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Postdoctoral Researcher Scalable hermetic packaging and novel electrodes for future implantables
Employer: imec
Location: Multiple Locations
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:

Neuromodulation is a fast growing market due to strong needs in pain modulation and increasing aging-related disorders. Today's technologies do not offer the resolution needed to finetune stimulation of neuronal circuits, and thus therapy success rates are very variable. Imec is developing chips that allow interfacing with the nervous system with high resolution.

In this postdoc project, the candidate will evaluate packaging and electrode options for scalable manufacturing of implantables. The candidate will screen available technologies, characterize hermetic sealing materials and explore novel electrode materials for the use in imec's neurotechnology projects. Next to performing various measurements on existing test strucutres, the candidate will have to fabricate novel test structures too (microfabrication in clean room).


You have a PhD degree in material engineering, nanotechnology or similar.

  • Experience with electrochemistry of microelectrodes is required.
  • Experience with microfabrication is an important advantage.
  • Experience with implantables/medical devices is a plus.
  • You have published in high-ranking conference and/or journals in the field.
  • Experience with managing and supervising team members; or with participating in national/international research projects is a plus.
  • We are looking your excellent analytical skills.
  • You speak and write English fluently (C1 CEFR level).
  • We value your good communication skills.
  • We appreciate your open mind and multi-disciplinary attitude.

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).

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.

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Date Posted: August 12, 2019