Postdoctoral Researcher on Holographic Optics for AR and MR

What you will do

Imecs goal is to acquire understanding of vision systems based on AM(O)LED displays and optimize holographic optical elements that combine with imecs present and future AMOLED displays (on glass, flex or Si). We perceive an increasing interest for augmented reality (AR) and mixed-reality (MR) applications. We already have a program on AMOLED displays and with Barco, we work on AM-LED displays, However, we need a better understanding of the optical part of vision systems to move up in the value chain. For micro-lens optics, we collaborate with the VUB (University of Brussels). Holographic optics have more potential than classical refractive optics, because it is planar and processing can be done by more conventional technologies (e.g. surface gratings). Also, holographic lens array can selectively collimate specific light sources while remaining transparent for other light. We have at present insufficient knowledge on holographic optics at imec to address and optimize display vision system. That is why we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher holographic optics for AR and MR

The subject of your postdoctoral position is to study the different holographic optical systems for AR and MR applications. AR / MR systems need to project images with high light intensity into the human retina, while remaining transparent to the eye for real-world scenes. You will model and compare multiple architectural options for optical systems with a focus on designs optimized to image (O)LED arrays. Here you include the specific emission characteristics of these sources. The systems can include various optical elements such as waveguide structures and collimating and projecting structures. Fabrication of the optical elements, e.g. using imprint or lithographic technologies will be outsourced. Your responsibility is the build-up of the optical setups needed for characterization after fabrication, as well as for these measurements. Finally, you will demonstrate a holographic vision system for smart glasses. You do this by combining the optimized optical system with dedicated (O)LED arrays.

What we do for you

In exchange for your talent, passion and expertise, you will join a multicultural and high-tech company, with challenges there for the taking. 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 are actively investing in the further development of all our employees to assure their technical and personal growth. 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 with many fringe benefits.

Who you are

  • You have a PhD degree in physics, optics or nanotechnology. You combine this with your natural creativity and motivation.
  • You understand optical simulations, holography, waveguiding and/or micro-lenses.
  • You have practical experience in the building of experimental optical characterization setups.
  • You communicate fluently 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).

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