Open Innovation Opportunity

Project Proposal

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2024 Opportunity at Sabanci University – GPU&FPGA

Sabanci University (SU), globally ranked in the top 1%, is celebrated for its research-oriented approach and innovation in Turkey. The institution's mission is to foster internationally competent individuals with a strong sense of social responsibility, evident in its diverse academic programs and cutting-edge facilities. Students benefit from the freedom to shape their programs, supported by the university's counseling system. Sabanci's research spans science, technology, and arts, with dedicated centers in various fields. Offering 11 undergraduate, 50 master's, and 17 PhD programs, the university provides interdisciplinary education to approximately 4500 undergraduates and 1054 graduate students. In 2024, Times Higher Education ranked Sabanci University 351-400 globally and 54th among 673 young universities worldwide. With active research funding of over €40 million, derived from national and international sources (>50% from EC), the university is actively involved in numerous projects. This commitment is reflected in a substantial number of publications and patent applications, showcasing Sabanci University's significant contributions to knowledge and innovation.

Prof. Erkay Savaş is an expert in the fields of cryptography, data and communication security, privacy in biometrics, trusted computing, security and privacy in data mining applications, embedded systems security, and distributed systems. He is the director of the Cryptography and Information Security Group (CISEC) of Sabanci University. He published many articles.

• FPGA-based Accelerator Development:
• Design, develop, and implement hardware architectures to accelerate homomorphic encryption operations.
• Integrate FPGA-based solutions with existing software cryptographic libraries.
• Create software tools and APIs to enable the integration of software libraries with FPGA accelerators.
• GPU-based Accelerator Development:
• Design, develop, and implement CUDA codes for GPU acceleration of homomorphic encryption operations.
• Integrate GPU accelerators with known software cryptographic libraries.
• Develop software tools and APIs to facilitate the integration of software libraries with GPU accelerators.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Hardware Description Languages: Expert knowledge in Verilog for FPGA design.
• FPGA Expertise: Extensive experience with programmable FPGA devices, including installation, configuration, and application in computer systems.
• CUDA Programming: Expert knowledge in CUDA for GPU acceleration.
• GPU Expertise: In-depth knowledge of programmable GPU devices, their installation, and usage in computer systems.
• Cryptography: Strong background in cryptographic principles, with a preference for experience in secure multi-party computation protocols.
• Operating Systems: Proficiency in Linux for development and deployment environments.
• Programming Languages: Strong command of C/C++ for GPU programming and basic knowledge of Python for prototyping.
• Problem-Solving: Excellent analytical skills to diagnose and resolve hardware and software issues promptly.
• General IT Skills: Familiarity with Windows operating systems, office software, VPNs, and other standard IT tools.
• Communication and Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills for effective collaboration and communication within the research team and with external partners.

Researchers of any nationality in possession of a doctoral degree and those who have not resided in Türkiye for more than 12 months in the three years before the call deadline (11 Sept 2024) are eligible to apply. Please check the conditions and your eligibility at the following link: https://marie-sklodowska-curie....

How to apply?

For applications, the expression of interest should be submitted by email to Prof. Erkay Savaş via [email protected] with the subject "Expression of interest for the MSCA PostDoctoral Fellowship 2024 –- name of the candidate".
The Expression of interest should include following information:
1) Curriculum Vitae
2) Sample publication(s)
3) A brief outline of the proposed research project with defined objectives (max 2 pages)
4) Motivation letter

Hosting Offers:
• Proposal writing / full review support by the Engineering and Natural Sciences Project Office
• Full support for project administration
• Access to key databases, software, and labs
• Full access to the university Information Center, Sports Center and other available facilities and Research Centers