Postdoctoral Researcher Optical Material for visible light photonics modulators

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 Postdoc Optical Material for visible light photonics modulators.

The job

As part of its CMORE technology development, imec is currently looking into novel technologies in the field of tunable photonics on chip, with the aim to develop novel type of device such as ranging sensors and displays by integrating a variety of novel materials with variable refractive index on chip.
As a post-doctoral researcher, you will contribute to the development of such devices.
Your responsibilities will include:

  • Optical Material identification & sourcing (in house and externally) (50%)
  • Material & device characterization (40%)
  • Reporting to internal and external stakeholders including imec partners and customers (5%)
  • Reporting to the scientific community at conferences or in scientific journals (5%)

This postdoctoral position is funded by imec through KU Leuven. Because of the specific financing statute which targets international mobility for postdocs, only candidates who did not stay or work/study in Belgium for more than 24 months in the past 3 years can be considered for the position (short stays such as holiday, participation in conferences, etc. are not taken into account).


You obtained a Ph.D. of Science in Engineering Physics, with a focus on photonics. You have 3+ years experience in optical materials, 2+ years hands-on experience in fabrication of photonic devices and 2+ years experience in characterization of electro-optic devices. Experience with tunable optical material is an asset. You are an enthusiastic team player, yet able to independently solve complex problems with limited supervision. You have excellent English communication skills and are willing to work in a multicultural environment.


We offer a challenging position for two years in an advanced high-tech environment and in an international, interdisciplinary team. 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, our corporate university, we offer various training possibilities. 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.

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