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Design Engineer for Digital Standard cell
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! Currently we are looking for a motivated Design Engineer for Digital Standard cell

Job Description:

Would you like to be a part of a team that develops and targets advanced technologies towards node 3nm, 2nm and beyond?

As a part of a world renowned team, you will be involved in the research & development of digital circuits for ultra-scaled dimensions. Based on Design-Technology Co-Optimization (DTCO) framework you will interact with our cutting edge process engineering teams to develop digital circuits, mainly standard cell libraries, for advanced CMOS technology nodes beyond the 5nm node. You will analyze trade-offs between process and design requirements to achieve an optimal DTCO driven solution for different technologies. Patterning layout studies as well as circuit electrical evaluations based on early device models will be at the heart of your job. You will also interact with system level designers to ensure a smooth power-performance-area and cost evaluation flow that assess the technology from process capabilities, up to digital system requirements.

You would also closely interact with imec’s top class customers to provide them with early solutions to their design requirements and deep understanding of process-design interactions.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Standard cell layout
  • Circuit optimization through spice simulations
  •  Close interaction with process teams in a DTCO platform that includes lithography, device modeling and process integration
  • You have a PhD degree or equivalent through experience in Electronics Engineering.
  • You have extensive knowledge on standard cell and/or mixed signal design (preferably both). Experience in advanced technology nodes is a plus.
  • You are familiar with library characterization, circuit design, circuit simulation flows.
  • Experience with Cadence Virtuoso, Schematic editor, Spectre, Cadence Liberate is a plus.
  • You have good knowledge of solid state devices.
  • You are results driven and flexible to meet stringent deadlines with quality output.
  • You are a real team player, able to work in the diversified imec environment, with co-workers coming from all around the world. Proficiency in English is a must.
  • You want to make a difference and you are looking for a challenge.
  • You are self-driven and constantly exploring new opportunities.
  • You benchmark your results with state of the art and explore new methodologies to go beyond. 
  • You are passionate about research, driving changes in the state-of-the art technologies by constantly challenging the status quo.

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: April 7, 2017