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Digital IC Designer & Researcher - SoC for Neurotech

Research & development - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Investigate, innovate and contribute to next-generation neural interfaces and biomedical devices

Digital IC Designer & Researcher – SoC for Neurotech

What you will do

At imec, we craft state-of-the-art neurotechnology products that aim to advance neuroscience research. Our systems-on-a-chip require advanced mixed-signal circuits for ultra-low-power signal processing and compression, high-speed interconnection, data transfer and chip programming. Do you enjoy working on challenges that no one has solved yet?  We have an opportunity for a passionate, forward-thinking and experienced Digital IC Designer. As a member of our neurotech team, you will have the great opportunity to investigate, innovate and contribute to next-generation neural interfaces and biomedical devices.
As a digital design engineer researcher, your key responsibilities will be:
  • Take the technical lead in the definition and implementation of digital hardware in state-of-the-art SoCs and mixed-signal ICs.
  • Take responsibility for the design of high-performance, ultra-low-power digital modules. This includes:
    • Coming up with digital architectures and implementation for I/Os, controllers and signal processing algorithms.
    • Design and implement low-power HW modules (RTL).
    • Collaborate with digital back-end team for synthesis and PNR.
    • Fully verify the implemented modules (including mixed-signal simulations and development of analog behavioral models).
  • Develop innovative accelerators for biomedical signal processing applications, including explorative fields such as machine-learning, neuromorphic computing, etc. Investigate possible synergies with our typical applications.
  • Collaborate in an inter-disciplinary team. Understand (internal or external) customer requirements and challenges and translate them into specifications and solutions to be incorporated in the designs.
  • Validate your own designs experimentally in a lab environment.
  • Employ industry-wide best practices in your designs to ensure quality.
  • Contribute to high-quality reports and documentation.

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 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 salary with many fringe benefits.

Who you are

You are an experienced digital design engineer and researcher with a strong background and affinity in signal integrity and low-power digital signal processing. You have a:
  • PhD (or equivalent through relevant experience) on digital signal processing with ASIC design experience.
  • Proven track record in optimizing SoC architectures and sub-systems that are operating near the limitations of technology, preferably in the field of ultra-low power.
  • Solid background of VLSI design, hands-on experience with digital design flow, from RTL to GDS2: RTL simulation, logic synthesis, timing constraints, timing closure, STA, back annotation of parasitics, gate level simulation and logic equivalence checking.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals in digital communications, signal processing, and processor architectures.
  • Experience with System-Level Modeling (e.g., Verilog / System-Verilog, Matlab, Phyton).
  • Hands-on experience on Design Verification and regression testing.
  • Familiarity with development of digital signal processing algorithms.
  • Research mindset and problem-solving attitude, with a strong desire to stay up to date with recent advancements in the state-of-the-art and a broad interest across disciplines.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills combined with the ability to collaborate.