PhD Low-power ASIC design for IoT security

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


October 22, 2022


PhD Low-power ASIC design for IoT security

(ref. BAP-2022-673)

Last modification : Wednesday, September 14, 2022

KU Leuven Faculty of Engineering Technology organises bachelor and master degrees in Engineering Technology on six campuses across Flanders, Belgium. This vacancy is situated in the research group Emerging technologies, Systems & Security at campus Diepenbeek.

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The continuous-growing field of Internet-of-Things will result in an increasing number of daily objects embedded with sensors and actuators connected to the internet. Research towards the power-performance-area trade- offs of those Si CMOS-based IoT architectures is being studied at the campus, in particular focusing on the enablement of hardware security.

The ambition of this PhD topic is to elaborate several concepts of hardware security for IoT devices, focusing on secure cryptographic coprocessors. Besides architecture studies, basic research towards low-power and high- performing building blocks, such as TRNG circuits are also envisioned in this PhD study. It will be your mission to perform detailed system studies, to evaluate several architectures for IoT security and its building blocks, to design and layout of those circuits and systems in 180/130nm Si CMOS multi- project tape outs. During the chip manufacturing, you will design characterization PCBs enabling full measurements, which will further provide feedback for next design cycles.

  • You have a master's degree engineering science or engineering technology in electrical engineering.

  • You have good basic knowledge and hands-on experience in digital electronics and/or mixed-signal electronics and have keen interest in technology-aware design activities.

  • You have good basic VLSI IC design knowledge, and Cadence has no secrets to you.
  • You can work independently and pro-actively, well-organized, accurate and stress resistant.
  • You are analytical, flexible, result-oriented, customer and market oriented.
  • You are an enthusiastic and enterprising team player with innovative ideas that searches for improvements, experiments with new concepts and solves problems in a creative and clear manner.
  • You want to dedicate yourself to spreading the mission and values of the faculty: you are open to other cultures and world views and you are motivated to work internationally
  • Offer

    The successful candidate will be offered with a PhD fellowship to become part of our team to work towards a PhD. This full-time mandate is initially limited to 1 year contract with a possible extension depending on the performance of the candidate as well as competitive financing successes. The final goal will be obtaining a PhD after 4 years.


    For more information please contact Prof. dr. ing. Kris Myny, tel.: +32 11 75 17 31, mail:

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