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/Job opportunities/Programmable high-precision multi-channel current source for photonic integrated circuits

Programmable high-precision multi-channel current source for photonic integrated circuits

Master projects/internships - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Programmable high-precision multi-channel current source for photonic integrated circuits

What you will do

Photonics integrated circuits (PIC) are being widely deployed into the latest technological developments. So also in the life sciences. Using imec’s visible light PIC platform, a completely new way of doing bio-medical optical microscopy is being developed within the framework of a European ERC project (IROCSIM). You will build a scalable electronics solution that powers and controls the electro-optical modulators that are the beating heart of our state-of-the-art photonics chips. 

 The main tasks will be

  1. Review the datasheets of the available current source chips pre-selected by the team 
  2. Python programming to control the current source chips using the available evaluation board 
  3. Test the current source functionality on our state-of-the-art PIC chips 
  4. Design a PCB to scale up to a >hundred channel current source. 

What we do for you

You will have the opportunity to experience the way of working at imec and to interact with experienced and internationally recognized researchers. You can develop your communication skills with different disciplines (our department includes a variety of expertise, including system design, algorithm development, bio-medical tests, and so on). 

Who are you

  • You are available for a period of 2~3 months. 
  • You have experience in electronic circuit design, simulation and layout. 
  • You have experience in Python programming. 
  • You have an analytical mindset for understanding pros and cons of different architectures. 
  • Knowledge of Raspberry Pi is a plus. 
  • You can communicate fluently in English 
  • You are motivated and eager to work independently and expand your knowledge  

Type of project: Internship

Duration: 2-3 months

Master's degree: Master of Engineering Technology; Master of Engineering Science 

Master program: Electrotechnics/Electrical Engineering 

Supervising scientists: For further information or for application, please contact Niels Verellen ( and Qingzhong Deng (

Imec allowance will be provided