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Postdoctoral Researcher on CMOS Microwave Wideband Transceiver for Sensing Applications


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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 Postdoctoral Researcher on CMOS microwave wideband transceiver for sensing applications.

Wideband microwave transceivers are widely used in various sensing applications, e.g. vital sign detection, cancer detection or imaging. The microwave transceiver that can operate over a very wide frequency range is one of the most critical parts of such systems. In addition, standard CMOS technologies are used to reduce the cost of manufacturing and system integration. However, the lossy substrate in CMOS process makes the wideband design even more challenging. In this project, a CMOS microwave transceiver covering a frequency range of approximately 5-40GHz will be developed. This wideband microwave transceiver will also be tested in the real applications.

Your main tasks will be to:

  • Architect and implement microwave (5-40GHz) wideband transceiver SoCs for sensing applications including innovative methods and circuits.
  • Design state-of-the-art innovative circuits as part of a microwave wideband wireless system.
  • Together with the team, create new ideas and/or new technical methods based on your solid technical experience.


You have a PhD degree in Electronics Engineering. You have 3-5 years of experience in microwave/mm-wave (>10GHz) IC design. You have worked before in multi-disciplinary design teams. You have a solid understanding of transistors, circuits, transceiver architectures. You have hands-on experience in microwave/mm-wave PCB design, circuit and system evaluation. You bring an excellent knowledge of transceiver architectures and state-of-the-art in microwave/mm-wave wideband systems. You have elevant experience with TSMC 28nm standard CMOS, Cadence IC6, EM simulation tool, e.g., EMX, ADS, HFSS. You have good communication, presentation and writing skills in English.

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 considered).


We offer you a challenging position in an advanced high-tech environment, in an international team. This is your opportunity to contribute to technologies that will have an impact on tomorrow’s society. We offer you an attractive salary added with competitive extra-legal benefits such as an interesting life insurance, hospitalization insurance and long-term disability insurance. Imec takes on the full cost of these insurances.

Furthermore, imec offers various training possibilities and services, such as a company restaurant, ironing service, the possibility of day care nearby, and holiday daycare.

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