Research Programme in Assuring Hardware Security by Design in Systems on Chip


Open positions 

Positions are available for brilliant thinkers and passionate "doers" who truly want to make a difference in this world, and open up new research directions (see "Research position opportunities").

Opportunities are also available for engineers with entrepreneurial passion who are excited about creating innovation and new start-ups here in Singapore, to ultimately bring new technologies directly to people (see "Research opportunities for prospective startups").


Research position opportunities

Positions are available for top and highly motivated students or talented engineers from the industry who are interested in joining our new Green IC research group as

  • Post-doc (1 year or more)
  • Research Engineer (RE) for typically 6-36 months
  • Ph.D. graduate student (4 years)
  • visiting scholar or visitng student.

Candidate’s talent should be complemented by a strong passion for innovation and desire to have a strong impact on people’s lives through technology. Admitted researchers will have opportunities to carry out leading-edge research in an environment that promotes the development of solid foundations (think) and project-based collaborative learning (build). The implementation of innovative ideas is supported with world-class EDA design tools (essentially any commercially available tool), testing equipment and computing resources, as well as intense cross-disciplinary collaboration. Overall, the most unique value in being part of the Green IC group lies in the interaction with our world-class group members and access to a broad spectrum of knowledge in integrated circuit and system design.


Admitted researchers will work on new ideas and build integrated circuits in cutting-edge technologies down to 14nm, and can be involved in our collaborations with leading institutions in academia and industry (UCBerkeley, UMich, EPFL, Intel, STM, TSMC, among the many others). Our goal is to nurture researchers that can be part of any leading organization (academia, research centers, industry) in the world. We are also very open to applicants who intend to perform cutting-edge research and push it to commercialization through startups being spun off of our group. As additional opportunity, part of our group will belong to a brand new research center on FDSOI intelligent and connected systems.

Instructions for applicants

  • Post-docs and Research Engineers are selected directly by the Green IC group, upon the submission of the materials below, a pre-selection step and an interview. Applications can be sent directly to Prof. Alioto via email any time during the year. Hiring is subject to the availability of positions at the time of the application.
  • Ph.D. candidates need to promptly apply to NUS as necessary step to move forward with the application, and pass the official admission process at NUS (see the webpage of the Graduate Studies Office - Faculty of Engineering, admission criteriaapplication guidehousing). The candidate needs to be aware of the yearly timeline for NUS admission (Graduate Studies Office) and apply accordingly. At the same time, candidates will need to pass also the selection through the Green IC group, in order to join the group. Direct applications to our group need to be sent to Prof. Alioto via email (depending on availability, an interview with Prof. Alioto will be scheduled with the most promising candidates). Different types of Ph.D. programs are available, such as internally funded the well-established NUS program, the NGS program (see below), and industrial Ph.D. program that has tighter link with industry, and the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA, in which case, an A*STAR co-advisor and a topic need to be agreed on in advance after the interview at Green IC group).

Financial support is provided for all above positions. For admission as Research Engineers and Ph.D. students, preference will be given to those who have a Master’s degree on a relevant discipline, but exceptionally talented students with Bachelor degree can also apply.

Priority is typically given to Ph.D. candidates who have already joined the group temporarily as Research Engineers.

  • Visiting scholar and visiting students need to send the materials below to Prof. Alioto via email. Financial aspects need to be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

If you are qualified and share the same passion for excellence, you can contact Prof. Alioto via 
email attaching:

  • undergraduate and M.S. transcripts (not necessary for visiting scholars)
  • research statement in the form of a PowerPoint presentation (suitable for 30-minute presentation, held if you are selected for an interview), containing
    • a brief outline of your previous research experience, with emphasis on your personal contribution in every project you have participated in (40%)
    • current interests and on-going projects (10%)
    • experience with IC design, CAD tools and tapeouts (20%)
    • original ideas that you would like to work on (not necessarily circuits, but in the end demonstrated through circuits), and how these idea contribute to the excellence of our group (10%)
    • your strengths and weaknesses (10%)
    • your aspirations and personal motivation (10%)
    • details on

  • which position(s) you are applying for
  • which institutions you applied to and why
  • a list of at least three academic/industrial references (and related website/email address) who know well about you and your work, and can provide feedback upon our request
  • the type of positions of interest (e.g., intern, Research Engineer, PhD, postdoc), in order of preference
  • your end goal (what do you want to be in 5-10 years?)
  • if you are more interested in academic research, or research that will likely go to create a hi-tech startup (which you can also be part of) 
  • if you have a particularly high GPA, express interest for specific scholarships such as NGS (see below), industrial Ph.D., etc.
  • provide funding details if you are self-funded
  • clarify if you qualify for some of the scholarships below, and if you have applied to some of them, and any other financial detail
  • the intended timeline and timing constraints (when you are available, for how long, etc.), in case you are selected
  • specify if you are specifically interested in being part of the FDSOI center on intelligent and connected systems.

  • Incomplete research statements will not be considered.

    Other schemes to obtain other scholarships (other than the positions funded by our group) are

    Students from different countries might have access to additional scholarships. For example:

    CAVEAT: joining the Green IC group requires successful passing of the above internal selection and interview process, in addition to the chosen scheme for scholarship award. Please, refer to the flyer below.

    Research opportunities for prospective startups

    If you are interested in making an impact as researcher and entrepreneur, we are also working on several ideas that will be translated into commercial technologies in the next few years.

    We have Research Engineer positions for people who are truly passionate about developing new technologies and make them available to the people by starting up a company here in Singapore. 

    If you are interested, please follow the same above guidelines, and specify your interest in your application.