Senior Staff Engineer, CAD Engineering


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

This position is responsible for driving high level CAD initiatives that have a direct impact on the effectiveness of pSemi’s IC design teams.  These initiatives cover a broad spectrum of CAD functions related to the development and support of EDA tools and process design kits (PDKs) for analog, RF, mixed-signal, and digital design flows.  The candidate is also expected to possess the necessary programming abilities, circuit design knowledge and project management skills to support, develop, and enhance the company’s supported design flows.


Roles & Responsibilities

This position has responsibility for:

•     Foundry PDK Implementation – Implementation and management of pSemi’s proprietary PDKs and off-the-shelf foundry PDKs.

•     CAD Development – Work closely with the design teams to implement CAD flows, procedures, automation and utilities to improve design efficiency.

•     CAD Initiatives – Work with Technology, Modeling, Design Engineering teams to define CAD engineering initiatives.

•     Support the evaluation and deployment of new EDA tools to enhance IC design capabilities.

•     Provide technical leadership, insight, mentoring, and support to the CAD engineering team


Competency Requirements

Competency is based on: education, training, skills and experience. In order to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and 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; is willing to put in considerable time and effort to accomplish objectives; takes a highly focused, goal driven approach toward work
  • Serving Customers: Builds strong relationships with customers; stays aware of customer needs, concerns and satisfaction; responds promptly to customer questions and requests; effectively manages customer expectations


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Experience and Skills)

  • PDK Development – Proficient in all aspects of custom PDK implementation.  Able to work with foundries to address all issues associated with the PDKs.
  • Design Flow Expertise – Extensive CAD knowledge of analog/RF/mixed-signal IC design flows, including but not limited to design capture, simulations, EM, physical design, and physical verification.
  • CAD Systems Knowledge – Solid understanding of hardware systems, server farm implementation, design management software, job scheduling software and grid computing
  • EDA Software tools Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Keysight, Ansys
  • Extensive experience with scripting and software development (C, Perl, SKILL)
  • Extensive experience with Linux/UNIX operating systems
  • Familiarity with change and configuration management systems, issue tracking, and revision control systems
  • 5 years of demonstrated technical leadership
  • U.S. Citizenship/Permanent Resident required


Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to clearly assess and manage risk
  • Strength in documentation clarity and completeness
  • Demonstrated leadership and development of technical teams of engineers



Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering with 12 years of experience in related field, or Master’s degree with 8years of experience, or PhD with 5years of experience



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:     $157,818.86 
Maximum Salary:     $220,961.55

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: San Diego