Engineering - Leuven | More than two weeks ago
Memories are an essential building block for all electronic systems and great efforts are being made by the industry and academia to improve existing technologies and to invent new ones. Non-volatile data storage is leading the electronics industry today, accounting for over 80% of all transistors manufactured. An ever-expanding and diverse range of applications, such as mobile phones, personal computers, data centers and machine learning, drives a relentless increase in memory density. Advanced 3-dimensional NAND flash memory technologies have reached bit densities of 5 Giga bit per mm2 and continued density scaling would reach bit densities of 256 Gb/mm2 by 2028. A single memory chip of 75 mm2 would hold more than 2 Tera Byte of data and the effective bit area would be as small as 4 nm2. It is widely believed that this is the limit of conventional solid-state memories and further scaling would no longer be cost efficient.
Hence, radically new concepts of data storage and data access are needed. Prominent amongst the few available options is to store date by physicalthe electrodeposition and dissolution of metal ions in cavities and encode the data as, for example, the thickness of the deposited layer. In contrast to electrical charge, which can be transported easily through metallic wires, this concept requires the manipulation of liquids electrolites. Therefore, suitable materials and methods to manipulate them need to be developed and studied in order to identify criticalities of the proposed mass storage concept.
Imec is looking for a R&D Engineer to develop and demonstrate in lab prototypes ultra-high-density memory cell concepts based on electrodeposition and/or nanofluidics. The activity includes simulations, design and realization of a prototype memory and testing infrastructure in collaboration with our nanofabrication and modeling experts.
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 competitive salary with many fringe benefits.