Digital Physical Implementation Engineer

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 Digital Physical Implementation Engineer.

The job

For more than 25 years, imecs IC-link unit has been offering a prototype and production service to worldwide companies. Imec IC-link helps its customers to design their integrated circuits (chips) and bring them from the prototype to the production stage. Imec provides specialized technical advice and services on design, assembly and test. For the further extension of these imec services, we are looking for a highly motivated engineer. Imec IC-link has an extensive industrial experience, contacts with leading industrial foundries, and long-standing relationships with all the main EDA tool vendors and IP providers. This unit supports worldwide customers in the layout, prototype, fabrication and test of advanced electronic products. You will become a member of the Design Services group in imec IC-link. You will work in a team of other back-end design engineers and will have a full understanding of the complete Cadence Innovus Place&Route flow.

Your main tasks will be:

  • Set up low power design (CPF) and floor planning & power grid design
  • Detailed Timing Driven Placement, STA & possible design optimization for setup
  • Clock Tree Synthesis and scan chain re-stitching
  • Detailed Timing Driven Route (incl. SI)
  • IPOs (in-place optimization) to get the timing in all corners correct
  • Solve setup & hold violations
  • Sign-off extraction (SPEF), timing (TEMPUS) and Power analysis (VOLTUS)
  • Physical verification (DRC, ERC,LVS,ANT) and logic equivalent check
  • Gives courses at imec about Physical Digital implementation Flow


You have a Master Degree in Electronics and at least 5 years of relevant experience. You have experience with CPF (low power design) and with the full Cadence Innovus Place&Route flow. You have excellent communication skills (English is a must) and can work within an international team. You like to interact with customers. Experience in Front-End is a plus.


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.

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