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R&D Engineer Lithography Imaging and Simulation
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 2,080 people includes over 550 industrial residents and guest researchers.

The Advanced Patterning Center (APC) is a joint initiative launched by imec and ASML to address the upcoming scaling challenges associated with the chip industry’s move towards single digit nanometer dimensions. The center is located at the imec campus in Leuven (near Brussels) and is expected to grow continuously over the next couple of years. The APC is associated with the imec Supplier Hub, an initiative involving many leading edge semiconductor equipment suppliers, aimed at creating a collaborative environment to investigate the practical interactions between all the different steps in the chip patterning process. The APC and Supplier Hub will use actual devices to analyze and optimize process steps as well as materials and device architecture choices, while applying integrated metrology. For the APC we are looking for an R&D Engineer Lithography Imaging and Simulation (m/f).



Job Description:

Job Description

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Imaging exploration of advanced (EUV and/or 193 nm) lithography by illumination and mask optimization through lithography simulation work and experiments in the imec 300mm cleanroom using the most advanced lithography equipment.

  • Follow all recent developments in the field through detailed literature study.

  • Developing an expertise in lithography simulation software in support of different projects within your team.

  • Running your own projects in the area of lithography imaging exploration. This will involve performing both simulations and experiments (wafer exposures and evaluation by SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy)). The focus is on understanding underlying mechanisms or phenomena by comparing experiments to simulations and bringing this thorough analysis of the data into a concise report.

  • Knowledge transfer to the different partners and colleagues through regular reporting and presenting of the main results.



  • You have a PhD in Physics, Chemistry or Nano-engineering.

  • You have knowledge of and experience in advanced lithography.

  • You have excellent communication skills in English, as you will work in a multicultural team and closely with our partners.

  • You are a team player with a strong drive to share your experience and knowledge with colleagues.

  • You have good networking skills.

  • You are enthusiastic about working in an environment that is not yet fully established.

  • You have analytical skills and capability to think out of the box.


We Offer

We offer you a challenging position in a dynamic and explorative 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.

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For more information on the APC launch kindly refer to

Date Posted: August 6, 2014