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Physical Design Researcher

As PD Researcher, you will work on the cutting edge of advanced CMOS technologies and you will contribute towards their evaluation and benchmarking, optimizing design and block level aspects to fully utilize future technologies.




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What you will do

You evaluate through physical design experiments the impact of various technology options (device, standard cell architecture, back-end of line, etc.) on the power, performance, and area of different SoCs (or submodules thereof). Throughout the physical design experiments, you analyze the impact of said technology options to circuit-level aspects of the designs (e.g., critical paths, clock trees, power grids, etc.). You contribute to the development of automated flows with which the physical design experiments are conducted. You go beyond the current capabilities of the tools and work together with EDA partners to get tools ready for the future nodes, e.g., to enable novel power grid solutions, or 3D stacked designs etc.  Furthermore, you interact with universities on development of new micro-architecture concepts that leverage novel technology capabilities. As the focus is on new technology nodes, generating or configuring relevant aspects of the PDK is also part of the job.

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 define the society of tomorrow. As a PD Researcher you will be part of the TED group which handles most projections and proposals for future advanced CMOS nodes. Therefore, you’ll be part of a large, dynamic, and multi-disciplinary group that works on very high-profile projects that have high partner interest.

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. In everything we do, your future colleagues are guided by the imec values of passion, excellence, connectedness, and integrity. 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 master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering or relevant field
  • You are a capable coder that utilizes the power of versioning and documentation
  • You are highly motivated to learn and improve the physical design stack used in the team
  • You are competent and comfortable in extracting valuable insight from large datasets
  • You have a basic understanding of all key building blocks of digital design (from devices to logic gates)
  • You are detail-oriented but are also comfortable in critical thinking and taking decisions to navigate the changing R&D demands
  • You are a strong team player and a good communicator. Sharing the progress of tasks, seeking feedback from your colleagues, and acting as a soundboard, is important to you.

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.