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Researcher in Sustainable Electronics Packaging

Assess the present and future environmental footprint of the semiconductor industry through in-depth analysis of IC packaging materials and manufacturing processes.

What you will do

Sustainability is one of the key challenges of our society, with critical situations in climate change, resources depletion and pollution. In the last decades, environmental concerns played no role in the evolution of semiconductor technologies: it was governed by other factors focusing on the increase of performance, the reduction of power consumption, continuous area scaling and cost reduction. Nevertheless, the surging demand of chips puts the electronics industry’s environmental impact in the spotlight. To address this environmental gap, imec has created a sustainability program with two focal points: The assessment of the environmental footprint of Integrated circuit fabrication and packaging, and the development of more sustainable manufacturing solutions.

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to join us in growing this exciting and crucial program. Relying on the life-cycle assessment methodologies already developed in the research team, you will set up and conduct systematic in-depth evaluations of the environmental impact of present and future IC packaging technologies. In a first step, you will expand the imec.netzero tool with models for IC packaging materials and manufacturing processes in order to quantify their carbon footprint, water and rare material usage. Further down the line, you will identify and document actionable “hot spots” with high environmental impact and feed them into an electronics sustainability roadmap which will guide our efforts towards a more sustainable industry. You will work in close collaboration with teams in imec working on packaging technologies, electronic circuit & system design, as well as interface with industrial partners and make sure these assessments are relevant for the industry. Finally, you will report your results to the industry partners and the broader semiconductor community.

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its associated lab CMST in Ghent, 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 are a self-motivated and well-organized researcher who:

  • possesses a Master or PhD degree in Electronic Engineering, micro- or nanotechnology or similar.
  • has an in-depth knowledge of standard and advanced packaging technologies.
  • is familiar with electronics design and system architecture.
  • has experience in sustainability, environmental sciences, life cycle analysis.
  • can handle vast amount of information in an organized, precise manner with a keen eye for detail.
  • has good communication skills with an excellent command of English given the international character of imec.
  • is able to work according to agreed customer timelines and manage time efficiently.
  • shows initiative and autonomy, while being part of a team.
  • is willing to move to Belgium as working from abroad is not possible for this position.

Language

Nederlands - English

Sector

Electronics & Engineering

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