Senior Engineer, Test Development



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 primary responsibilities of the Test Development Engineer are to design, develop and implement automatic test equipment and test programs for design verification and production testing. This includes the design of electronic circuits and writing test software to accomplish full test automation. The incumbent will develop maintain and support all production test procedures and equipment on site and in other locations abroad. This position will support test development and characterization of pSemi’s leading edge Boost, Buck and Charge Pump products. The individual will work closely with Design and Characterization Engineers during all phases of IC development. They will play a key role in supporting all lab ATE test development activities. 


The ideal candidate would have a background that includes probe and final test development for complex Power Management devices. This position will also be responsible for PMIC test equipment evaluations, maintenance, and calibration. PMIC development projects are fast paced, and complex in nature. They require an individual with good organization, strong initiative, thorough documentation, and good judgment in troubleshooting and evaluating the Engineering and Production PMIC silicon.  This is a great opportunity to be part of a team that develops leading edge power management devices going into markets with significant growth potential.


Roles & Responsibilities

This position has responsibility for:

  • Work closely with Design & Characterization engineers during Power Management IC development
  • Act as the central test resource as products move through development into volume production
  • Define test and validation plans to reach target test coverage and test time
  • Generate ATE test software in C++
  • Develop, debug and document complex test software and hardware for ATE
  • Participate in new design troubleshooting and provide recommendations to the development team
  • Analyze test and characterization data
  • Support test equipment automation, verification, and integration
  • Create test design documentation including test instructions, specifications, and verification plans
  • Perform test program optimization and robustness studies
  • Liaise with sub-contractors to implement and support production testing
  • Manage own time and assigned resources to meet time and quality goals
  • Reliability studies results analysis
  • Represent Test in interdisciplinary teams


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; willing to put in considerable time and effort to accomplish objectives; takes a highly focused, goal driven approach toward work
  • Delivering High Quality Work: Critically reviews work processes to ensure quality; addresses problems that could impact quality; makes sure project deliverables and services meet all requirements and expectations; does not make the same mistakes twice


Minimum Qualifications (Experience and Skills)

  • Typically requires 3 to 5 years of related experience in test development for PMIC products depending on education level and experience
  • Knowledge of analog and digital circuits and testing concepts
  • Understanding of Boost, Buck and Charge Pump circuit operation and testing principles
  • ATE Test Hardware and Software Development experience
  • Knowledge of data analysis and statistical data analysis techniques
  • Experience in Test Software development using C/C++
  • Proficient in schematic capture, and PCB design experience for test fixtures.
  • Experience with lab test equipment including SMU’s DMM’s, power supplies, and Oscilloscopes
  • Demonstrated ability to solve PMIC debug and measurement challenges
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced product development environment


Preferred Qualifications

  • Teradyne ETS364 Test Development experience
  • Production test program and hardware development experience
  • Characterization test program and hardware development experience
  • Strong understanding of the IC product development process
  • Familiarity with I2C and PMBUS interfaces
  • Experience working with Sub-Contract manufacturers
  • Proficiency in software tools such Galaxy, C++, Visual Studio, Eagle RAIDE
  • Strong desire to support product development team’s NPI roadmap
  • An attitude of continuous personal and professional development


Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering; Master’s preferred


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional laboratory R&D environment. This role routinely uses standard and specialized lab equipment to evaluate and test Boost, Buck and Charge Pump circuit performance.


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 30-50 pounds.



USD 107,690.69 - 140,005.65 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.

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