Sr. Validation/Characterization Engineer – West LA, CA


Position: Senior Validation/Characterization Engineer
Reporting to: Director of Test
Location: Redondo Beach, CA

Job Description

An exciting new fabless semiconductor company seeks an experienced High-Speed/RF Validation Test Engineer. The candidate will be involved with test plan development/execution, bench setup, and equipment/setup calibration for characterization of new-to-the-world very high speed analog and RF/mmWave integrated circuits. The person will work with industry leading design & systems experts, be responsible for validating, analyzing test data, and writing test reports for state-of-the-art mixed-signal/RF/High-speed SerDes ICs. They include very high-speed, deep sub-micron CMOS and SiGe circuits, related to PLLs, VCOs, Data converters, Interleavers, Track & Holds, ADCs, DACs, LNAs, Mixers, TIAs, and distributed amplifiers.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Minimum 10 to 15 years of demonstrated related industry experience
  • Hands-on experience in characterizing and troubleshooting complex RF/mmWave devices or very high speed serial Interfaces
  • In-depth understanding of PLLs and ADCs/DACs or RF/mm Wave circuit components
  • Hands-on experience in Analog/Mixed-signal device bring-up and validation
  • Detailed working knowledge of test equipment including spectrum analyzers, VNAs, network analyzers, high speed oscilloscopes, microwave sources, BERTs, AWGs, TDR
  • Thorough understanding of sampling theory, phase noise/jitter, NF, intercept point, SNDR, SFDR, BER, EVM, PSRR, S-parameters, de-embedding, and eye measurements
  • Experience developing characterization plans and procedures, evaluation hardware and test reports
  • Good system level debugging skills
  • Excellent problem solving and planning skills
  • Strong sense of urgency and strong sense of ownership
  • Ability to work closely with design, systems, and applications engineers
  • BSEE degree or higher
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident

Desired Skills:

  • Background and experience in software/software control of lab equipment
  • Experience automating tests and data acquisition highly desirable
  • Strong Python, C/C++, or Matlab programming skills a plus
  • Understanding of BIST and Scan testing a plus
  • Experience with RF probing is desirable

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