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Postdoctoral Researcher Wideband Dielectric Sensor Design for Bacteria and Bio-particle Detection
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 4,000 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!

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow.
We are proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth.
We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a competitive salary.

Job Description:

What you will do

The dielectric property of biological cells and bacteria over a wide frequency range can be used to analysis their biological property and screen them from other normal cells in the blood. Unlike the conventional optical approach, this electrical approach leverages the rapid development in the semiconductor industry and enables many low-cost and real-time point-of-care applications. An example could be early cancer detection. There are several challenges in developing such devices. First, the dielectric sensor measures dielectric property over wide frequency range from MHz up to GHz (> 3 octaves), so the sensor needs to generate and process such broadband signal with low distortion.
Second, the dielectric sensor needs to analyze the particles or bacteria in a liquid with very low concentration (e.g., 1 cell/100mL). As a result, the noise floor of the sensor needs to be low.
Finally, to achieve optimum sensor performance, the dielectric sensor and the microfluidic device (a micro flow channel) need to be carefully integrated. So advanced packaging and assembly technologies should be explored.
In this postdoctoral researcher position, you will work with other experts in life science and sensor teams in imec to explore and develop this cutting-edge technology.

As our postdoctoral researcher on wideband dielectric sensor design for bacteria and bio-particle detection you will:

  • Work with imec life science and sensor teams to explore the targeted applications and define the requirements for the wideband dielectric sensor.
  • Benchmark different technologies and proposed a new method for the targeted applications.
  • Design a prototype with off-the-shelf devices to proof the concept of the new method.
  • Based on the prototype, provide requirements of the key components, e.g., ICs, microfluidic, electrodes.
  • Be involved in the development of the key components using imec technologies.
  • Design and integrate the complete wideband dielectric sensor system.
  • Test the dielectric sensor in the real applications, together with imec life science and sensor teams.

You have a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering.
You are interested in the cutting-edge electronic device development for biomedical applications.
We are looking for your solid background in microwave circuit/component design and PCB level system integration. Experience with integrated circuits and microfluidic design is a plus.
We value your relevant tool experience:

  • PCB design tool, e.g., mentor graphic
  • RF/microwave system design, ADS
  • Familiar with EM simulation tool, e.g., Comsol
  • IC design tool (plus): e.g., Cadence

We appreciate your experience of working in multi-disciplinary design teams and good communication, presentation and writing skills in English.

This postdoctoral position is funded by imec through KU Leuven. Because of the specific financing statute which targets international mobility for postdocs, only candidates who did not stay or work/study in Belgium for more than 24 months in the past 3 years can be considered for the position (short stays such as holiday, participation in conferences, etc. are not taken into account).

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Date Posted: July 18, 2018