Staff Engineer, AMS Design


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

In this role you will work closely with our Product Design teams to plan and develop CMOS/SOI analog, mixed-signal, PMIC, and PA controller circuits. You will be responsible for technical leadership, and design work for IP in multiple product segments. You will also participate closely in all stages of the design cycle including definition, architecture selection, circuit design and simulation, layout supervision, silicon evaluation, characterization, and assisting with product IP integration.


Roles & Responsibilities

This position has responsibility for:

  • Product Design and Evaluation: Develop CMOS/SOI circuitry for frontends platform products, responsible for all aspects of design schematic capture, IC layout, simulation, and Test plan creation and validation
  • Project Leadership: Lead cross-functional teams to achieve complex product development goals
  • 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.
  • Mentorship: Be a technical leader through strong example and training of more junior engineers
  • IP Block Characterization: Define, collect, and analyze data from circuit block and product performance characterization. Work with IP block designers and product designers to create characterization plans and evaluate test data


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 developing Analog/Mixed-Signal/PMIC circuit blocks and products, depending on education level and experience
  • An expert in analog / mixed-signal IC circuit design:  amplifiers, opamps, references, LDO regulators, charge pumps, digital interfaces, temperature sensors, data converters, switched capacitor circuits
  • Able to effectively supervise layout designers
  • Experience in high volume, commercial CMOS ICs (bulk or SOI)
  • Strong sense of urgency to meet product requirements on schedule
  • Able to work effectively within the Technology Platforms department and cross functionally with other teams
  • Ability to mentor junior engineers
  • Knowledge of IC fabrication and how this impacts circuit performance
  • Knowledge of basic analog Bias and control circuits and their impact on overall RF system
  • IC Tape-out and measurement experience


Preferred Qualifications

  • Software tools: Virtuoso, Cadence Spectre,  Keysight ADS, EMX
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn new tools and techniques


Minimum Education Requirements

  • BSEE, MSEE or PhD preferred


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment. It is expected this position will work extended hours and weekends during critical times or as need for global team meetings.


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.


$154,659.39 - $216,538.00 per year

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:

Minimum Salary:  $154,659.39
Maximum Salary:  $216,538.00

Nearest Major Market: San Diego