Analog Design Engineer for Ultra-Low-Power Biomedical Applications
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 close to 3,500 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!
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 that 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.
To strengthen our design team, we are looking for an experienced analog IC designer. The applications within our usual focus are extremely challenging with regards to signal integrity and power consumption. We are hence looking for a researcher with a strong background and affinity in low-power and low noise analog design for biomedical/neural sensing applications. As an analog design engineer researcher, you will become part of a team to develop novel integrated circuits and ICs.
Your main tasks will include:
- Actively participate in defining concepts and architectures for next generation ICs for biomedical 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.
You have a PhD degree on analog circuit design with silicon-proven designs (or equivalent through relevant experience). Research and/or industrial experience in biomedical applications such as neural interfacing, bio-sensing or electro-chemical sensing is an asset. A proven publication track record in top conferences (e.g. ISSCC, VLSI) and/or journals is a plus.
You have 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. You have 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. You have a 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. You have a research mindset and problem-solving attitude, with a strong desire to stay up-to-date with recent advancements in the state-of-the-art and a broad interest across disciplines. You are a team player and self-motivated. You can work independently and are eager to take initiative and responsibility. You can communicate openly and constructively, and present your own work clearly and concisely. You are very fluent in English (oral and written).
In exchange for your talent, passion and expertise, you will join a multicultural and high-tech company, with challenges there for the taking. Our flexible, progressive and informal working environment offers you a range of possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. This is your opportunity to contribute to the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. imec supports and guides you in this process; not only with words but with concrete actions. Through imecAcademy, 'our corporate university', we are actively investing in the further development of all our employees to assure their technical and personal growth. Your valuable contribution and that of your colleagues make imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of an attractive and competitive salary with many fringe benefits.