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Senior Etch Process Engineer
Employer: imec
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Employment Start Date: Flexible/to be discussed

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 2,080 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 Unit Process & Module Department for a (m/f) Senior Etch Process Engineer and Technical Lead.

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 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.

Job Description:

Job description
This position, as Senior Etch Process Engineer and Technical Lead, requires a strong technical background in the area of Etch process development for leading edge technology like N7 or STTRAM. The Senior Etch Process Engineer leads Etch process development in several programs and is in charge of Joined Development Programs with different suppliers. The overall responsibility is to deliver in a timely & efficient manner Etch process solutions for different programs. In day-to-day operations, you are supported by the operational services provided within the organization.

Technical expertise in different Etch area will help to define strategy to develop Etch process required in the new technologies in development. An industry experience will help to implement methodology in order to develop robust Etch process. Hand on experience is also required in order to work directly on the tools to understand interaction between hardware and process and set-up the right characterization for process in development and tool monitoring. Ability to translate goals into specific milestones and to set right priorities in order to ensure high quality R&D is mandatory. The follow up on work progress and planning in order to reach those milestones is also requested. Communication skills are essential to report inside and outside the group in order to inform the programs and other organizations on progress and problem areas.

Finally you establish a proper network within university and with imec partners, with a special focus on the vital relationship with different Etch suppliers.

Your key responsibilities are:

- Providing technical Etch solution to projects and processes in research and development.

- Implementing methodology to ensure process robustness & process control.

- Supporting strategy for Etch process development.

- Executing & reporting on Joint Development Program with suppliers.

- Reporting on Etch process progress towards partners.

- Writing papers, patents and extending network.








- 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 Etch process development.

- You are an enthusiastic person willing to take up the challenge of reaching the ambitious objectives.

- You have excellent planning and organizational skills.

- You have efficient communication and reporting competences.

- Fluency in English is required as this is an international environment.

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Date Posted: June 12, 2014