Principal / Senior Researcher

Ref. No.: AC0003

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Job Description



The Principal Researcher will be involved in the development of multiple research programs and projects in the Center and will co-lead one of the four research programs in the Center. He/she will assist the Director and Executive Director overseeing all aspects of research management, scientific technological development, and operations for multiple research projects or research facilities. He/she will conduct research and development, as well as working with junior research staff, in one or multiple research projects in the Center.

We also seek applicants for the positions of Senior Researcher. Reporting to the Principal Researcher, Senior Researcher will be involved in one of the research programs and will conduct collaborative research in one or multiple research projects in the Center. He/she will conduct R&D tasks as well as working with junior research staff, in one or multiple research projects in the Center.

All researchers are required to station and work at the Hong Kong Science Park, with occasional business travels to the HKUST Clear Water Bay Campus and other Collaborating Universities of the Center when needed.


Applicants should have a PhD degree preferably in electronics, electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or equivalent, and at least 8 years and 3 years of post-qualification experience in R&D for the Principal Researcher and the Senior Researcher positions respectively. In-depth knowledge and experience in integrated circuit design, design automation or broadly microelectronics are essential. Specifically, R&D as well as hand-on implementation experiences in the following area(s) with relevance to the design of AI accelerators are preferred (but not limited to):

  • Neuromorphic computing, compute-in-memory (CIM), and relevant memory and storage systems;
  • Non-volatile memory (CVM), silicon photonic devices, or 3D integration for acceleration of computing or communications;
  • AI algorithm and architectural co-design; Neural network optimization for hardware implementation;
  • ASIC design; FPGA prototyping;
  • Design and implementation of chip/hardware accelerators for AI applications;
  • Hardware-software co-design; Electronics design automation (such as modelling, simulation, physical design, logic/high-level synthesis, verification, testing, design for manufacturability, etc.) 

The ideal candidate should have strong R&D capability and superior interpersonal and organizational skills. He/She should be an excellent team-player with a strong sense of responsibility, ability to multi-task and work independently, and a good command of written and spoken English. Outstanding verbal, written and presentation skills are also required.

Terms of Appointment

Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits including annual leave, medical and dental benefits will be provided.

ACCESS is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates.

Application Procedure

For applications/nominations together with a full curriculum vitae indicating their current and expected salaries, please send it to Ms Phoebe CHEUNG (  Review of applications will begin shortly and continue until the positions are filled.  Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.  *Please mark “PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL” and quote the position applied for and its reference number in the subject of the email.

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