Neuromorphic Researcher

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What if we could design chips that behave like brains? As a Machine Learning Researcher at imec the Netherlands, you will build the neural network applications targeted for Health and IOT and help to transfer them to neuromorphic IC’s and architectures.


Imec Netherlands has established a world-leading track record on the design of novel sensors for human health applications and ultra-low-power IoT devices in general. For instance, our teams continue to develop innovations in implantable therapeutics, medical/wearable devices, environmental monitoring, accurate localization, 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 the Life Science and Medical Device domain and on the other hand 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 the different inventions, and publish our results in renowned conferences and papers (ISSCC, RFIC, DATE, JSSC, etc.). In this position, you will take the lead in a multi-disciplinary team to make our solutions smarter by adding complex digital control and neuromorphic circuits, use RF circuits for sensing solutions, and Neuromorphic systems for IoT and medical/ implantable applications.


What you will do

You take part in the development of the next generation solutions focusing on developing innovative prototypes for Health, Edge and IoT applications, using complex digital / neural network algorithms and combining the achievements from imec technology research (IC’s and sensors) with state-of-art components. Apart from designing embedded prototypes, you conduct research and development in new (neural network) architectures in close collaboration with the IC design team. You will demonstrate these new designs and concepts in compelling demonstrators. Your responsibilities include:

  • Feed the IC designs with innovative implementations and new algorithms based on real applications.

  • Make system trade-offs for minimal power consumption at best performance and low cost, while keeping an eye on maintainability and re-usability.

  • Test, characterize and evaluate (parts of) the prototypes.

  • Demonstrate the prototypes and solutions to our partners and prospects.

  • Publish your results in high level journals and conferences.

  • Deliver results on time in line with the roadmap.

  • Actively contribute to the evolution of our neuromorphic roadmap.

What we do for you

As a Neuromorphic Researcher at imec the Netherlands you get the chance to scale future computing beyond what is possible with silicon CMOS. In collaboration with your colleagues, you will work on a number of challenges to the design of efficient brain-like chips: scalable, energy-efficient, highly flexible network architectures that can learn with incredible efficiency.


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 or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Neuroscience or equivalent.

  • 3+ years of industry or academic experience in digital neuromorphic designs with a strong focus on hardware.

  • Proven experience in actively building demonstrators/prototypes and adapting (neural) algorithms to improve performance.

  • Hands on experience with neural networks and various simulators is preferred.

  • Experience in simulating and comparing different real time neural network architectures or digital processor designs.

  • Experience with (system-) verilog and/or VHDL HDL.

  • Experience with Cadence design and simulation tools is preferred.

  • Experience in sensor fusion applications or real time feedback loops is preferred.

  • Affinity with Photonics and/or CMOS design is a plus.

  • Proven can-do attitude, coming up with practical working solutions is a must.

  • Able to translate new insights into patent applications and publications at peer-reviewed conferences and journals

  • Good communication skills in English.


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