Free and Open Source Software Engineer / PostDoc for Open Hardware (f/m/d)
Open Position for Free and Open Source Software Engineer/PostDoc for Open Hardware
Position : Software Engineer (Free and Open Source Software), Postdoc Research Fields: Computer Science/Software Engineering, Engineering/Computer Engineering,
Engineering/Electrical Engineering Key Words: Open Source Software, Open Source Hardware, Integrated Circuits, Chips Duration : 1 to 3 years Starting date : as soon as possible Location : Sorbonne Université, Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris https://www.sorbonne-universite.fr/en
Context: In the framework of the European project Go IT! (2022-2025), the Sorbonne Université/LIP6
partner has an open position for an Engineer/PostDoc interested in Free and Open Source Software
(FOSS) development and integration for Open Hardware.
Go IT! Project moto: Europe's IT hardware development is constantly challenged by outrageously
expensive development tools, legal constraints like NDAs or patents, lock-in threats, dependency from
external vendors or supply chains and foreign political events. Europe’s digital infrastructure (from consumer
to critical appliances) is heavily relying on foreign closed-source chips which are literally black-boxes which
may (and have been proven to) contain malicious features. This situation makes the hardware development
expensive and inefficient, and undermines the very principle of sovereignty, resilience and re-usability. Opensource
silicon chips, which are open in their entirety, i.e. down to the physical layout, carry the potential of
catapulting Europe into a renaissance of digital technology. Several challenges are on the way, many of which
will require the participation of the stakeholders (from the fertile ground made of “nerdy” hobbyists and
makers who are the early protagonists of the scene, all the way up to large enterprises), as well as the
participation of policymakers and regulatory bodies. The road ahead is steep, but rich of rewards. Therefore
we loudly say: Go IT!
The engineer/PostDoc will work at Sorbonne Université, in the LIP6 laboratory.
The technical missions are contributions to the following tasks:
Objective 1: Building FOSS design flows for Open Hardware, based on existing FOSS Electronic Design
Automation (EDA) software. The result will be a hub of FOSS-EDA software and hardware libraries, from
high-level design to layout (physical synthesis). Different tasks are identified:
On-line Documentation: Creation of a map of the open-source EDA structured by following the main
steps of the design.
Description of alternative design flows, combining several open-source EDA from different
repositories, such as:
Tutorial examples installation using these design flows, purely digital or mixed signal ones.
Packaging the interoperable tools for Debian Linux distribution.
Objective 2: Open-source Process Design Kit (PDK), PDK compatibility with open-source EDA tools,
open-source standard-cell libraries documentation and integration. The work will be done in cooperation
with other partners of the project, especially Fibra Servi https://chips4makers.io/blog/
Perform a survey and prepare a cartography of existing open-source standard-cell libraries. Data will
include the maintenance status, the supported platforms and the interoperability with open-source
Help the library maintainers to deliver their standard-cell libraries in a format compatible with main
open-source design tools, i.e. using a de-facto standard.
Facilitate for all PDKs made available in this project, the (semi-)automatic creation of a corresponding
standard-cell library and analog and mixed-signal blocks.
Disseminate libraries on mainstream knowledgeable platforms like Wikipedia.
Basic knowledge on VLSI design
Basic knowledge on EDA software
C++ and Python
Interest for Free and Open Source Software
Interest for Open Hardware
English and French
LIP6 (UMR 7606)
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