CPU Research Scientist (Contractor) – AI

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Our vision and mission is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

About Huawei Research and Development UK Limited

Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We have 207,000 employees and operate in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world.

Our vision and mission is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. To this end, we will drive ubiquitous connectivity and promote equal access to networks; bring cloud and artificial intelligence to all four corners of the earth to provide superior computing power where you need it, when you need it; build digital platforms to help all industries and organizations become more agile, efficient, and dynamic; redefine user experience with AI, making it more personalized for people in all aspects of their life, whether they’re at home, in the office, or on the go.

This spirit of innovation has led Huawei to work in close partnership with leading academic institutions in the UK to develop and refine the latest technologies. With a shared commitment to innovation and progress, both parties have worked together to achieve common goals and establish a strong partnership. The partnership between UK and Huawei help to develop the technologies of the future that will transform the way we all communicate, work and live.

For the past 30 years we have maintained an unwavering focus, rejecting shortcuts and easy opportunities that don’t align with our core business. With a practical approach to everything we do, we concentrate our efforts and invest patiently to drive technological breakthroughs.

This strategic focus is a reflection of our core values:

  • staying customer-centric,
  • inspiring dedication,
  • persevering,
  • Growing by reflection

Huawei Research and Development UK Limited Overview

Huawei’s vision is a fully connected, intelligent world. To achieve this, we work to inspire passion for basic research around the world. Our combined passion drives development across the global innovation value chain. Huawei has the largest Research and Development organization in the world with 96,000+ employees in research centers around the globe. In the UK, we already have design centers in Cambridge, London, Edinburgh and Ipswich. We continue to explore and define new research directions and new services. We have expanded our collaborations with academic researchers; researched new network architectures, integration of communications and key enabling technologies; and developed the fundamental theories of these technologies. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey and drive your career forward.

Job Summary

Kirin is a groundbreaking heterogeneous intelligent chip that powers Huawei mobile phones and other devices. Our chip is designed to accelerate all kinds of smartphone services, such as internet browsing, navigation, games, video/image and AI processing. In order to provide the best possible experience for our customers, we’re looking for world class scientists and engineers to join our CPU research team.

As a micro-architecture research scientist with the Kirin team, you will be responsible for investigating performance and energy bottlenecks of the mobile CPU micro-architecture pipeline. You will be developing and exploring novel techniques for performance and energy software/hardware optimizations. The open position implies a wide range of research activities in collaboration with research centers across UK towards improving the performance and energy efficiency of Kirin. In this role, you will have a chance to prototype the state-of-the-art in-house CPU design and participate in the development of a new generation of system software stack for the Edge ecosystem. We welcome candidates who are ready to face all kinds of challenges and has a passion to compete with world-wide companies for the technological leadership.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research of novel microarchitecture optimisation techniques.
  • Prototyping of microarchitectural optimisations using GEM5.
  • Deep optimisation of prefetchers and vector runahead techniques for mobile devices.
  • Gathering, analysing and presenting the results of mobile system profiling.
  • Analysis of state-of-the-art technologies applied for improving the mobile system energy efficiency.
  • Assisting in publishing papers at top tier system conferences, such as ISCA, ASPLOS, MICRO and HPCA.

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of Huawei Research and Development UK Limited.

Person Specification:


  • Master/PhD degree in Computer science/Engineering/Physics etc.
  • Deep knowledge of micro-architectures and memory subsystems.
  • Knowledge of computer architectures and memory subsystems.
  • Knowledge of the GEM5 simulation framework.
  • Strong coding skills, strong skills in C, C++, python and/or other scripting languages.
  • Publications at the top tier conferences, such as ASPLOS, MICRO, ISCA and HPCA.
  • Highly-motivated and independent individual with a strong desire for knowledge acquisition.


  • Knowledge of the Android/Linux kernel.
  • Knowledge of ARMv8/ARMv9.
  • Knowledge of the state-of-the-art prefetch and speculative computing techniques.
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