/Lab process integration engineer for archival memory device

Lab process integration engineer for archival memory device

Research & development - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Engineer required to demonstrate lab DNA array structures.

Lab process integration engineer for archival memory device 

What you will do

Non-volatile data storage is leading the electronics industry today, accounting for over 80% of all transistors manufactured. While 3-dimensional NAND flash memory devices will remain mainstream for generic storage non-volatile applications (SD cards, USB drives, SSD), archival applications might benefit from disruptive device concepts. Such applications require long data storage and extremely high storage density (hence low bit cost), but data access time and endurance can be traded-off, as data are seldom read and basically never rewritten. The extreme of archival memory is the so called “cold storage” where data are indefinitely stored but virtually never read again; for this application a promising concept is to encode data into very small but stable molecules, like DNA strands or other proteins, which offer an unmatchable volumetric bit density; the challenge would then be to create devices capable of synthesizing and sequencing these molecules reliably and with very high throughput. At imec, we are currently aiming 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. 

In this context we are looking for a lab process integration engineer to work in the area of archival memory solutions, featuring ultra-high bit density and virtually infinite data retention. The scope of the position will be to identify and develop process steps and integration flows in a flexible lab environment in order to realize scaled DNA-based arrays. In this position you will focus on processes available in our lab environment, leveraging optical or e-beam lithography. You will design test vehicles and fabrication flows that allow to maximize the process control through a clear understanding of process step impacts. The position will also require a creative mindset to solve lab limitations and generate alternative solutions. In this respect you will aim to maximize design adaptability, turn-around-time, and compatibility with our 300mm integration pilot line.  

You will be part of a cross-disciplinary team, where you will work in close interaction with experts in various fields (biochemistry, fluidics, materials, lab hardware, process, electrical circuits, design, ...). In this position you will: 

  • Design test-vehicles and process flows in the lab 
  • Discuss and propose process experiments, implement them into process flows, trouble-shoot processing issues through in-line metrology data evaluation, and
  • improve the flows based on careful learning cycles. 
  • Define in-depth physical analysis steps to ensure proper characterization of materials and processes. 
  • Prepare and follow-up on project plans, and communicate the progress on a regular basis 

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 committed to being an inclusive employer and 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 market appropriate salary with many fringe benefits. 

Who you are

  • You have a PhD degree or a few years of experience in microelectronics, applied physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, material science, or a closely related discipline in academia or industry. 
  • Previous experience with semiconductor device processing is an important asset. 
  • Previous experience in electrochemistry, nanofluidics and DNA synthesis/sequencing is a plus 
  • You are hands-on, willing to actively perform yourself some of the lab fabrication steps 
  • You are a self-motivated team player with good communication skills, yet able to independently solve complex problems with limited supervision. 
  • You are eager to learn new technologies, new techniques, new skills. 
  • We appreciate your open mind and multi-disciplinary attitude. 
  • Given the international character of imec, good knowledge of (spoken and written) English is a must.
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