Intellectual Property (IP) protection solutions for FPGAs

Research assistant

Research focus: Embedded Systems, Embedded Systems and Security
Courses of study: Information Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Related Disciplines, Business Informatics, Industrial Engineering and Management, Business Mathematics

Job Description

Reconfigurable hardware, such as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), is increasingly being used in diverse application areas including automotive systems and the internet of things to name a few. However, the ever growing capabilities of FPGAs require a methodology where individual IP cores from multiple parties are integrated into a larger system.

At the FZI, a detailed investigation is conducted to provide a secure mechanism for the usability of third-party IPs with a pay per silicon licensing scheme.

Your Responsibilities

Possible tasks are:

  • Partial reconfiguration for FPGAs
  • Bitstream manipulation and encryption
  • Development and secure implementation of algorithms
  • Hardware software co-design

Our Offer

  • An interdisciplinary working environment with partners from science, industry and society
  • A working environment and organisation close to business
  • A pleasant working atmosphere
  • Constructive teamwork

Your Profile

  • Knowledge of Verilog/VHDL, FPGA
  • Knowledge of Vivado Design Suite
  • Basic knowledge of Cryptography
  • Self-reliant thinking and working
  • Good German or English skills
  • Motivation and commitment


We are looking forward to receiving your PDF application. Please send your email to Mr. Nadir Khan at containing the following documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • Current transcript of records
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form

Job Description

  • Start: as soon as possible