Postdoctoral Researcher on Design and Implementation of Phoxonic Micro/Nanosystems

September 15 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

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!

The job

This postdoctoral position addresses the use of novel concepts and trends, i.e., convergence of PhoNonics (micro-sound) and integrated PhoTonics (nano-optics) in the so-called PhoXonics domain in the frame of telecom, imaging and life science. Acoustics (phononics) and optics (photonics) are driven and ruled by surprisingly comparable phenomena. Acoustic black holes, for example are currently the best test beds for physical black holes study in advanced research institutes. Among the key differences between photonics and phononics, we can note the close to 5 orders of magnitude frequency difference typically required to realize the same wavelength in acoustic domain compared to the optics domain. This allows to use phonon-engineering at "low frequency" to have strong coupling to photons at optical frequencies. In that perspective, phonon-photon coupling in our photonics platforms, implementing novel materials like graphene, is a promising and exciting perspective, for example to develop on-chip optical combs, key elements in emerging spectroscopic techniques and THz imaging systems.

As a designer of novel multi-physics devices and systems, you will collaborate closely with the biomedical, process technology, and characterization teams in your neighborhood. This interaction will enable the natural, but challenging, evolution of the currently developed photonic and phononic technologies and devices towards their application in biomedical. Materials selection, technology parameter definition, modeling of novel physical phenomena as well as technological variability will be key for this successful transition.

Your primary tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Create and implement novel devices for acoustic-optical coupling (acoustically-enhanced light coupling in graphene waveguides, electro-acoustic photonic comb generation, ...) in existing technologies and technologies under development;

  • Contribute to the process development and perform the characterization of the designed devices;

  • Propose and demonstrate systems using the novel devices;

  • Maintain a high standard of literature knowledge to support the design activities;

  • Work closely with an interdisciplinary team of engineers and biologists.

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).

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess