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Postdoctoral Researcher Complex Oxides for Spintronic Device Applications
Employer: imec
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

Imec performs world-leading research in nano-electronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and has offices in the Netherlands, US, Taiwan, China, India and Japan. Its staff of more than 2,500 people includes over 750 industrial residents and guest researchers and scholarships.
Imec has an active and growing program on spintronic applications for logic, memory, and RF analogue applications. The trend to add increasing functionality to microelectronic circuits (“system on a chip”) requires the integration of increasingly heterogeneous materials and structures into a conventional Si-based CMOS environment. Magnetoelectric materials or composites are of great interest to link magnetic storage (MRAM) and Si-based CMOS domains with various possibilities for memory, logic, as well as novel RF analog device applications. 
Pulsed laser deposition is a technique that shows great potential for the deposition of complex materials, for example the complex oxides that form the base of magnetoelectric composites. However, pulsed laser deposition is not yet well established in CMOS processing and the integration of complex oxides into a CMOS environment still poses considerable challenges.
We are currently looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join our spintronics team to study the potential of complex oxides and magnetoelectric compounds for novel spintronic device applications in the field of spintronic logic and RF analogue device applications.

Job Description:

In this postdoc, we would like to explore the potential of pulsed laser deposited complex oxide thin films (ferromagnetic, magnetostrictive, piezoelectric, multiferroic,...) and their heterostructures to enable novel magnetoelectric and RF analog devices in a CMOS environment. Material systems of particular interest include heterostructures of ferrites and high performance piezoelectric materials to optimize the magnetoelectric coupling in artificial multiferroics. Starting from the study of the influence of process parameters (e.g. the thermal budget imposed by CMOS co-integration) on the basic materials properties, the resulting films will then be integrated into test structures and devices in order to understand and optimize their performance as well as their scaling potential. Magnetoelectric and RF analog applications will be studied together with materials and device engineers from the spintronics/magnonics, NEMS, and microwave electronics groups at imec.

  • You have a PhD degree in Physics, Materials Science, or Electrical Engineering.
  • You are interested in working at the interface between materials and cutting-edge electronic devices beyond the CMOS roadmap.
  • You have a track record in pulsed laser deposition, characterization of complex oxides, and/or spintronic device technology.
  • You are a self-starter and a hands-on person.
  • You have excellent communication and reporting skills.
  • You can easily integrate in a multidisciplinary team within global context.
  • Fluent English communication skills are required.

This postdoctoral position is funded by imec through the KU Leuven. Because of the specific financing statute which targets international mobility for postdocs, only candidates who did not stay or work/study in Belgium for more than 24 months in the past 3 years can be considered for the position (short stays such as holiday, participation in conferences, etc. are not taken into account).

Job Application:

We offer you a challenging position in an advanced high-tech environment, in an international team. This is your opportunity to contribute to technologies that will have an impact on tomorrow’s society. We offer you an attractive salary and  various training possibilities.

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Date Posted: August 5, 2016