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Wave-Based System Architect
Employer: imec
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Employment Start Date: Flexible/to be discussed

Organization Description:

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.
As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan.

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 added with competitive extra-legal benefits such as an interesting life insurance, hospitalization insurance and long-term disability insurance. Imec takes on the full cost of these insurances.
Furthermore, imec offers various training possibilities and services, such as a company restaurant, ironing service, the possibility of day care nearby and holiday daycare.

Job Description:

We are currently looking for a system engineer/architect with significant experience in optical and acoustic beam forming, lasers, transducers, microphones, hydrophones and NIR/visible detectors as well as ranging and spectroscopy techniques to join our life science and specialty components team.

The job will consist in leading system architecture definition/analysis activities in various application fields, e.g., LiDAR, SoDAR, MIR/Raman/photoacoustic spectroscopy. Therefore, a strong physics and electronics background is required as well as a flexible approach towards the application of this background in diverse and novel fields. As the main target application under investigation is life sciences, previous experience in a medical, clinical or biology context is a strong asset. Further, synthetic analytic skills are crucial along with very good scripting abilities.
Although this work may look very theoretical, a crucial aspect will be to bridge the gap between theory, simulations and practical, small form factor and real-time implementations. Indeed, we expect the system architect to be instrumental in the breadboard implementation of the systems he or she helps to define.


You have a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics (optics) with a strong background in system modeling. Experience with lidar/radar/sodar signal processing and classification is a definitive plus. You are proficient in scripting and programming (matlab, python, or other scripting languages). You are knowledgeable in most of the following areas: (Pulsed) laser/ultrasound systems, solid-state scanning laser/ultrasound systems, optical/acoustic beam steering systems (phased array transmission and reception), stochastic signal processing, system identification, Kalman filters, estimation techniques (Bayesian estimation, least-squares, spectral estimation, super-resolution algorithms), image processing, supervised and non-supervised classification, neural networks, deep learning. You are a self-starter and a hands-on person. You have excellent communication and reporting skills in English. You can easily integrate in a multidisciplinary team within a global context.

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Date Posted: September 27, 2016