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Senior Director Lithography & Advanced Patterning
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.  Imec's semiconductor research targets logic, memory and interconnect scaling for the 10nm technology node and beyond. At present we hold a position in our Process Technology Unit for a (m/f) Senior Director Lithography & Advanced Patterning.

Job Description:

Job description
This position requires inspiring technical leadership in the area of lithography and advanced patterning for a growing team of more than 100 highly qualified R&D staff. The Director Lithography & Advanced Patterning leads the Lithography Process, Advanced Patterning, Computational, Mask, Metrology and Exploratory Lithography, s.a. Directed Self Assembly, teams and is in charge of the advanced ASML lithography tools installed at imec and the Joined Development Programs. You have the overall responsibility to deliver advanced lithography and patterning solutions to our customers. As director, you manage the resources and people of the department, using imec’s HR tools and guidelines. In day-to-day operations, you are supported by a management team, and by the operational services provided within the organization.

Together with experts from each respective field and based on input from the partners, you develop a short and long term strategic plan for the department. You translate goals into specific milestones for the department members. You set the right priorities in order to ensure high quality R&D and follow up on work progress and planning in order to reach those milestones. You also organize and facilitate optimal communication inside and outside the department in order to inform the programs and other organizations on progress and problem areas.

You follow up on new technology trends and guarantee the readiness of the department for next generation technology nodes at any time.  Finally you establish a proper network with imec partners, with a special focus on the vital relationship with ASML.

Your key responsibilities are:

  • providing technical and managerial direction to projects and processes in research and development;
  • selecting, developing, and evaluating personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the lithography and advanced patterning function within imec;
  • working with Sales & Marketing to transfer identified customer demands into new offerings by imec;
  • managing the department’s budget and staff;
  • participation in the formation of the IP portfolio and patent related topics;
  • you are the primary technical and operational interface to our strategic partner ASML.


  • You have a PhD (or a Master degree with equivalent experience) in Science or Applied Science.
  • Your technical expertise and at least 10-15 years of industrial experience in lithography are essential.
  • You have a proven record and experience in people, operational management and technical team leadership.
  • You are an enthusiastic person willing to take up the challenge of reaching the ambitious departmental objectives.
  • You have excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Fluency in English is required as this is an international environment.

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.
Furthermore, imec offers various training possibilities and services, such as a company restaurant, ironing service, the possibility of day care on site, and holiday daycare. 

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Date Posted: August 23, 2013