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High Speed Analog/RF IC Design Engineer for Silicon Photonic Interconnects

Research & development - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Help us create the next generation of multi-Tbps CMOS silicon photonic interconnects

High Speed Analog/RF IC Design Engineer 
for Silicon Photonic Interconnects

What you will do

Future high-performance computing and information systems implemented in advanced CMOS nodes are expected to require chip-level I/O bandwidths beyond 100Tbps. The available power budget will be less than 1pJ per communicated bit. Such aggressive I/O requirements in terms of bandwidth density and power efficiency will drive the adoption of optical interconnects integrated at the package and chip level. A key challenge in achieving these requirements remains the scaling of the optical “ports” or electro-optic transceivers. These ports form the interface between the electronic IC and the optical links. Scaling the bandwidth density and power consumption of these transceivers requires aggressive optimization and co-design efforts. The best-in-class optical devices (laser, modulators, photodetectors, waveguides, filters, ...) need to be combined with advanced modulator/laser drivers, receive amplifiers and control logic in advanced FINFET CMOS technology (10nm and below). The entire opto-electronic system should be capable of running at single-lane data rates of 50Gb/s and higher.

In this challenging job you will focus on:

  • Design and layout of Analog/RF ICs to drive imec’s cutting-edge high-speed silicon photonics devices. This also includes circuit simulation/design/test.
  • Analyzing the system specifications and technical requirements. You collaborate with optical device experts and assembly engineers to align design requirements with technology capabilities.
  • Supervising and supporting the layout activity for the physical design of individual building blocks, as part of hybrid transceiver prototypes.
  • Functional characterizing the designed circuits and hybrid transceiver assemblies. Also, you evaluate the system level performance of integrated prototype vehicles.
  • Analyzing test results and communicate your insights to internal technology developers and imec’s industrial and academic partners.
  • Delivering models for designing high-speed and low power silicon photonics systems.

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

  • We value your PhD. in the area of Analog/RF IC design. Experience in RF circuit test and characterization is required.
  • Additional experience in the design of silicon photonics interconnects is a plus. 
  • You are a communicative team player, also able to work independently.
  • You are pro-active, persuasive and assertive. You always keep a constructive attitude.
  • You can flexibly change between different projects according to changing priorities.
  • You have an excellent knowledge of English.


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