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Device modeling researcher

Pathfinding research on technologies and systems with device expertise




Electronics & Engineering

What you will do

As scaling advances, the optimization of technology together with circuits and systems is more than ever essential to maintain performance increase together with power/area reduction in the next generations of chips. Many complex technology options are considered, various device architectures are optimized for a certain application range (logic, memory, analog/RF,...), and disruptive compute paradigms are explored, e.g., spin logic, magnetic RAMs, 2D materials, etc. The system architectures are themselves revisited, enabling a closer and more efficient interaction between various functional blocks. To assess these new and future technology options at circuit and system levels, ad hoc compact models must be developed. These models should preserve the device physics and capture the essence of the technologies to be used in their specific circuit context.

In this job, you will develop such compact models for advanced and future devices. You will derive the mathematical formulation that represents the physics of the problem. The models will be funded on experiments and/or TCAD/ab initio calculations and they will include all relevant effects (depending on the application: parasitics, cryo operation, distortion...). You will incorporate the models in a PDK (Process Design Kit) to enable the system level exploration. You will benchmark various options at low circuit level and help establish a roadmap for future technology developments. You will work in the device modelling team and interact closely with circuit designers, technologist, and process integration engineers.

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 obtained a PhD in electrical engineering;
  • You have good knowledge of device physics, technology, and basic circuit experience;
  • We value your experience in TCAD, compact modeling, PDK;
  • You are a communicative team player, and you also like to work independently;
  • You are creative and like taking initiative;
  • You like to learn and expand your skills;
  • You show the flexibility to change between different projects according to changing priorities;
  • Given the international character of imec, a fluent knowledge of English is necessary.

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.