We hope you, your family, and your students remain in good health in these uncertain and stressful times.
We imagine that many of the normal annual cycles of academic life are disrupted, not just teaching, but also job searches for students. I thought I could share some encouraging and positive thoughts on some of those issues: the RISC-V International Open Source (RIOS) Laboratory is looking for great people to work as postdocs on our team. I’d very much like to meet the promising students in your groups to talk about current and future opportunities. I am director of the new lab, working alongside the co-directors Prof. Lin Zhang and Prof. Zhangxi Tan.
The RIOS Lab mission is to develop open source technology so that the RISC-V ecosystem can match those of the more established architectures. While many organizations are creating open source RISC-V processors, we desperately need great open source memory controllers, bus controllers, and the rest of the “uncore” needed to make a chip along with the corresponding software systems.
The Tsinghua-UC Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) launched this non-profit research lab in 2019 to expand and elevate the capabilities of the RISC-V ecosystem. The RIOS lab is based at TBSI, a joint research and educational partnership established by UC Berkeley, Tsinghua University and the Shenzhen municipal government in 2015 to promote research collaboration and graduate student education. This is a powerful marriage of the leading university in China with the best public university in the world. With the name inspired by the Spanish word for “rivers,” the establishment of the RIOS Lab symbolizes the flow of information from many sources, coming together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Shenzhen is one of the largest cities in China, located adjacent to Hong Kong; I think of it as the Silicon Valley of China. Thankfully, it has recovered from the COVID-19 crisis, as no one who has stayed continuously in Shenzhen has come down with the virus in the past four weeks and everyone has returned to work. (Visitors are quarantined in hotels for two weeks; 24 have tested positive.) Shenzhen is now a calm, safe oasis in these troubled times.
We are looking for candidates with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field to work as a postdoc in the RIOS Lab for the next two or three years. The ideal candidate is analytical, capable of working at both a high level and diving into the details, creative, enthusiastic, team-oriented, and possesses excellent communication and ideally has strong coding skills. A background in any of digital design, computer architecture, systems architecture, or compilers is a plus. RIOS Lab will provide internationally competitive packages as well as diversified working experiences in both Shenzhen and Berkeley under the direct advisorship of myself and the core team of RIOS Lab. If you have an outstanding student who is interested about joining the RIOS Lab to define and create leading-edge open source hardware and related software, please have them send their CV to me.
To close, we hope you, your family, and your students remain safe and well through these challenging times. We look forward to hearing back from you and your students.