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Researcher Deposition STT-MRAM
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 2,086 people includes over 750 industrial residents, guest researchers and scholarships.

Job Description:

Job description
To improve performance, dimensional scaling has consistently played a crucial role, which has led to faster and more power efficient devices. At present, the more conventional memory technologies, like SRAM, DRAM, and Flash, are running towards fundamental scaling limits, such that more advanced technologies will need to be developed.  One of the more promising alternatives today is Spin Torque Transfer Magnetic Random Access Memory (STT-MRAM) for which imec has recently started a new and exciting program. Using state of the art equipment in its 300mm production line, imec is determined to set new boundaries for future memory technologies.
The core element of STT-MRAM is the Magnetic Tunnel Junction (MTJ), consisting of two ferromagnets separated by a thin insulator. Using spin polarized current, the magnetization of one of the ferromagnets can be switched, changing the electron tunnel resistance. Today, the complex multilayer MTJ stacks are being deposited by the most advanced PVD techniques, where control at the atomic level is of the utmost importance to enhance the device characteristics.
As a Researcher you will actively contribute to the development and optimization of the MTJ stacks starting from the definition of the experiment, through the deposition of the layers, down to the characterization of the MTJ properties. You will closely interact with the integration engineers to bring these layers to a fully functional integrated device level.



  • You have a PhD degree in Physics, Materials Science or Engineering.
  • You are an experienced professional with a strong background in STT-MRAM, preferably in an industrial environment.
  • You have experience with MTJ read heads (magnetic recording head).
  • You are a hands-on person with solid knowledge of the deposition and characterization of MTJs.
  • You can quickly change the focus of your research and pursue opportunities.
  • You have excellent reporting skills and are able to present scientific results (publications, conferences, seminars).
  • You can easily integrate in an international team.
  • Good English communication skills are required.

We offer
We offer you a challenging position in an advanced high-tech environment, in an international and multicultural 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, 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. Imec offers various training possibilities and social services such as a company restaurant, ironing service, the possibility of day care nearby, 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: March 5, 2014