Memory device researcher with materials and chemistry background
Humanity will generate in 2020 more than 50 zettabytes of data, or 50 billions of terabytes. None of existing technology roadmaps will enable the storage of such an amount of data. A solution to this challenge may be found not in magnetic or optical but the molecular field. DNA could store the entire data of humanity in the trunk of your car.
Multiple universities and companies are looking into this amazing potential and try to tackle the main challenge to use DNA as storage medium: the prohibitive cost of read (sequencing) and write (synthesis).
At imec, we are developing a program to demonstrate high-speed and high-parallel read and write of DNA-inspired memory. We believe the solution will come through the combination of innovations in multiple domains: biochemistry and microfluidics to accelerate reaction kinetics, nano-scale fabrication, electrochemistry and electrical engineering to increase density. The unique imec ecosystem, mixing 300mm state-of-the-art semiconductor fab, life-science lab, breakthrough IP and connections to all major players throughout the world, make it the best place to demonstrate feasibility. We want to take advantage of both CMOS scaling and the recent boost in next-generation sequencing technologies to enable truly innovative, high-end biological applications.
We are completing a cross-disciplinary team to deliver these breakthroughs, and if you are motivated, hands-on, with good communication and team-player skills, you should definitely apply. Given the international character of imec, excellent knowledge of English is a must.
In this position, you will:
- Drive the device spec improvements, and to this aim conceive test structures allowing to translate material properties into memory device parameters,
- Optimize design of experiments, independently performs tests in the lab, interpret results, and define follow-up actions together with the project team
- Possibly supervise student works, in alignment with project goals,
- Analyze and synthesize scientific results in reports and communicate them to internal/external customers
We are looking for a memory device researcher with materials and chemistry background, having an experimental approach. You have obtained a PhD degree in chemistry, material science or electrical engineering. You have some substantial experience in electrical testing of semiconductor devices and electrochemistry techniques. Knowledge in biochemistry is a strong plus. Both hands-on experience in electrical characterization and higher-level device design skills will be required. Modeling competences are a plus. You are team-oriented and committed to achieve industry-relevant results fast but in a reliable way. You have strong organizational and drive skills.