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IC Physical Design Specialist
Employer: imec
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

Imec is the largest independent microelectronics R&D centre in Europe, located in Leuven, Belgium. Over 1950 employees, mostly researchers, work in collaboration with a large number of leading-edge companies and R&D organisations world-wide. Imec performs scientific research that runs 3 to 10 years ahead of the industrial needs, with a view to practical applications.


We are active in the domains of design technologies, systems for telecom applications, submicron silicon technology, microsystems, sensors and imagers, solar cells, multi-chip modules, optoelectronic components and non-volatile memories, etc.


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, a long term disability insurance and a pension plan.  Imec takes on the full cost of these insurances. On top of that you receive meal vouchers for each working day. Furthermore, imec offers various training possibilities and social services such as a company restaurant, ironing service, the possibility of day care on site, holiday daycare and discounts in different sport clubs and shops. To decrease our ecological footprint 100% of the transport by train is reimbursed by imec.

Job Description:

Process technologies provided by foundries are becoming more complex with each new technology generation. Designers must choose between technologies targeted to high performance, low power, and mobile applications as well as multiple threshold voltage options and standard cell library design styles and supply voltages. While IC standard design flows are very good at cost-effectively implementing a design for a fixed technology, their complexity makes them not suited to cross-technology comparisons. 
The ASIC services group has therefore developed a range of analysis tools that both analyse data and link together design flow tools in new configurations to enable rapid technology assessment. We are offering this rapid technology assessment as a service to its customers, under the umbrella of the ‘Technology Targeting’ service.

You will:

• create and assess new design tool flows and their interfaces in the areas of logic synthesis, memory design, placement and routing, and static timing analysis.
• use these design flows to assess the performance of customer designs implemented using different technology choices. 

Additionally, you will be one of the main interfaces with our customers, not only to present and discuss the analysis you performed for them, but also to look into opportunities for extending our offerings to them.


You have a Master’s or PhD degree in electronic or computer engineering with experience in IC design.
You have a strong background in digital design.
You have good programming skills.
You have excellent communication skills, also in English, as you will work closely with internal and external customers.
You are able to take initiative and work independently, while being part of a team.
You are flexible as you will join a team that is setting up a new service to external customers. You are enthusiastic about working in an environment that is not yet fully established.

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Date Posted: June 25, 2012