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Senior Researcher III-V Epitaxy
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 2,000 people includes over 550 industrial residents and guest researchers. At present we hold a position in our Wet Processing, Epi and Assembly (WEA) department for a (m/f) Senior Researcher III-V Epitaxy.

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Job description
In the quest for new optical and electronic applications, the classical silicon-based semiconductor industry started to introduce compound semiconductor (III-V) materials because of their exciting properties which outperform silicon. Fully in line with this new trend, imec’s R&D programs are exploring and introducing III-V materials in various advanced schemes and architectures. The Logic program which aims at further extending Moore’s law of CMOS scaling, is looking into replacing Si by III-V layers as channel material due to their extremely high carrier mobilities. In the interconnect program, optical interconnects based on III-V devices will bring the required bandwidth which cannot be met anymore by the standard electrical interconnects. Key to these applications is the growth of the required III-V hetero-structures by means of metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) on 300mm Si wafers. Whereas epitaxial growth of III-V layers on Si is one of the most challenging process steps in manufacturing, it has attracted considerable attention over the last years due to its possibilities to tailor III-V materials to the desired properties in a cost effective way.

  • You plan and follow up the process development as member of the III-V epitaxy team.
  • You will be responsible for the design and interpretation of complex growth experiments.
  • You will provide fundamental understanding on the physical and chemical processes that govern the growth dynamics of III-V materials on patterned device wafers.
  • You will lead the III-V research activities of the team. You present research results on international conferences, publish key results in scientific journals and turn new ideas into IP.
  • You will actively contribute to the continuous improvement of MOCVD growth processes and equipment in close collaboration with our tool manufacturers engineering teams. You will share and discuss your R&D results at team and program meetings, and you timely execute process development projects.
  • You will work in a dynamic multidisciplinary and multicultural environment together with imec researchers, industry assignees, device and process experts.


  • You obtained a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Material Sciences and display a strong scientific mindset.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in III-V epitaxy by means of MOCVD is a must, preferably at least partially in an industrial semiconductor environment.
  • Given the international character of imec, fluency in English is a must.
  • You are an ambitious and motivated team player with good communication and reporting skills.

We offer
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.
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.

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Date Posted: October 15, 2012