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Senior Researcher Optical Elements for Augmented and Mixed Reality
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 Senior researcher Optical Elements for AR and MR.

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.

Job Description:

Imec’s Large Area Electronics department is developing electronics on flexible plastic substrates for integration into tomorrow’s flexible displays, imagers and biomedical applications. In this growing R&D activity, we are currently looking for a senior researcher to elaborate vision systems based on emissive displays, and more specifically to design and optimize (holographic) optical elements that combine with imec’s present and future AMOLED displays (on glass, flexible substrates or Si).
You will be a driver for the developments on holographic optical systems for augmented reality (AR) and mixed-reality (MR) applications.

Your responsibilities will include:
- Development of optical elements for AR and MR applications;
- Profound understanding of the optical part of vision systems, including modeling, simulation, and analytical evaluation of device performance;
- Understanding of application requirements and their translation to device specifications;
- Building of experimental optical characterization setups;
- Guidance of postdoc researchers, PhD and Master’s students to leverage the work;
- Definition and coordination of projects with customers;
- Writing and coordination of public funded projects.


You are a self-motivated researcher, who seizes opportunities and is enthused by new challenges. You benchmark your results with state of the art and explore new methodologies that go beyond today’s solutions. You have a PhD degree (minimum a Master’s degree) or equivalent experience in Physics or Nano-science/nano-technology. You have extensive knowledge of thin film devices and experience with optics, sensors and/or actuators. You are experienced with optical modeling, measurement and characterization. You have cleanroom experience and knowledge about thin film device fabrication. You have practical experience in building experimental optical characterization setups. You have experience in project writing. You are organized and you can structure a complex project. You have excellent communication skills, that you will use to interface with internal and external customers. You can work according to agreed customer timelines and manage time efficiently according to aggressive project schedules. You take initiative and work independently, while being part of a team. You are result-driven and flexible to meet stringent deadlines with quality output. The imec environment requires a good team player with customer-oriented communication and reporting skills. Given the international character of imec, a good knowledge of English is mandatory.

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Date Posted: August 10, 2017