Tenure Track

The imec tenure track is a unique opportunity for you as a scientist to develop your own research idea, linked to one of imec’s expertise domains. We offer you an inspiring environment and your own research team.

Tenure track at imec

A tenure track at imec means that you get the opportunity to work on your own innovative research idea with your own research team. If you have a first postdoc experience, the imec tenure track is the perfect next step in your career.

Don’t see this tenure track in the traditional sense of the word. Because it’s better. Imec is on the edge between academic institutions and industries. This means: we give you the same freedom of research that you might know from the academic world, combined with the financial possibilities of private companies. Whatever your idea is, you get all the resources you need to explore it, develop it and put it into practice.

Imec plans to offer a tenure track position to one or two top researchers every year.

Why imec?

We won’t decide your research domain, nor the topic of your work. That’s completely your call. But we do guarantee you a flying start, by providing you with all the resources you need:

  • a research team consisting of 2 PhD students and a postdoc
  • financial resources
  • a permanent contract
  • access to state-of-the-art infrastructure, such as our 2.5 B dollar cleanroom, and other research labs
  • a strong network of +600 partner companies
  • an inspiring high-tech environment with top scientists from diverse disciplines
  •  a unique opportunity to create impact, whatever your research domain is

Our headquarter is situated in Belgium, which you might know because of its famous chocolate and beer. But we’re also world-famous in the field of semiconductor technology. In this tiny country in the heart of Europe, big technological innovation takes place. More than 4,000 world-class talents from nearly 100 nationalities are exploring the art of science and technology to do groundbreaking research. Their aim? To solve the thorniest questions facing the human race.

Application process

Application deadline: January 15th, 2020

Selection process:

  • First step is the screening of your application file. Here, our expert selection committee will closely read and evaluate your resume and research proposal. At the latest one month after the application deadline (January 15th, 2020), you will be informed by email whether or not you are selected for the next round.
  • The first interview round consists of a technical call via Skype or telephone. If positive, an HR call will be scheduled mainly focusing on motivation and practical aspects.
  • For the final interview round, we invite candidates for an onsite program where a presentation, technical interviews and an HR interview will be combined.
  • When the interviewing finishes, the selection committee will consolidate the interview feedback and decide on the selected candidate. Candidates who are not selected after the onsite interviews will be notified by call. If you have not heard from us regarding the status of your application, it is because a final decision has not been reached yet.
  • In case of questions, please contact tenuretrack@imec.be.

Click here to read more about the vacancy and to submit your application.

Working in Belgium

Working in Belgium does have many advantages. Apart from the delicious food mentioned above, this country has many other assets. A strong and developed social security system guarantees a high quality of life. Belgium is also easy to travel, both inside and outside its borders. Located in the heart of Europe and with Brussels only 20 kilometers away, the rest of Europe is just next door. Read more about Leuven as a hub for health, high-tech and creativity, and about Leuven as a working and living environment for internationals.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact tenuretrack@imec.be.

Testimonials

Before joining academia in the mid 80’s, I spent a couple of years at imec and it truly helped me to understand what it means to reach for the stars while at the same time having both of your feet firmly grounded in reality. While imec was an exciting place to be 30 years ago, it is even exponentially more so today.  There are not many places in the world that cover the range of manufacturing, device, circuit and system technologies that imec does today. Hence if I would be you and I would have this dream, I would not hesitate and apply for an imec ‘tenure track’ position.

 

Jan M. Rabaey, Professor EECS University of California at Berkeley, CTO CSTO imec and director of imec at Berkeley lab.

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