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Staff Engineer, Device Engineering

Company: pSemi
Location: San Diego
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Job Description:

pSemi Corporation is a Murata company driving semiconductor integration. pSemi builds on Peregrine Semiconductor's 30-year legacy of technology advancements and strong IP portfolio but with a new mission'to enhance Murata's world-class capabilities with high-performance semiconductors. With a strong foundation in RF integration, pSemi's product portfolio now spans power management, connected sensors, optical transceivers, antenna tuning and RF frontends. These intelligent and efficient semiconductors enable advanced modules for smartphones, base stations, personal computers, electric vehicles, data centers, IoT devices and healthcare. From headquarters in San Diego and offices around the world, pSemi's team explores new ways to make electronics for the connected world smaller, thinner, faster and better.

This position will report to the Integration Engineering team and is responsible for ensuring control of device performance in a variety of CMOS processes. Candidate will also assess key product performance drivers and identify opportunities for improvement in device operation and circuit usage. This position will primarily interface with Foundry, Technology, Modeling, and Design teams.

Roles & Responsibilities

This position has responsibility for:



  • Device Performance and Control: Monitor production material to ensure stables process through ET data and hands-on measurement. Drive root cause analysis through experiment in case of excursion, reliability issue, or yield sensitivity. Recipe and structure optimization to hit performance targets in process enhancement or port activities. Present results via reports and presentation to other engineers.




    • Test Chip Design and Characterization: Develop test structures to assess process and core circuit element performance and improvement opportunities.




      • Product vs Process Interaction: Study circuit performance and literature to identify key performance factors from process and substrate.




        • Failure analysis / RMA: Support product teams for device level yield or customer failure. Drive failure analysis in case of wafer level reliability issue or intrinsic failure mode.

          Competency Requirements

          In order to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:



          • Critical Thinking: Skilled at finding logical flaws in arguments and plans; identifies problems and solutions that others might miss; provides detailed insight and constructive criticism into problems and complex situations
          • Working with Ambiguity: Achieves forward progress in the face of poorly defined situations and/or unclear goals; able to work effectively with limited or partial information
          • Driving for Results: Aggressively pursues challenging goals and objectives; will put in considerable time and effort to accomplish objectives; takes a highly focused, goal driven approach toward work
          • Displaying Technical Expertise: Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialized knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others
          • Making Accurate Judgments and Decision: Bases decisions on a systematic review of relevant facts and information; avoids making assumptions or rushing to judgment; provides clear rationale for decisions

            Minimum Qualifications (Experience and Skills)



            • 8+ years of experience in semiconductor industry
            • In-depth understanding of semiconductor device physics, process dependencies and interactions. SOI CMOS experience is preferred
            • Hands-on experiences with device layout and characterization tools and techniques (parametric analyzer, LCR meter, probe station, etc)
            • Process and device optimization experience through Design of Experiment and TCAD 2D/3D process and device simulation tools

              Preferred Qualifications



              • Familiar with Cadence layout tools, EM and thermal simulation
              • Specific experience with RF or Power Management IC product lines
              • Strong technical writing and communication skills
              • Strong data analysis and problem solving skills

                Education Requirements



                • BSEE or Equivalent, PhD preferred

                  Work Environment

                  This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

                  Physical Demands

                  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.

                  pSemi Corporation supports a diverse workforce and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees. pSemi does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions or breastfeeding), gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver's license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally-protected medical condition, military or veteran status (including "protected veterans" under applicable affirmative action laws), marital status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal laws applicable to the Company. pSemi also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that an employee or applicant has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

                  Note: The Peregrine Semiconductor name, Peregrine Semiconductor logo and UltraCMOS are registered trademarks and the pSemi name, pSemi logo, HaRP and DuNE are trademarks of pSemi Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies. pSemi products are protected under one or more of the following U.S. Patents: http://patents.psemi.com

                  Keywords: pSemi, San Diego, Staff Engineer, Device Engineering, Engineering, San Diego, California

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