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Director Materials and Component Analysis
Employer: imec
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

Imec is an established world-leading research center in nanoelectronics. More than 2350 international top talent researchers, engineers and (lab) technicians leverage their knowledge to develop innovative technology solutions that address the social issues in health care, (wireless) communication and sustainable energy.
The building block it all starts from is the chip. Imec aims to shape the chip as performant and small as possible enabling almost innumerate potential applications. To accomplish this, we collaborate with over 500 partners, including renowned universities and international research partners.
Imec is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and has offices in the Netherlands, US, Taiwan, China, India and Japan.

As advances in materials and process technology in nanoelectronics are inherently linked with enhanced fundamental understanding of nanoscale materials interactions and modifications, the Materials and Component Analysis department (MCA) plays an important role within imec by providing feedback on material properties, material modifications and interactions, device architectures as induced or created during various process steps and technology developments. 

Internationally, the MCA department of imec is also recognized for its fundamental studies on metrology, novel metrology concepts and instrumental innovations. With the research activities of imec focusing on the development of next generation technologies, its metrology capabilities are continuously being challenged with new, stringent characterization requirements, thus necessitating also a concurrent strong research activity in metrology in order to stay at par with these technological developments and requirements.

Currently, we are looking for a Department Director MCA with a strong technical background in the field of metrology, physics as well as semiconductor technology to sustain these activities and to further improve on its scientific excellence, operations and customer response. The Department Director MCA will work in our facility in Leuven, Belgium.

Job Description:

As Director MCA you will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Achieving the department milestones in terms of output, TAT, scientific progress, budget control, customer support and planning. Supporting and stimulating your teams in their daily MCA operations enabling them to reach their milestones and take pro-active measures to improve their performance and results.
  • Support and stimulate (senior) scientific staff:

o    to define jointly long term research activities,

o    to help to transform a strategic plan into operational plans,

o    to pursue advances in technical approaches,

o    to implement novel methodological developments.

  • Strategic planning and organization to optimize the offering and operational procedures leading to high quality, high volume, short turnaround time and technical capabilities matching the present and future customer requirements.
  • Interfacing as the expert to the end-customer and working closely with the technical Project Leaders or Senior Technical Experts across imec in order to plan, execute and control all MCA involvements and customer support and provide high level technical advice on its involvement and capabilities.
  • People management of the department with a strong attention to continuous growth, learning, safety, career planning, work-life balance, technical and scientific excellence.
  • Support of the R&D activities of imec and MCA with the creation of business propositions and project proposals, while leveraging imec’s platforms, technologies and IP. Executing the R&D projects throughout their lifespan including definition, funding applications, project management, reporting (management and scientific) with adequate attention towards scientific publications, IP protection (patent generation), spin-off creation and added value for our customers.
  • You have a PhD degree in Materials Science, Physics, or Electronic Engineering or equivalent experience.
  • You have extensive knowledge of semiconductor technology, semiconductor physics and in particular of Metrology for semiconductor applications. Previous experience with Metrology in an industrial semiconductor environment is preferred.
  • Technical and scientific excellence is one of your main drivers. You have a strong record in scientific excellence (papers, an H-index of at least 20, patents, invited papers, collaborations) and experience in coaching scientists, PhD students, project writing and funding acquisition. A combination of industrial and academic experience (including teaching) is an asset.
  • You have a proven track record and successful experience in people and operational management.
  • Given the challenging and innovative environment, you have a ‘can do’ attitude combined with a large drive for results and are not afraid to take on new challenges.
  • You can take initiative, are creative and can work independently.
  • You are customer oriented and can work/communicate well within a team.
  • Since you will be working in a highly international environment, fluency in English and intercultural flexibility is essential. 
Job Application:

We offer you a challenging position in an advanced high-tech environment, in a company with an international team with high exposure to the entire semiconductor world. Also, we offer the opportunity to provide scientific, technical and managerial direction to projects and processes in the field of materials, component analysis and metrology in an internationally recognized department. We offer you a competitive salary added with very attractive extra-legal benefits.

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Date Posted: August 12, 2016