Process Step Engineer CMP (Shifts)

Leuven - Engineers
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Chemistry or Material Science professional to participate in a range of Chemical Mechanical Polishing development projects in our lab and clean room.

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Process Step Engineer CMP (Shifts)


​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! Currently we are looking for a motivated Process Step Engineer CMP.​

The job

Chemical Mechanical Polishing (CMP) is an enabling technology for the microelectronics industry. CMP uses a chemical formulation that contains abrasive nanoparticles to mechanically polish the wafer to remove unwanted material and planarize its surface. You are member of the Electroplating, CMP, Assembly & Thinning group (ECAT) at imec, that is responsible for developing processes for integration in imec’s CORE and CMORE programs. The aim of your job is to strengthen the R&D activities on CMP in advanced Logic, advanced Memory and advanced 3D-stacked IC technologies. You work in a team of about 30 people (four of them working on CMP) with whom you interact on a daily basis.

As a Process Step Engineer CMP, you will contribute to the R&D activities on the CMP of metals and dielectrics, post-CMP characterization, and validation of the obtained results with state-of-the-art equipment.

More specifically, your tasks include:

  • Planning, organizing, performing and reporting on CMP experiments in imec’ s clean rooms and labs;
  • Planning, organizing, performing and reporting on post-CMP characterization;
  • Interfacing with CMP engineers, fab process support and the pilot line;
  • Interfacing with assignees of imec partner companies to carry out experiments in joint development projects

You will be coached on-the-job by CMP R&D engineers, the CMP technical team leader and your group leader.
You will work in a shift regime including an alternating early, late, weekend and night shift.


We are looking for your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Chemistry, Materials Science or Engineering, or your experience in this field.
Your knowledge of CMP would be a great plus, but is not really needed. Your ability to work independently with a focus on quality will be highly appreciated. Your reputation as communication champion and team player is a great added value since you will work in a multicultural team of imec researchers, support engineers, operators and industrial researchers. Your accuracy and reporting skills are needed to keep track of the experimental work you have done.  Since you will work in shifts and since your job consists of a variety of activities, depending on the needs of the imec research programs, a flexible attitude is key. Given the international character of imec, your good knowledge of (spoken and written) English is essential.


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. Interested in more details? Explore our website ( and be convinced!

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