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Analog Design Engineer for Ultra Low Power Biomedical Applications
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 with many fringe benefits.

Job Description:

Imec’s Connected Health Solutions R&D design group has a strong experience and background in integrated circuits for future healthcare and life science applications, specializing in IC design for wearable and implantable devices. Our ICs target a broad range of sensing modalities such as ECG, EEG, EMG, PPG, blood pressure, neural activity and bio-impedance, covering the full receive chain including analog signal amplification, filtering, analog-to-digital conversion and digital post-processing and interfacing. Our group has a strong collaboration with other application and algorithm teams within imec who build useful systems around our ICs. As such, imec has a unique position in the world by being able to offer leading edge IC design research with a high affinity to the application domain. We have a strong focus on quality, enabling a short road to (low-) volume production and market introduction.

To strengthen our design team, we are looking for an experienced analog design engineer. The applications within our usual focus are extremely challenging with regards to signal integrity and power consumption. We are hence looking for a designer with a strong background and affinity in low-power and low-noise analog design for biomedical/neural sensing applications.
As an analog design engineer researcher, you will become part of a team to develop novel circuits and ICs.

Your main tasks will include:

  • Actively participate in defining concepts and architectures for next generation ICs for biomedical applications.
  • Collaborate in an inter-disciplinary team. Understand (internal or external) customer requirements and challenges, and translate them into specifications and solutions to be incorporated in the designs.
  • Design high-performance analog and mixed-signal circuits for ultra-low-power sensor interfaces, data converters, bandgap references, etc.
  • Find solutions to problems no-one has solved yet. Design circuits that improve current state-of-the-art.
  • Validate your own designs experimentally in a lab environment.
  • Become an expert in this field by expanding your knowledge of the state-of-the-art by reading journals, attending conferences and submitting your research work for peer-reviewed publications.
  • Constructively participate in larger design teams to ensure first-time right silicon.
  • Employ industry-wide best practices in your designs to ensure quality.
  • Contribute to high-quality reports and documentation.
  • Support (internal or external) customers in absorbing your research work so they can implement it in their applications.
  • PhD degree on analog circuit design with silicon-proven designs (or equivalent through relevant experience). Research and/or industrial experience in biomedical applications such as: neural interfacing, bio-sensing or electro-chemical sensing is an asset.
  • A proven publication track record in top conferences (e.g. ISSCC, VLSI) and/or journals is a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of general analog design concepts (opamps, filters, ADCs, switched-cap circuits, etc.) and, more specifically, of ultra-low-power and ultra-low-noise analog circuit design.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Analog and/or Mixed Signal IC design and verification flows and tools:  Cadence Virtuoso including ADE (G)XL, layout and design verification (DRC, LVS, ERC) and best practices to ensure high-quality designs.
  • Good knowledge of measurement and validation of high-performance, low-noise and low-power analog ICs, and basic knowledge of computational software such as Matlab and Labview to support the design and/or measurements.
  • Research mindset and problem-solving attitude, with a strong desire to stay up-to-date with recent advancements in the state-of-the-art and a broad interest across disciplines.
  • Team player and self-motivated.
  • Be able to work independently and eager to take initiative and responsibility.
  • Be able to communicate openly and constructively, and to present your own work clearly and concisely.
  • Very fluent in English (oral and written).
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Date Posted: July 18, 2018