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Temporary researcher CBRAM Material Development

Publication date : 31/01/2017


Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. All of these particular traits make imec to be a top-class employer. To strengthen this position as a leading player in our field, we are looking for those passionate talents that make the difference! Currently we are looking for a motivated temporary Researcher CBRAM Material Development.

The job

For future semiconductor memory technology nodes, different concepts are being explored for storage class memory. One potential option is CBRAM (Conductive Bridging RAM), where the resistance of a memory element is changed by dissolving ions into an insulating switching layer forming a conductive bridge. The combination of such a CBRAM memory element and a diode-type selector leads to a highly scalable memory device. The performance of these materials in respect of for example switching voltage, Ion/Ioff ratio and thermal stability is highly dependent on the composition of the layers. As materials of interest typically consist of 3 to 5 different elements, it makes Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) in a co-sputtering mode highly attractive for material screening purposes.
You will work out a material strategy in order to reach the targeted device specifications, in close collaboration with the integration engineers in imec’s Emerging Memory program. You will be responsible for the material development for the CBRAM and selector element, including the deposition using state of the art 300mm PVD infrastructure, as well as the physical and basic electrical characterization of the deposited layers.


  • You have a PhD degree in Physics, Materials Science or Engineering.
  • You have a proven, strong materials background related to RRAM, CBRAM, ...
  • You have an up to date knowledge of the literature on this topic.
  • You have experience with physical and electrical characterization of such materials.
  • You have hands-on experience with Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), large wafer size (8+ in.) is a plus.
  • You have an analytical mind, use a logical and well-structured approach, but can also think outside the box.
  • You have excellent planning skills.
  • You are used to work with deadlines and can handle stress.
  • You have excellent reporting skills and are able to present results in a clear and concise way.
  • You can easily integrate in an international team of professionals.
  • Good English communication skills are required.


In exchange for your talent, passion and expertise, you will join a multicultural and high-tech company, with challenges there for the taking. Our flexible, progressive and informal working environment offers you a range of possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. This is your opportunity to contribute to the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. imec supports and guides you in this process; not only with words but with concrete actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we are actively investing in the further development of all our employees to assure their technical and personal growth. Your valuable contribution and that of your colleagues make imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of an attractive and competitive salary with many fringe benefits.

Apply online at www.imec.be/jobs or via this link.

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