PhD Student: Architecture Simulation (RISC-V)

Context And Mission

The Accelerators and Communications for HPC Group leads cutting-edge research and development around accelerators/coprocessors in HPC and high-performance networking. We collaborate closely with the major vendors in the topic for HPC: NVIDIA and Intel. We organize locally international events such as the PUMPS Summer School, PATC Courses on CUDA/OpenACC, and annual hackathons, and collaborate in the organization of related international conferences and workshops such as SC, IEEE Cluster, or AsHES.

The group has been recently awarded one of the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants:

We are looking to cover a PhD Student positions to work on novel system architectural proposals applied to Homomorphically Encrypted Deep Learning Inference (no cryptography background required). This will include extending existing RISC-V simulators toward designing a domain-specific accelerator.

Prospective candidates may take a look at the following paper to get an initial idea of our focus:

Group Web Page:

Key Duties

Drive research in the above-mentioned topic, under the supervision of the Group Manager and the mentorship of a postdoctoral researcher


MS in a related field
Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
Good level of C/C++ programming
Previous professional experience not required
Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
Previous experience on system architecture design / simulators is not mandatory but will be valued
Good English Level


The position will be located at BSC within the Computer Sciences Department
We offer a full-time contract (37.5h/week), a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, restaurant tickets, private health insurance, support to the relocation procedures
Duration: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration
Holidays: 23 paid vacation days plus 24th and 31st of December per our collective agreement
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: ASAP