As a Researcher Analog IC you design innovative ASICs for next generation connected health solutions.
What you will do
As an Analog IC Researcher at imec in Eindhoven (Netherlands), you will become part of a team to develop novel integrated circuits and ICs. Your main tasks will include:
- Actively define concepts and architectures for next generation ICs for biomedical applications.
- Collaborate in an inter-disciplinary team. Understand (internal or external) customer requirements and challenges and translate that into specifications and solutions to be incorporated in the designs.
- Design high-performance analog and mixed-signal circuits for ultra-low power sensor interfaces, power management and energy harvesting
- Find solutions to problems no-one has solved yet. Design circuits that improve current state-of-the-art.
- Validate your own designs experimentally in a lab environment.
- Become an expert in this field by expanding your knowledge of the state-of-the-art by reading journals, attending conferences and submitting your research work for peer-reviewed publications.
- Constructively participate in larger design teams to ensure first-time right silicon.
- Employ industry-wide best practices in your designs to ensure quality.
- Contribute to high-quality reports and documentation.
- Support (internal or external) customers in absorbing your research work so they can implement it in their applications.
What we do for you
Imec’s ASIC design team has a strong experience and background in integrated circuits for future healthcare and life science applications. Our team specializes in IC design for wearable and implantable healthcare. Our ICs cover a broad range of sensing modalities like ECG, EEG, EMG, PPG, blood pressure, neural activity, bio-impedance etc. We cover the full receive chain including analog signal amplification, filtering, analog-to-digital conversion and digital signal processing and interfacing. Our team has a strong collaboration with other application and algorithm teams within Holst Centre & imec who build useful systems and algorithms around our ICs. As such imec has a unique position in the world able to offer leading edge IC design research with a high affinity to the applications domain. We have a strong focus on quality enabling a short road to (low-) volume production and market introduction.
Who you are
- PhD on analog circuit design with silicon-proven designs (or equivalent through relevant experience).
- At least 2 years industrial experience (after PhD or 6 years without PhD) in ASIC design (working on complex ASICs/SoCs).
- Experience in biomedical applications such as: bio-sensing or electro-chemical sensing or power management and energy harvesting is an asset.
- Strong knowledge of general analog design concepts (opamps, filters, ADCs, switched-cap circuits..) and, more specifically, of ultra-low-power and ultra-low-noise analog circuit design and power management
- Excellent working knowledge of Analog and/or Mixed Signal IC design and verification flows and tools: Cadence Virtuoso including ADE (G)XL, layout and design verification (DRC, LVS, ERC) and best practices to ensure high-quality designs.
- Good understanding of top-level design/architecture including specification requirements writing, verification planning, top-level simulation.
- Good knowledge of measurement and validation of high-performance, low-noise and low-power analog ICs, and basic knowledge of computational software such as Matlab and Labview to support the design and/or measurements.
- 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.
- Team player and self-motivated.
- Be able to work independently and eager to take initiative and responsibility.
- Be able to communicate openly and constructively, and to present your own work clearly and concisely.
- Very fluent in English (oral and written).
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