Senior Engineer, ESD, Technology Platforms


San Diego, CA, 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

The Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Engineer will be responsible for full-custom ESD circuit design, implementation, and test for RF, mmWave, and PMIC products.  You will work with industry leading ESD experts and have an opportunity to grow your career beyond just following a library datasheet.  Additionally, you will be exposed to a wide variety of process technologies while working closely with our Process Technology team on UltraCMOS® SOI-CMOS development and using off-the-shelf PDKs from leading foundries. 


Roles & Responsibilities

This position has responsibility for:

  • Design and prototyping of ESD circuits & devices in SOI/bulk CMOS and BCD technologies.
  • Measurement, characterization, and qualification of ESD structures.
  • Implementation, review, and test of ESD protection at the product level.
  • Manage internal ESD test equipment and improvements in test capability.


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

  • 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Capable of taking a novel ESD structure from concept through layout using Cadence tools

•     Experience with design and prototyping ESD circuits & devices in high volume CMOS (bulk or SOI)

  • Clear understanding of the physics behind common ESD protection structures and strategies found in IO libraries, typical digital, analog, and mixed signal solutions

•     Experience with lab equipment, including ESD testers, and able to manage/maintain internal ESD equipment

•     Hands on use of TLP systems to characterize and qualify ESD structures

  • Strong sense of urgency to meet product requirements on schedule
  • Team player, able to work effectively within ESD team and cross functionally


Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with RFIC products and applications
  • Experience in SOI and Power processes (BCD)
  • Knowledge of IC fabrication and how this impacts circuit performance
  • Software tools: Cadence, PERC, ESRA


Education Requirements

  • Minimum BSEE, 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.



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:

Nearest Major Market: San Diego