Staff Engineer, RFIC Design


Austin, TX, US

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.

Job Summary

This position participates in and leads the design activity for RF switch/LNA/PA products in cellular handset applications.  Product lines includes high-performance low-cost high-volume multi-throw RF switches, couplers, tunable filters, LNAs, and PAs with serial control interfaces. This position will direct the development of products during the entire product life cycle from product definition through product release to end-of-life.  As part of a cross-functional product development team the staff engineer will support other essential disciplines including marketing and applications, project management, characterization, production engineering, and test engineering.  The staff engineer is expected to successfully complete product development with little to no oversight and be proactive in identifying and resolving potential product issues. This position is expected to be well-versed in circuit fundamentals and adapt to new product development challenges. This position is located in our Austin, TX office.


Roles & Responsibilities

This position has responsibility for:

  • Product Definition: Assist Marketing in defining new products through feasibility studies and technical competitive analyses
  • Product Design and Evaluation: Schematic Capture, IC layout, Simulation, Package Analysis, Evaluation Board Design, Design Validation, and mentoring junior engineers
  • Product Documentation: Document all relevant product and design information to educate others on novel design techniques and provide guidance on product usage
  • Product Characterization: Work with Characterization and Test Engineers to define, conduct and analyze data from product performance characterization
  • Production ATE Development: Work with Test Engineers to define, develop and ramp production ATE solutions
  • Product Support: Work with Applications, Product, Test and Manufacturing Engineers to help answer customer questions, assess field failures, support yield improvements, etc.
  • Technology Development: work with Technologists to define the technology roadmap, addressing the performance and functional requirements of the product roadmap


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. 
  • 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
  • Driving for Results:  Aggressively pursues challenging goals and objectives; will to put in considerable time and effort to accomplish objectives; takes a highly focused, goal driven approach toward work
  • Making Accurate Judgments and Decisions: 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)

  • Typically requires 6 to 8 years of experience depending on level or education and experience
  • RF/analog IC product development experience with strong technical skills including:
    • CMOS IC design for commercial applications - bulk and/or SOI processes
    • RF IC design – switches, couplers, filters, low-noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, etc.
    • Analog IC design - voltage references, regulators, bias circuits, operational amplifiers etc.
    • Ability to plan and execute pre-silicon verification to assure customer acceptance
    • Understanding of non-linear effects in transistors
    • Knowledge of IC fabrication and how this impacts circuit performance
    • Familiarity with analog & RF IC layout techniques, including floor-planning
    • Hands on use of RF measurement equipment to validate and debug performance
    • Software tools: Cadence, ADS, EMX, Verilog-AMS
  • Team player with a strong sense of urgency to meet product requirements on schedule


Preferred Qualifications

  • Strength in documentation clarity and completeness
  • Ability to clearly assess and manage risk
  • EM simulation experience
  • Strong scripting and automation abilities
  • Software tools: Python, Cliosoft, HFSS
  • Ability to synthesize IC-level specification based on system applications/needs
  • Ability to mentor and can help develop the technical skills of the team
  • Delegation/project management: ability to assign tasks to others and ensure successful completion


Minimum Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent degree); MSEE 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.



Minimum Salary: $118,434.33
Maximum Salary: $165,240.71

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:

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Nearest Major Market: Austin