Experimental engineer for nanopore devices

Full Time
Leuven, Belgium
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What you will do

Within imec’s Life Science Technologies department, our group’s research activities focus on the development of novel tools for health care applications. Current projects vary from lab-on-a-chip systems to photonic sensing and imaging devices and molecular analysis tools based on solid state nanopores. Such technologies require a multidisciplinary approach within a team that has expertise in engineering, molecular biology, cell biology and surface chemistry.
For our work in new devices based on solid state nanopores, we are looking for an enthusiastic employee eager to shape tomorrow’s health care technologies. We aim at research and development at the highest international level and with relevance for the biomedical and pharmaceutical industry.
One of the emerging platforms is based on a combination of solid state nanopores with state-of-the-art field-effect-transistors, enabling massively parallelized readout of nanopore devices, which are designed for single molecular sensing. We expect this technology will have a direct impact on point of care biomedical research, diagnostics, and precision medicine.  

As the successful candidate:

  • You will provide experimental support to enable maturing the nanopore technology development within an internal imec project. Focus of activities would be on building experimental setups, developing measurement and analysis protocols, characterisation and support in the design of novel imec fabricated devices. The wafer-level fabrication and basic device characterization will be carried out in imec’s semiconductor pilot line and established device testing labs.
  • You will closely interact with both device physicists and designers and process integration engineers for device development, as well as biophysics and biochemistry researchers for molecular assay development.
  • You will carry out your work in imec’s life lab, where you will work together with an international, multidisciplinary team.
  • You will need to participate in regular project and team meetings.

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

  • A PhD in the field of Microelectronic Engineering, Biophysics, Physics or Biochemistry, or a M.Sc with extensive (5+ years) research experiences in a similar field.  
    Research track in the nanopore or nanofluidic research field.  
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with microfluidics devices, nanoscale characterization, and surface chemistry, and basic knowledge of single-molecule technology.
  • Hands-on experience with advanced lab facilities (e.g. current amplifiers, oscilloscopes, probe stations, SEM, TEM, fluorescence microscope, surface functionalization, etc.).
  • Hands-on experience with data analysis and algorithm development.  
  • In-depth understanding of the innovation process is an asset.  
  • Self-motivated, independent, innovative, results driven but rigorous, and team-player. Clear focus on execution of deliverables.  
  • Good communication, interpersonal and organization skills to link research groups and project partners.
  • English language skills to work in imec’s international working environment.

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