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Researcher Analog IC Design Engineer for Next-Generation Ingestible Electronics
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

imec’s Biomedical Circuits and Systems design team has a strong experience and background in integrated circuits for future healthcare and life science applications. Our team specializes in IC design for wearable and implantable healthcare. Our ICs cover a broad range of sensing modalities like ECG, EEG, EMG, PPG, blood pressure, neural activity, bio-impedance etc. We cover the full receive chain including analog signal amplification, filtering, analog-to-digital conversion and digital signal processing and interfacing. Our team has a strong collaboration with other application and algorithm teams within imec who build useful systems around our ICs. As such imec has a unique position in the world able to offer leading edge IC design research with a high affinity to the applications domain. We have a strong focus on quality enabling a short road to (low-) volume production and market introduction.

As an analog IC design engineer researcher, you will become part of a team to develop novel integrated circuits and ICs for ingestible electronics. Your main tasks will include:

  • Actively help define research roadmaps and application focus
  • Develop quick proof-of-concepts with lab equipment and/or COTS components and demonstrate early feasibility in lab experiments to help define final IC and system architectures
  • Actively participate in defining concepts and architectures for bio-chemical sensor interface ICs for implantable and ingestible applications
  • Collaborate in an inter-disciplinary team. Understand (internal or external) customer requirements and challenges and translate that into specifications and solutions to be incorporated in the designs
  • Design high-performance analog and mixed-signal circuits for ultra-low power sensor interfaces, data converters, bandgap references, ...
  • Find solutions to problems no-one has solved yet. Design circuits that improve current state-of-the-art
  • Validate your own designs experimentally in a lab environment
  • Become an expert in this field by expanding your knowledge of the state-of-the-art by reading journals, attending conferences and submitting your research work for peer-reviewed publications
  • Constructively participate in larger design teams to ensure first-time right silicon
  • Employ industry-wide best practices in your designs to ensure quality
  • Contribute to high-quality reports and documentation
  • Support (internal or external) customers in absorbing your research work so they can implement it in their applications.

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.


Who you are

  • You have a PhD on analog circuit design with silicon-proven designs (or equivalent through relevant experience)
  • You have a background (research and/or industrial experience) in bio-chemical or electro-chemical sensing
  • While your primary task will include analog IC design, you have broad interest domains across disciplines including IC design, system design, lab experimentation and bio-chemical sensing principles
  • A proven publication track record in top conferences (e.g. ISSCC, VLSI) and/or journals is a plus
  • Strong knowledge of general analog design concepts (opamps, filters, ADCs, switched-cap circuits..) and, more specifically, of ultra-low-power and ultra-low-noise analog circuit design
  • Excellent working knowledge of Analog and/or Mixed Signal IC design and verification flows and tools:  Cadence Virtuoso including ADE (G)XL, layout and design verification (DRC, LVS, ERC) and best practices to ensure high-quality designs
  • Good knowledge of measurement and validation of high-performance, low-noise and low-power analog ICs, and basic knowledge of computational software such as Matlab and Labview to support the design and/or measurements
  • Research mindset and problem-solving attitude, with a strong desire to stay up-to-date with recent advancements in the state-of-the-art
  • To support lab-testing, basic knowledge of PCB design, microcontroller/FPGA programming and basic programming/scripting (i.e. python) is needed.
  • This being a highly research-oriented position, you should be able to work with uncertain and fuzzy defined specifications. You should be able to help refine specifications and perform quick proof-of-concepts lab tests to help refine CI architectures/specifications.
  • You are a team player and self-motivated
  • You work independently and are eager to take initiative and responsibility
  • You communicate openly and constructively, and you present your own work clearly and concisely
  • You are very fluent in English (oral and written)
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Date Posted: March 11, 2020