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Circuit Designer for Machine Learning
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 90 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

  • You will explore the power, performance and area (PPA) of dedicate Machine Learning architectures to benchmark them in imec’s Machine Learning technology offering
  • Teaming up with various experts inside imec, you will explore circuit design trade-offs for new technologies to enable compute-in-memory for machine learning, starting from new and existing synapse or neuron devices up to full array and periphery design
  • You will be responsible for:
    • Full custom design, layout and verification of CMOS driver arrays
    • Exploring novel driver circuit and chip architectures to enable technology development
    • Interfacing with imec’s process and algorithm experts to understand requirements and constraints for computational memory arrays for machine learning
    • Maintaining awareness of the algorithmic context driving the ASIC specifications
    • Generating and securing IP
    • Keeping up-to-date on recent developments in the field. You do this by studying literature and interacting with your colleagues.
  • You will maintain and build links with imec’s commercial and academic partners and follow up joint research projects with them 
  • You will help drive imec’s technology and architecture roadmap to build the semiconductor technology for AI of the near and far away future.

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.
  • A full time permanent position in Leuven, Belgium
  • An exciting position in a rapidly growing, multi-disciplinary team
  • The chance to define help drive imec’s technology and architecture roadmap to build the AI technology of the near and far away future. 


Who you are


  • You have a PhD or several years of experience in full-custom integrated circuit design.
  • You have experience with the design of structured arrays, e.g. memories, imagers or large DACs.
  • We value experience with
    • Designing with incomplete device information and PDKs and communicating with device engineers.
    • VLSI front end and/or back end design flow
    • Cadence PCELL development
  • You work in a structured, transparent and accurate way.
  • You are a constructive team player and actively share 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.
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Date Posted: January 25, 2019