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Technical Doctoral student position at CERN (Wolfgang Gentner Scholarships)

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter. The immense amount of data recorded at CERN imposes great demands on Data Acquisition Systems (DAQs).

The DAQ group of the COMPASS collaboration has developed and commissioned a new system, the intelligent, FPGA-based DAQ (iFDAQ). It consists of a custom-designed, FPGA-based hardware event builder, multiple conventional computers and distributed software for configuration, monitoring, and readout. The system is successfully running since 2015.

During the last two years, the group focused on developments, which lead to higher system reliability. These developments are directed towards: in-system software debugging tools, flexible and programmable system topology, hardware redundancy, algorithms for automatic diagnostics of malfunctioning hardware.

This year, the DAQ group is offering a PhD position related to the work on the development of the iFDAQ. The PhD position will be supported by the BMBF Wolfgang Gentner Scholarship.

The candidate will work on the CERN campus in Geneva, being fully integrated into the COMPASS collaboration. Hence, he/she will have the possibility to get an insight over a broad variety of technologies and topics.

A successful candidate should have

  • a university master degree either in physics, computer science, or electronic engineering.
  • advanced knowledge of C++ and Linux OS are required.
  • knowledge of VHDL and interest in development FPGA-firmware is an advantage.  

For more information or submitting a CV, please write to Igor Konorov or Dominik Steffen.

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