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Program Director for STT-MRAM
Employer: imec
Location: Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, 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 2000 people includes over 550 industrial residents and guest researchers. At present we hold a position in our CMOS Technology department for an experienced professional to scientifically lead our STT-MRAM program. 

Job Description:

As the demand for faster, smaller and more power-efficient devices is increasing, the present memory technologies, such as DRAM and SRAM are reaching their limits in terms of scalability beyond the 2X-nm generation. Alongside the thriving effort to push further the boundaries of current technologies, new emerging memory technologies are being developed and the Spin-Transfer Torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM) is considered as one of the most promising replacement candidate.

Imec has implemented a world class program developing STT-MRAM with a state-of-the-art dedicated 300mm tool set aiming at sub-1X nm technology nodes. The program targets the development of materials and devices to enable STT-MRAM to become a competitive mass production technology with aggressive scalability, performance and reliability goals, while providing the fundamental understanding through advanced characterization, simulations and modeling.

To further strengthen our program leadership team, we are searching for a Program Director (m/f) managing the STT-MRAM program with great visibility and exposure towards the world leading IDMs, foundries, suppliers and system companies.

  • You drive the scientific value creation, generating industry relevant technical solutions;
  • You define the strategic direction of the STT-MRAM program;
  • You provide scientific and technical input to the program roadmap for embedded and stand alone applications;
  • You have a general overview of research activities in spintronics for STT-MRAM, you estimate the effects of trends and developments in the field, thus impacting the program strategy;
  • You provide scientific output in the form of papers on publishable results, participate in top-notch conferences, internal program deliverables and you apply for patents;
  • You seek out areas that might prove interesting in the long term, develop topics that might become important in the future (time span of 5 to 10 years) and may initiate new programs for imec.
  • You build up relations and networks in imec, the scientific community and throughout the industry.


  • You have a PhD in Physics or Electronics Engineering with advanced expert knowledge in magnetic materials, preferably STT-MRAM;
  • You have 10 years of industry and/or academic experience in the field of STT-MRAM and magnetic materials;
  • You have proven track record in leadership and management;
  • You have insight in CMOS device and memory architectures;
  • You are able to implement your expert knowledge towards further advancement of the program;
  • You are well organized with a drive for results.

We Offer
We offer you a challenging position in an advanced high-tech environment, in an international team with high exposure to the entire semiconductor world of leading IDMs, foundries, suppliers and system companies.  We offer you the opportunity to impact all of those companies for their future roadmaps and contribute to technologies that will have an impact on tomorrow’s society. We offer you a competitive salary added with very attractive extra-legal benefits.

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Date Posted: August 21, 2012