Analog RF IC Designer

At imec (Job)

Imec Netherlands has established a world-leading track record in the design of novel sensors for ultra-low-power IoT devices. For instance, our teams continue to develop innovations in environmental monitoring, accurate localization, implantable therapeutics, medical/wearable devices, and many other fields. At our HQ in Leuven, Belgium we are world-renowned for pioneering new process technologies in collaboration with industrial foundries and with the broader semiconductor ecosystem. Imec’s research tracks enable unique opportunities for end-to-end innovations.  

The IC-design team in imec Netherlands develops innovative solutions for massive and heterogeneous sensor networks to connect billions of devices within the internet of things (IoT). We have built various ultra-low-power (ULP) radio ICs like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth-LE, and a UWB 6-10 GHz radio tuned towards precise ranging and localization (~6 cm). Besides, we deliver our designs to customers, patent different inventions, and publish our results in renowned conferences and papers (ISSCC, RFIC, DATE, JSSC, etc.). In this position, you will participate in a multi-disciplinary team to make our solutions smarter by adding innovative analog circuits, using RF circuits for sensing solutions, and developing miniature transceivers for IoT and medical/ implantable applications. 

What you will do

We need you as an RF Analog IC Designer to be part of our multidisciplinary team to: 

  • Design and implement ultra-low-power (blocks for) transceiver SoCs including innovative methods and circuits in collaboration with other members of the analog and digital IC design team. 

  • Understand and support (internal or external) customer needs, challenges, and requirements and translate those into solutions to be incorporated into your designs. 

  • Design state-of-the-art innovative circuits as part of an ultra-low-power wireless system. 

  • Script and automate design flows. 

  • Publish and participate in high-quality reports and contribute to patent applications. 

  • Collaborate with other disciplines such as Health Research, Photonics, and AI. 

What we do for you

By joining imec in Eindhoven, you will be part of a team of disruptive innovators and thinkers. Together, with our Researchers and Engineers, you will work on systems that combine local data with info from the cloud and other sensor networks to create a holistic picture of the world and enable an Intuitive IoT. We drive the Internet of Things by developing innovative solutions for massive, heterogeneous sensor networks to connect billions of devices. Imec is a reference in the design of ultra-low-power electronics, low-power algorithms to increase intelligence and data security, and in all aspects of data science.  

Imec The Netherlands, as an employer of choice, offers you an attractive compensation and benefits package including a 100% employer-paid pension plan and flexible working hours. Furthermore, imec-NL offers a wide range of training possibilities. For international candidates, we provide support in the relocation process. 


Who you are

  • MSc with preferably 2+ years experience or Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering. 

  • Strong knowledge or experience in RF and Analog IC Design. 

  • Solid understanding of transistors, circuits, transceivers, architectures, control loops, and signal integrity is a must.  

  • Experience with Cadence IC6 and signoff tools (like Calibre) is a must. 

  • Experience with ultra-low-power (ULP) designs is a big plus. 

  • Knowledge of CMOS, FDSOI and EM simulation is a big plus.  

  • Experience with designing ≤ 40nm is a plus.  

  • Experience with scripting (phyton, shell scripts) and automation of design flows is a plus. 

  • Experience with tape-outs at foundries is a plus.  

  • Able to take initiative and responsibility for the team’s success, which means thinking proactively, working independently, and having a creative and solving problem attitude are attributes that define yourself. 

  • You are someone who has a broad interest across disciplines and who likes to embrace new challenges. 

  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and spoken). 


Are you interested in this position and do you want to learn more about it, then you can connect to Perine Doreleijers Talent Acquisition Specialist. You can reach Perine at +31(0)648861256. If you wish to apply then please submit your full resume and include a motivational letter.