The NBS group is part of the MSCA ITN - Materials for Neuromorphic Circuits (MANIC)

The NBS group is proud to announce that the group led by Prof. Elisabetta Chicca will be part of the newly granted ITN Materials for Neuromorphic Circuits (MANIC) as part of the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie action Innovative Training Networks. The network is coordinated by the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and consists of 23 participants from both academics and industry (

The focus of the ITN lies within improving current computing paradigms for deep learning applications. Current technology, based on the Turing/von Neumann architecture, requires extensive communication and an excessive amount of energy for computing. However, successes in deep learning show that the paradigm of neuromorphic computing is very attractive. In this multidisciplinary project, new (memristic) materials and architectures for neuromorphic computing will be investigated in order to develop materials that can learn. The scientific aim of MANIC is to synthesize materials that can function as networks of neurons and synapses by integrating conductivity, plasticity and self-organization.

MANIC’s training mission is to recruit fifteen Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and provide them with the best possible research, academic and professional competencies. The MANIC training program is thus designed to provide multidisciplinary training at the interface of chemistry, materials science, physics, computer science, mathematics and engineering with the aim of opening up new approaches in the field of neuromorphic computing.

There will be possibilities for PhD positions both at Bielefeld University and at partner institutions in the context of this network. Information about open positions and the application procedure will be announced once they are available.