Vacancy: Integrated Circuit Layout Design Engineer

(16-07-2021) The Design group of IDLab, Ghent University and imec is seeking a Layout Design Engineer, who will support the group’s IC design teams through mask layout in advanced semiconductor processes such as CMOS and SiGe BiCMOS.


The Design group of IDLab conducts significant research in the area of high-speed integrated circuit design, and yearly develops a significant amount of integrated circuits, from design until mask layout. Mask layout is an intensive and highly skilled task, for which the group now wishes to attract and train additional team members.

The Design group therefore seeks a Layout Design Engineer with the specific responsibility of executing analog, RF and/or mixed-signal mask layout tasks, in close collaboration with the IC design team, which consists of a mix of senior researchers and PhD students.

Required skills

  • An MSc degree or equivalent in the domain of electrical engineering
  • Knowledge of IC design tools such as Cadence and mask layout is a must
  • Knowledge of PCB design tools will be considered a plus
  • Knowledge of English
  • The nature of this position comes with a significant amount of responsibility, as the performance of high-speed, mixed-signal integrated circuits depends a lot on the quality of the chip layout and the collaboration between design and layout engineers. You are therefore by nature a meticulous person with a strong eye to detail and a real team player.
  • You feel comfortable handling multiple on-going tasks in parallel, if necessary against strict timelines.
  • You integrate well into a multi-cultured and diverse team, and you feel comfortable in the role of being a central part of the team, which will rely on you for critical layout work.

Our offer

The successful candidate will become an employee of imec ( and will join an internationally renowned team of high-speed electronic integrated circuit designers. Training for completing mask layout tasks in some of the world’s most advanced semiconductor processes will be provided. He or she will also get the opportunity to learn other skills e.g. related to the existing ECAD environment, integrated circuit design, printed circuit board layout, soft skills etc.


Contact person: Prof. Johan Bauwelinck,