Silicon Photonics Designer - Integrated Photonics

  • Sector: ConSol UK Semiconductors & Embedded Systems
  • Contact: Jamie Jenkins
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  • Duration: 6 months +
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Location: Leuven
  • Salary: €50 - €65 per hour
  • Expiry Date: 16 June 2024
  • Job Ref: BBBH438787_1710769510

Silicon Photonics Designer

Initial 6 month freelance contract + extensions

Leuven, Belgium


  • Please note that working from home is not possible for this position, as the nature of the tasks involved requires being physically present in the office. We believe in fostering a vibrant and interactive work environment that promotes effective collaboration, creativity, and productivity in this challenging assignment. After a training period, home-working could be possible, but the candidate needs to be living in Belgium.

You will work in a team of photonic engineers developing photonic ICs (PICs) for a wide range of next generation applications. You will employ our client's cutting edge silicon photonics technologies to develop novel PICs and sub-systems for communication, (bio-)sensors, quantum photonics, lidar, photo-acoustics and so on.

The assignment

  • Design, model and layout photonic components and circuits
  • Setup design of experiments and analyse test data
  • Communicate your insights to internal cross-functional teams, technology developers and external partners
  • Lead R&D projects and interact with external and internal customers
  • Translate customer requirements into system concepts and PIC architectures
  • Improve existing photonic platforms and contribute to new photonic concepts for emerging applications
  • Continuously align with process, characterization, application and system experts.

Required knowledge and skills

  • A PhD in Photonics, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related field with at least 2 years of experience in silicon photonic design.
  • In-depth knowledge of integrated photonics.
  • Extensive expertise in design, optimization and layout of Si photonic components and circuits.
  • Hands-on experience with photonic modelling software (e.g. Lumerical).
  • Hands-on experience with layout tools (e.g. Luceda Ipkiss, Cadence, L-edit). Experience with Ipkiss is a plus.
  • Good programming skills. Experience with Python is a strong plus.
  • Experience with experimental setups, characterization and packaging of PICs is an advantage.
  • Experience with actives integration (lasers, photodetectors, modulators) is a plus.
  • The ability to work according to agreed customer timelines and manage time efficiently according to the project schedules.