro-electronics domains.
As an expert digital designer, she/he will be in charge of the definition, the modeling, the description and the high-level simulation of data processing architectures and systems. The engineer will commit as well to all design and commissioning steps for the integrated CMOS pixel sensors embedding these functionalities.


Main activities :

  • Establish specifications for projects and their functional analysis, in collaboration with the scientific team.
  • Define performance validation procedures from high-level simulations and qualify the project after each milestone.
  • Model and simulate the various system elements : components, pixel sensors and embedded functionalities (e.g. data compression, asynchronous data transmission).
  • Conduct research activities on embedded high-level algorithms using artificial intelligence (e.g. artificial neural network).

Associated activities :

  • Define architectures to be implemented in collaboration with other microelectronics experts.
  • Develop procedures for logical tests and qualifications of integrated circuits before their submission for fabrication.


General and specific knowledges :

  • Deep knowledge in digital programmable electronics and/or microelectronics.
  • Knowledge in digital signal processing and their implementation.
  • Deep knowledge in languages such as : HDL, HLS, VHDL, Verilog, systemVerilog, C/C++, Matlab, Python ;
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for fault detection and test benches such as UVM and formal verification.
  • Good knowledge in physics and mathematics.
  • Knowledge of one of the design flow for FPGA and ASIC, such as : ALTERA, XILINX, CADENCE, SYNOPSYS.

Behavior skills

  • Driving and supervising a small team of one or two technical staffs.
  • Team work capability, especially within large national and international scientific collaborations.
  • Skills in interpersonal relationship, work organization, oral and written communication.
  • English level B2 (common European grading language skills).


The Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien (IPHC) is a research unit co-supported by IN2P3-CNRS and the Université of Strasbourg. The Department of Subatomic Research of IPHC conduct research activities in particle and nuclear physics as well as technology transfer projects. IPHC staffs take part to experiments driven by international collaborations at large accelerator sites around the world : CERN (Geneva), DESY (Hamburg), FERMILAB (Chicago), GANIL (Caen), KEK (Tsukuba), RIKEN (Wako).
The new engineer will work within the core facility C4Pi of IPHC, which counts about twenty engineers, post-doctorant fellows and PhD students, experts in microelectronic design, tests and integration with microelectronics. She/he will work under the authority of the C4Pi technical coordinator. Her/his role will be to strengthen the data processing performance and intelligence of sensors developed within C4Pi. The engineer will benefit from the continuous education program proposed by CNRS in order to help reaching her/his goals.
The C4Pi is a major group on the international stage for the development of CMOS pixel sensors (MAPS) for the detection of charged particles. MAPS generate growing interest in subatomic physics and is a prominent technology for upgrades of existing instruments (e.g. LHC, Belle II) and detectors at future colliders (e.g. e+e-). The C4Pi conducts two types of activities, one related to technological R&D and the other focusing on sensors dedicated to a specific experiment. The facility collaborates with many other laboratories at the national and international level such as CERN (Geneva), DESY (Hamburg), INFN (Frascati), KEK (Tsukuba).
Secondments in France and abroad are expected.

How to apply

CNRS follow strict rules for selecting its collaborators with the European label “Human Resource Excellence in Research“.The recruitment process is an open contest described here (in French) :

Applications are exclusively handled through the dedicated CNRS website :
The position can be found as number 37 when you clicked on “Consulter les offres“.

Though the website is in French, non-French speakers can apply. The application requires standard information and a cover letter in French.

Applications are open during a short term, from June 1st to 30th.