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Researcher Atom Probe
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, Taiwan, US, China, Japan and India. Its staff of more than 2,000 people includes over 550 industrial residents and guest researchers. We are currently looking for a (m/f) Researcher Atom Probe.

Job Description:

Job description
As advances in materials and process technology in microelectronics are inherently linked with enhanced fundamental understanding, the Materials and Component Analysis group (MCA) plays an important role within imec by providing feedback on materials modifications induced during various process steps. The MCA laboratory disposes over state-of-the-art equipment dedicated to semiconductor analysis  (TEM, SIMS, TOFSIMS, AES, XPS, FIB, SSRM, AFM, RBS, ERD, SRP, nano probing, etc.).  Among those the atom probe technique is an important technique and it provides atomic scale 3D elemental mapping of elemental distributions in materials and nanoscale device. Single atoms and their neighbors can be imaged with (sub)-nm resolution. Imec has already demonstrated the use of atom probe in challenging applications such as dopant profiling in FINFET transistors, III-V devices and several materials.

  • You will be responsible for the fundamental research and development of applications on our atom probe tool. Your tasks will include:
  • Development and optimization of procedures for sample preparation, in particular for nanoscale devices.
  • Characterization of state-of-the-art nano-electronics devices using the atom probe technique.
  • Optimization of data interpretation procedures.
  • Optimization and assessment of quantification accuracy, among others by correlation to other techniques and device performance.
  • Contribution to basic research in atom probe physics and data reconstruction.
  • Reporting to industrial partners.
  • Publishing in international journals and contributing to major conferences.

The work will consist of experimental work in our cleanroom, data interpretation and interaction with other imec researchers. You will be helping in guiding the work of several PhD students in this field. As part of the MCA team, it is expected that you gain knowledge in other characterization methods in order to optimize your data interpretation and your integration in the MCA team and that you can correlate your results to advanced process and device technology. 



  • You have a PhD degree in Engineering, Physics or equivalent through relevant experience.
  • Practical experience in atom probe research is a very important asset as well as a strong scientific portfolio.
  • Additional experience with SEM, FIB is an asset, while knowledge on microelectronics technology is beneficial but not mandatory.
  • The imec environment requires a good and flexible team player with competent communication skills.
  • Fluency in English is a must in imec’s international working environment.
Job Application:

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: November 29, 2012