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Master Thesis – Trusted Electronics (Security & Safety)

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 e

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros.

We bring chip design back to Europe!
For a technologically more independent Europe, we want to develop Fraunhofer IIS into a European IC Design Center for trusted, energy-efficient high-speed ICs by 2025. As a leading competence center for digital chip design, we deliver essential cutting-edge technologies in the areas of exascale high performance computing and trusted electronics. In addition, we offer sophisticated digital design services based on RISC-V. Our target customers are design houses, semiconductor manufacturers, SMEs and system integrators. Potential applications are in areas such as high-speed data processing, blockchain, and cybersecurity.

If you want to contribute to the development of our Chip Design Center and are enthusiastic about microelectronics and the development of digital systems, especially in the areas of Safety and Security for embedded and critical systems, then join our ambitious team! With us, your developments will become future-relevant products.

Are you interested in porting the OpenTitan to an (Zynq) FPGA device to use it as an external coprocessor in an embedded security function?

Than take a look at our offer!

What you will do

  • You will work on the implementation of Google’s OpenTitan security chip in an FPGA environment.
  • You will study the open-source architecture and deploy it in an FPGA environment using it as an external security co-processor for a larger application

What you bring to the table

  • You have knowledge in a hardware-description language (SystemVerilog/Verilog/VHDL), embedded systems and also Know-how in the field of microelectronics.
  • You may have done some work with Linux environments and FPGA architectures
  • You have good communication skills
  • You have very good English and good german language skills
  • You are independent and committed

What you can expect

  • Flexible working hours
  • Open and friendly team work
  • Exciting seminars and events
  • Networking with scientists
  • Active contribution in applied research
  • Interesting an innovative projects
  • Mentoring program »josephine®« for talented female students

The thesis will be assigned and carried out in accordance with the rules of your university. For this reason, please discuss the thesis with a professor who can advise you over the course of the project. The duration for the thesis should be 6 months.

Weekly working hours are determined by agreement. You can reduce your hours before exams and increase them during semester breaks. You can flexibly determine the working days. After your studies, you have the option of working with us full or part time.

We value and promote the diversity of our employees’ skills and therefore welcome all applications – regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability.

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future.

Interested? Apply online now (PDF: cover letter, CV, transcripts). We look forward to getting to know you!

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS

Requisition Number: 53122 Application Deadline: none

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