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Analog Design Engineer MEMS

Develop beyond state-of-the-art specialty CMOS-based sensors to be integrated into tomorrow’s CMOS processing tools.




Electronics & Engineering

What you will do

Imec’s specialty component department is focused on doing research and development towards finding innovative and at the same time manufacturable solutions for our partners’ problems and ideas. This R&D work combines our expertise in silicon process technology with multidisciplinary activities ranging from material science, device design, circuit design, MEMS systems, optics and photonics systems, acoustic, microfluidic and thermal systems.

As part of this R&D activity we are also working closely together with our semiconductor equipment suppliers to develop key components for next generations tools. This collaboration can go from early concept studies and generating new and innovative ideas over development, early prototyping, all the way to producing actual parts that will go in the field.

Together with one of our key equipment suppliers we are starting up a new project to investigate a new MEMS based solution which will be key in achieving the required performance to enable semiconductor fabrication for the N3 and beyond generations.

Imec enjoys a world-class reputation in integrated circuit and system design and in IC-process-technology development. Combining these skills, imec’s Imager SoC group develops specialty sensors. Within imec’s “Semiconductor Technology and Systems” unit, our group’s research activities focus on the development of specialty CMOS-based sensors The development of these image sensors is beyond state of the art and these SoCs will be integrated into tomorrow’s CMOS processing tools.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Design high-end electronic circuits for CMOS MEMS-sensors with specifications from transistor level upwards (e.g. clock generation circuits, biasing and reference circuits...).
  • Understand and be able to link your work to the specifications and restrictions of the blocks or sub-system at higher abstraction level.
  • Master the procedures and tools to compile larger blocks of an IC in layout, in simulation (mixed-mode) and in verification.
  • Master specification budgets of larger building blocks and sub-systems.
  • Supervise and verify layout and make layout yourself (of critical blocks or at critical timeline).
  • Investigate topologies, simulate and verify against (block level) specifications
  • Partial layout for critical blocks to simulate for post-layout effects
  • Evaluate the sensor building blocks in our lab: define the measurements, specify the measurement hardware and build/use the measurement SW for semi-automatic measurements and data interpretation.
  • Collaborate with specialists from our cross-disciplinary (MEMS) design and technology teams.

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 committed to being an inclusive employer and 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 imec.academy, '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 market appropriate salary with many fringe benefits.

Who you are

  • You have a PhD degree in Analog IC Electronics or an MSc degree and at least 3 years of professional experience.
  • You are familiar with the aspects of designs using MEMS.
  • You have excellent insight in analog circuit design
  • You are knowledgeable on Cadence design flows and Calibre tools.
  • You are hands-on and have experience with conduction bench measurements in our lab to validate your design.
  • You are disciplined and accurate in your work.
  • You clearly and openly report on the progress of your work and are able to put it in the context of the overall project.
  • You are a good team player and are able to pursue and find compromise.
  • You have a natural desire to interpret and solve problems and you are self-critical.
  • You are result-driven, and you can set and respect deadlines.
  • You can easily integrate into a culturally diverse, international team. Fluency in English is essential.
  • You can work alone yet in close collaboration with experts from other technical fields. You enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.

How can we help?

The Leuven MindGate team is at your disposal for any questions about the Leuven Innovation Region. Do you want to invest, work or study in the region? We can help you find your way.

We also facilitate collaboration and innovation between companies, knowledge institutes and government within the Leuven Innovation Region, and we are happy to guide any of these stakeholders towards innovation.