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Postdoctoral Researcher Chip-Scale Laser Spectroscopic Trace Gas Sensing
Employer: imec
Location: Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, 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 4000 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!

Job Description:

What you will do
Laser spectroscopic sensing in the near- and mid-infrared (NIR/MIR) wavelength regions has recently attracted growing interest, owing to its potential for highly sensitive and highly selective gas sensing in industrial, automotive, and life science applications. As a post-doctoral researcher, you will drive the development of application-specific chip-scale optical trace gas-sensing prototypes, leveraging imec’s wafer-scale silicon photonic (SiPh) technology platform comprising silicon(-nitride) waveguide based sensing devices and NIR/MIR hybrid III-V light sources. In a first objective, a system-modeling framework will be established to derive circuit, device and technology requirements for targeted parts-per-billion (ppb) gas sensing applications. Subsequently, the most promising designs will be implemented combining in-house developed and externally sourced components. This position is available in imec’s Semiconductor Technology and Systems (STS) business unit. The work will be carried out in collaboration with application experts in imec’s Smart Electronics and Applications (SEA) business unit, as well as in collaboration with researchers from Ghent University.

Your responsibilities will be:

Modeling and benchmarking of chip-scale laser spectroscopic trace gas sensing systems (30%)
Designing, implementing, and testing application-specific gas sensing prototypes, leveraging imec’s NIR and MIR SiPh platforms (40%)
Contribute to the implementation of optical trace-gas sensing test setups (20%)
Reporting to internal and external stakeholders (5%)
Reporting to the scientific community at conferences or in scientific journals (5%)




 You have obtained a Ph.D. of Science in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Engineering Physics
We value your 3+ years of hands-on experience in designing, implementing and testing laser spectroscopic gas sensing systems, including methods such as TDLAS, DAS, PAS, QEPAS, or others. Experience with photonic integration is a plus but not required.
We are looking for an enthusiastic team player, yet able to independently solve complex problems with limited supervision.
Given the multicultural team you will work in, good knowledge of English is a must.
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: September 24, 2018