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System-on-Chip (SoC) Design Researcher

Research & development - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

As a SoC design researcher, you will evaluate the impact of device, backend and patterning choices on SoC design, in order to guide future technology development.

SoC Design Researcher

What you will do

As we scale towards advanced logic nodes, device scaling become more and more challenging. The benefits and challenges of the different device, backend and patterning options for future technology generations have to be evaluated not only on circuit level, but also from the SoC design side.  Especially with the complexity of new patterning options, circuit level assessment is not sufficient to qualify the performance, power, area required and there is also a need to perform a full SoC loop with place and route.

As a SoC design researcher, you will evaluate the impact of device, backend and patterning choices on SoC design, in order to guide future technology development. The main objective of this position is to set targets for different parts of the SoC for various application domains. You will interact closely with circuit designers, device experts and process integration engineers. Your work will involve power performance and area evaluation of various technology options at SoC level and finding the right solutions satisfying the requirements at advanced nodes. It also involves evaluating at circuit level various SoC subcircuits like critical paths, clk trees etc. at the outset of different device and back end options. As the focus is on new technology nodes, generating relevant parts of a digital PDK is part of the job.

The ideal candidate will have good knowledge of synthesis and place and route tools to allow the evaluation of PPAC post synthesis and post place and route. Knowledge of tools like Synopsys DC compiler, IC Compiler, Cadence RC compiler and SoC Encounter are required, as well as basic understanding of circuit design.

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, 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 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, '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 salary with many fringe benefits.

Who you are

  • You have obtained a Master degree in Electronics Engineering, Relevant industrial experience or PhD in digital circuit design is a plus
  • You have a background of digital implementation and SoC architecture for one or more application domains (Mobile, Server, …) and can make specification for different parts of SoC in different market spaces.
  • You worked with spice tools and are knowledgeable in synthesis and place and route tools.
  • Custom design background in Virtouso is a plus.
  • You are a communicative team player, but still you are able to work independently.
  • You like taking initiative; you are persuasive and assertive, while keeping a constructive attitude.
  • You show the flexibility to change between different projects according to changing priorities.
  • Given the international character of imec, a fluent knowledge of English is necessary.


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