CMP R&D Engineer

18 March 2020

You are member of the CMP team at imec, that is responsible for developing processes that help build devices for imec’s Logic, Memory, Interconnect, Life Sciences... program activities.


Chemical Mechanical Polishing (CMP) is an enabling technology for the nanoelectronics industry. CMP uses a chemical formulation that contains abrasive nanoparticles to polish wafers to remove unwanted material and planarize its surface. The aim of this position is to strengthen the R&D activities on CMP in general, and to represent CMP in process technology transfers to customers in particular.

What you will do

You are a member of the CMP team at imec, that is responsible for developing processes that help build devices for imec’s Logic, Memory, Interconnect, Life Sciences... program activities. You work in a team of 11 people with whom you interact daily.

As an CMP R&D Engineer, you contribute to the R&D activities on the CMP of metals and dielectrics, post-CMP clean, and validation of the obtained results with state-of-the-art equipment. In this position, you are the first point of contact for customers on the topic of CMP, collecting documentation and transferring information, besides setting up dedicated experiments.

More specifically, your tasks include:

  • Designing, conducting and analyzing experiments.
  • Perform a range of post-CMP characterization techniques and report on the results.
  • Active contribution to technology transfers, research programs and joint development programs with external partners.
  • Interface with integration engineers, researchers and customers.
  • Coordination and implementation of non-standard development work in IMEC’s fab organization together with fab process engineers and the pilot line.
  • Report about your work to internal and external partners and customers.
  • Take in questions and requests from customers, and actively follow up.
  • Collect information from your peers, summarize and transfer to the customer.

You will be coached on-the-job by the CMP team leader.

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow.

We are proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth.

We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a competitive salary with many fringe benefits.

Who you are

  • You have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Materials Science or Engineering, or equivalent by experience. Proven experience in the field of CMP is an asset.
  • You will require a strong capability to work independently with a focus on quality.
  • You will actively participate in cross-functional teams, utilizing scientific and engineering skills to enhance the team’s capability.
  • You have good communication skills since you will work with a multicultural mix of imec researchers, partners and customers. Prior experience in customer relations in an asset.
  • You are a team player with good networking skills. You also possess good reporting skills.
  • Since your job consists of a variety of activities, depending on the interactions with imec’s research programs and customers, a flexible attitude towards your tasks is required.
  • Given the international character of imec, good knowledge of (spoken and written) English is a must.

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