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PostDoc Miniaturized hermetic and flexible packaging for future electronic implants

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Develop the next generation of electronic implant technology

PostDoc Miniaturized hermetic and flexible packaging for future electronic implants

What you will do

The use of small electronic devices for applications in the domain of medical implants is getting an increasing attention. Devices for neuromodulation for example, form a fast-growing market due to strong needs in pain modulation, or to support patients with Parkinson disease, stroke, or other aging-related disorders. Today's commercial technologies do not offer the resolution needed to finetune stimulation of neuronal circuits, nor scaled packaging techniques that enable very tiny sensoric implants, and thus therapy success rates are very variable. The existing device packaging techniques are often resulting in a rather bulky and rigid implant which is very intrusive in the human body. Miniaturization of electronic implants is very important: it allows for implantations in small or sensitive areas of the body without being very invasive. As such, miniaturized electronic implants enable better therapeutic treatments, as well as very novel therapies helping patients with currently untreatable disorders.  Imec is addressing this need for tiny electronic implants through the development of a novel biocompatible packaging technology within its so called FITEP platform (FITEP: Flexible Implantable Thin Electronic Packaging). Furthermore, with respect to neuromodulation, imec is developing chips that allow interfacing with the nervous system with high resolution. Imec is performing also research on other small sensoric devices which need a miniaturized biocompatible packaging. 
In this postdoc project, the candidate will evaluate packaging and electrode options for scalable manufacturing of implants. The candidate will screen imec’s novel packaging technologies, characterize hermetic sealing concepts, and explore novel electrode materials for the use in imec's neurotechnology projects. Next to performing various measurements on existing test structures, the candidate will be required to fabricate novel structures, hence microfabrication of devices in the clean room will be an important part of the work. Most of the work will be done within the CMST team of imec (CMST: Centre of Microsystems Technology, an imec-associated lab in Ghent), where the FITEP platform is under development. Some part of the characterization will be done at imec’s head quarters in Leuven, in the frame of the existing collaboration of CMST with the Lifescience department of imec.

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at CMST, an imec-associated lab in Ghent, 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 committed to being an inclusive employer and 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 imec.academy, '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 scholarship with many fringe benefits. 

Who you are

  • You have a PhD degree in material engineering, micro- or nanotechnology or similar
  • Experience with microfabrication is an important advantage
  • Experience with implants/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 for 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 UGent. 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).