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Researcher ESD I/O Reliability
Employer: imec
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. All of these particular traits make imec to be a top-class employer. To strengthen this position as a leading player in our field, we are looking for those passionate talents that make the difference! At present we hold a position in our Device Reliability and Electrical Characterization group for a (m/f) Researcher ESD I/O Reliability.

Job Description:

As Researcher ESD I/O Reliability you are involved in reliability research in the field of ESD, Latch up and IO interface design. This includes but is not limited to ESD device design, characterize the ESD reliability of on-chip advanced technologies together with their circuit interaction, and design integration together with the IO cell of a an IC.

You will:

  • define and design test structures for ESD reliability characterization for various technology generations and applications in both imec and commercial technologies, supporting imec logic, memory, 3D and Optical IO program.
  • develop and refine ESD measurement hardware and software for ESD reliability characterization.
  • define, execute and analyze experiments to generate learnings on component-level and system-level ESD I/O protection designs.
  • work with integration/device teams and JDP partners to find solutions to improve the ESD reliability of the technologies and applications under development.
  • become imec ESD representative towards the ESD community in terms of ESD tester hardware, and manage ESD JDP on tester development.

We value your PhD degree or equivalent industrial experience in electronics, physics or nanotechnology. Your insight and background in advanced technologies as well as your experience in analog and/or digital design, software development (Scripting languages e.g. Python ) and electrical characterization are well appreciated. Your hands-on experience in ESD electrical characterization, ESD protection design, I/O circuit design, reliability physics, ESD failure mechanisms and failure analysis are considered as a plus. Your independence and team focus are valued skills, as well as your learning agility and your flexibility to work on multiple projects. Your excellent English oral and written communication skills are important to us, because you will be part of imec’s international community.

In exchange for your talent, passion and expertise, you will join a multicultural and high-tech company, with challenges there for the taking. Our flexible, progressive and informal working environment offers you a range of possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. This is your opportunity to contribute to the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. imec supports and guides you in this process; not only with words but with concrete actions. Through, 'our corporate university', we are actively investing in the further development of all our employees to assure their technical and personal growth. Your valuable contribution and that of your colleagues make imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of an attractive and competitive salary with many fringe benefits.

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Date Posted: February 21, 2017