Senior Researcher on Embedded Systems and Hardware Design (R3)

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Senior Researcher on Embedded Systems and Hardware Design (R3)

Closing Date

Monday, 30 March, 2020
Reference: 75_20_CS_CAOS_R3
Job title: Senior Researcher on Embedded Systems and Hardware Design (R3)

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 650 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission

The Computer Architecture and Operating System group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center aims at carrying out research on programming models for critical embedded systems in charge of controlling fundamental parts of cars, airplanes and satellites. Our work is mainly done in the context of bilateral projects with several processor companies as well as several European-funded projects. For a complete list of publications of the group in the last years, please visit:

The objective of this position is (1) to obtain funds from EC project calls, ESA calls, Spanish/Catalan calls, and bilateral projects with industry; (2) to be the PI of multiple projects simultaneously driving the strategy and managing a group of postdocs, engineers and PhD/master students; (3) to publish scientific papers in international conferences and journals; (4) to supervise PhD and Master students; (5) to drive collaborations with other groups at BSC and other institutions worldwide; and (6) to lead existing and new research lines in the CAOS group. This work is expected to occur in the context of microprocessor and accelerator designs for critical embedded systems (CES) for space, avionics and automotive domains; timing analysis tools and methods for CES; probabilistic and mathematical analysis of non-functional properties of systems (namely timing, power, energy, aging, etc); benchmarking of HPC systems in the embedded domain; and cross-pollination topics including embedded systems and HPC know-how.

Key Duties

  • Write project proposals and coordinate their writing with partners in the area of Critical Embedded Systems (CES)
  • Set relationships with industry and academia in the area of CES.
  • Be the BSC Principal Investigator (PI) of multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Set research priorities and guide research of a group of postdocs, engineers and students.
  • Publish in top conferences and journals in the area of CES.
  • Supervise PhD and master students


  • Education
    • PhD in Electronics, Computer Sciences or Telecommunications
    • Other degrees helpful for management tasks (Psychology, Philosophy, Humanities, History, etc)
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • More than 10 years of experience on the demanded tasks in industry and academia
    • Experience being the institution PI or Work-Package leader for at least 3 EC projects (FP7 or H2020)
    • Strong publication record (100+ publications in top conferences and journals in computer science)
    • Strong experience advising students (10+ PhD/Master students graduated under his/her supervision)
    • Experience attracting funds above 1M€ in the last 3 years
    • Strong knowledge on processor microarchitecture for embedded processors (Arm, Infineon, NXP, Gaisler, etc.)
    • Experience on statistics and/or mathematics research
    • Experience electronics related to processor designs
    • Experience on functional safety for automotive, avionics and/or space systems
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Knowledge on compilers is welcome
    • Experience teaching in master programs is welcome
  • Competences
    • Problem-solving, pro-active, result-oriented work attitude
    • Good communication skills including a good command of the English language (written and spoken)


  • The position will be located at BSC within the Computer Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - Permanent renewable
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: 01/04/2020

Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

  • A full CV in English including contact details


The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.
This position is reserved for candidates who meet the requirements and have the legal status of disabled persons with a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%. In case there are no applicants with disabilities that meet the requirements, the rest of the candidates without declared disability will be evaluated.

Application Form

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