Our client, is a leading centre of excellence for silicon photonics design and processing. The company is the global No.2 telecom solution provider and uses approximately one sixth of all photonics components produced in the world.

They aim to significantly reduce the cost of these components by investing aggressively in silicon photonics research and development and implementing solutions based on this technology.

The position

The Technologies R&D Belgium of our client is now looking for a Director of R&D, Silicon Photonics Group with a strong expertise in both Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) design using silicon, silica or InP, a good background in process integration and exposure to the opportunities for photonic integrated circuits in telecom/datacom as well as non-telecom domains. He/she will already have had responsibility of bringing products to market amid tight deadlines and exacting specifications. He/she will lead all design and process development activities, organizing and personally contributing to the innovation of new products and designs.

Within the scope of your areas of expertise, your responsibilities include the following:


Ensure the design projects are executed on time, within budget and meet specifications

Regularly review, offer guidance and technical insight to the design team

Process Platform

Translate product requirements into specifications for chip design and process platform, evaluating available trade-offs

Work with the Process Development Team Leader to define required process modifications or optimisations to realize required photonic structures.

Plan, budget, win approval and execute the associated developments.

Winning new projects

Finding new business opportunities and getting a buy-in from important stake-holders

Ensuring a detailed understanding of the application, potential photonic solutions and evaluating the pros/cons of each, Performing business analysis and technical risk evaluation of proposed designs/solutions.

Active involvement in networking, establishing relevant contacts in academia and industry, writing proposals for collaboration projects.

Management and Leadership

Mentor, coach and appraise team leaders, help build their team through successful recruitment and high retainment levels

Represent the Belgian team within the Company at international level

Cooperate with other related R&D groups in Europe

The profile

Your have a Master or PhD in related technical discipline with strong management experience with the ability to provide others with clear direction and leadership e.g. lead a project team to cooperate with a team of international experts in different areas including marketing, R&D and standardization.

You will have at least 10 years experience in the field of photonics, including 5 years in the development of photonic integrated circuits, with proven experience in delivering designs that lead to production. You have a detailed understanding of process integration relevant to Photonic Integrated Circuits (either III-V or Silicon photonics).

You have the ability to quickly understand new application areas and product requirements. You have experience and a facility to work at the interface between industry, academia, authorities and institutions in Europe.

You have excellent communication and presentation skills and an excellent critical and analytical style. You are fluent in English (spoken and written), and knowledge in Dutch and/or Chinese is a plus. You are fluent in English (spoken and written), and knowledge of Dutch and/or Chinese is a plus. A professional experience with Chinese business culture would be an asset.

If you desire to embrace the above described challenge, with a very high level of technical innovation, being part of a multicultural team and growing environment, please contact us!

The company offers you a very attractive (personalised) salary package with a very stimulating challenge.

Send us your application (CV, motivations, salary expectations, availability) to Adoc Talent Management (www.adoc-tm.com).