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System Architect
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:

You will contribute with system engineering work for an optical/mechanical/electrical (analog/digital with embedded software) system based on newly to be developed nano-process-technologies requiring extreme accuracy and stability while operating in a harsh environment.

  • As a system architect, you will oversee the development and maintenance of the overall system model-set. The system model-set should accurately predict the performances, limitations and interactions of the different building modules such that specifications can be derived for the design and implementation of these modules and such that development complexity is optimally distributed over the building modules.
  • You will make sure that technical provisions are integrated in the development that enable manufacturability, testability and integration into the application.
  • You will take ownership of the system design throughout the complete development cycle: from definition over implementation to testing and debugging of prototypes to finally bring the system to production. This means that you need to distribute and adapt system performance tolerances versus implementation limitations and manufacturing variations, this all along the development cycle. This to enable in a balanced, optimal way, the development of a system meeting the required performance in the time line given.
  • You will work in close cooperation with experts of multiple disciplines to collect the necessary inputs for the system model-set and to build the model and to manage it throughout the development cycle. 
More in detail (as examples and not exhaustive):
  • Translating a multiphysics problem to the s/z-domain and define the control loop(s) to achieve the target performance
  • Setting up and validating new models for the environmental influences.
  • Deriving the specifications for the system blocks.
  • Defining the strategy to validate the system model
  • Updating and calibrating the system model based on obtained results along the development phase.
  • Manage tradeoffs between optimizations of the system blocks to come up with the best solution.
  • Exploring novel system architecture in collaboration with multi-physics designers, ASIC architect and designers, nano-technology-process engineers, characterization engineers and algorithm developers
  • Maintain awareness of recent developments in the field of multi-domain and multi-physics complex system simulations and simulator frameworks
  • Generate and secure IP
  • You will work in close relation with and report to the project manager for project matters.
  • You have a PhD degree or several years of experience in the field of signal processing, control systems, optical systems, mechanical system and/or electrical systems. Experience in an industrial context is a plus.
  • You have a strong experience with behavioral modelling tools and programming languages.
  • You can work independently yet in close collaboration with experts from other technical fields. You enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • You have excellent communication and negotiation skills to align all the main stakeholders at the technical level.
  • You have excellent reporting skills and you can present technical results and choices clearly and concisely.
  • You can easily integrate in an international team. Fluency in English is essential. Occasional travel is part of the job.


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.
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Date Posted: December 17, 2018