Postdoc or “near-postdoc” “Op-Amp Design Automation” (2 years) is looked for!

We look for someone to implement manual procedures for the synthesis of transistor structure and parameter values of electronic operational amplifiers in an algorithm and software.

Your responsibilities:

In recent work, a new method for (transistor) structure synthesis and initial sizing of analog operational amplifiers was developed and implemented. It comprehensively considers the manual approach of circuit designers. The method has a search space of several thousand structure variants, all of which are technically reasonable. It is based on a hierarchical functional block library, associated analytical performance equations, and initial sizing with these equations and constraint programming.

The results have been published [Inga Abel, Helmut Graeb: FUBOCO: Structure Synthesis of Basic Op-Amps by FUnctional BlOck COmposition, ACM Trans. on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES), 2022,]. The associated software has been put "open source" at Additional details on the method can be found in [Inga Abel, Maximilian Neuner, Helmut Graeb: A Functional Block Decomposition Method for Automatic Op-Amp Design, Integration – the VLSI journal, 2022., 2020] and [Inga Abel, Maximilian Neuner, Helmut Graeb, A Hierarchical Performance Equation Library for Basic Op-Amp Design, IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits (TCAD), 2022., 2020].

Your task is to further develop the methodology and the software with respect to more complex types of operational amplifiers. These include, for example, operational amplifiers with more than two stages or more complex compensation mechanisms. Furthermore, transistor model values of further process technologies, other transistor models (e.g. EKV) and gm/id tables are to be implemented.

Your qualifications:

You have or are about to have a doctoral degree in electrical/computer engineering/science, mathematics or physics and have knowledge in the design of electronic operational amplifiers as well as in software implementation for electronic design automation.

Our offer:

We offer a full-time position as academic staff. The position will be limited to two years. Payment will be based on the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service of the Länder (TV-L). TUM strives to raise the proportion of women in its workforce and explicitly encourages applications from qualified women. Applications from disabled persons with essentially the same qualifications will be given preference.

Your application:

If you are interested in working on this project, please send your application together with a CV and supporting documentation to the Technical University of Munich, Chair of Electronic Design Automation, c/o Prof. Helmut Graeb, Arcisstr. 21, 80333 Munich, Germany, no later than 31 May 2023, email address:

Do not hesitate to contact Prof. Graeb for any questions you may have.

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