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Postdoctoral Researcher Multi-physics simulations of switchable scatterers for real time video holography
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!

Job Description:

The Wave-Based Sensing and Actuation department is exploring, developing and optimizing advanced optical beam forming strategies in wavelength ranging from THz through NIR and visible to UV. These systems result in ultra large arrays of nano-photonic antennas used to steer, focus or in general shape light for various applications. In the case of video holography projection in the visible, billions of antennas must be addressed in phase and/or in amplitude at 100-200 Hz within sub-wavelength pitches. The goal of this research is to develop novel fast and ow power high optical efficiency and contrast switchable scatterers based on various physical switching principles.

Within this context, imec is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher on next generation truly holographic 3D video projection, working not only on hologram generation but also (de-)compression.

You will be responsible for:

  • Exploring existing and emerging memory technologies and their potential for optical switching below optical wavelength
  • Simulating multi-physics behaviour of switchable scatterers (thermo-opto-mechanical; electro-optical; strain-optical; ...)
  • Interfacing with
    • Integration engineer and material scientists
    • Algorithm developers to jointly define optimisation direction for scatterer performance
    • ASIC and system designers for the mapping and performance of algorithms on actual hardware
  • Experimentally verifying scatterer performance and define test setups for this purpose
  • Generate and secure IP
  • Keeping up-to-date on all recent developments in the field. You do this by studying literature, interacting with your colleagues. Also, you will have access to the other imec development work in the field of memory and optical beam forming.

We will train you at the start of your job. We teach you how to work with the advanced simulation softwares and formalisms as well as lab equipment available at imec.
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 an interdisciplinary 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.

  • You have a PhD in Material Sciences, Electrical Engineering or Physics.
  • We value your experience with
    • Fundamental research in analytical and numerical simulation of complex wave-based systems
    • Optical system modeling
    • Doing experiments with complex experimental optical setups or scientific instruments
    • Modeling using advanced computer software
  • We need your analytical skills and experience with mathematical packages for processing complex datasets (such as Matlab).
  • We think it is important that you can work in a structured, transparent and accurate way.
  • We appreciate your constructive way of working in a team and sharing of experience and knowledge with colleagues.
  • Your networking skills, creativity, persistence and passion for what you do are highly valued.
  • We are looking for your excellent communication skills in English, as you will work in a multicultural team and closely with our partners.

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: November 29, 2018