Qualcomm Senior Engineer - Mixed-Signal / mmWave / sub-THz RFIC Design (Qualcomm Research San Diego, CA) in San Diego, California
Company:Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Job Area:Engineering Group, Engineering Group > RFIC Design
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Qualcomm Corporate R&D RFIC design team is currently seeking experienced RF and mixed-signal designers to develop next generation communication systems for 5G and beyond. This role will include system level analysis, behavioral simulation and IC design using innovative architectures to deliver best-in-class performance. Of particular importance will be design experience of RFDAC's for wireless LAN's, wide-area networks, and base station and Gsps ADC’s.Individuals in this role will be expected to:Work closely with systems engineer on block-level specificationsPerform transistor-level design of key blocks of RF transceivers such as RFDAC's, Gsps ADC’s, synthesizer, baseband filter, ADC/DAC, Gbps serial transceivers, power amplifier, low noise amplifier, mixer, phase shifter for mmWave/sub-THz in SiGe, CMOS, CMOS-SOIWrite design review documentsPerform layout design of the assigned block with assistance of shared layout design resourcesExtract layout parasitics using LPE/XRC and EM modeling toolsParticipate in top-level simulations, verifications and tape outPerform package level or probe level testing of the assigned blockAll Qualcomm employees are expected to actively support diversity on their teams, and in the Company.Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate the following:• Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering or related field• Experience in transistor level RF/mixed-signal IC design including high speed, high dynamic range DAC's, segmented DAC's, switch-capacitor DAC's, current-switched DAC's, time-interleaved DAC's, pipelined ADC’s, time-interleaved ADC’s, switched-capacitor sample-and-hold, frequency synthesizer, DLL, power amplifier• Experience with RFDAC design for wireless LAN, wide-area networks, base stations, and Gsps ADC is highly desirable• Hands-on knowledge of Cadence EDA tools and EM modeling tools• Ability to work with RF/mixed-signal test equipment in the lab• Proven track record of successfully transition designs into productionOther information about this role:Define, design and develop complex radio frequency integrated circuits in complex SoC’s and discrete RFIC’s. Perform radio signal path and circuit topology analysis and detailed transistor-level design of highly-integrated transceivers and associated blocks for wireless applications, 4G, 5G, WLAN, BT and GPS standards using advanced process technologies. Utilize complex analysis, simulation, engineering, science and mathematical principles to compose algorithm structures to solve problems. Assess processing requirements and select devices to meet requirements. Debug and assess performance of algorithms in actual application hardware. The responsibilities of this role include: • Working under close supervision.• Taking responsibility for own work and making decisions with limited impact; impact of decisions is readily apparent; errors made typically only impact timeline (i.e., require additional time to correct).• Using verbal and written communication skills to convey basic, routine factual information about day-to-day activities to others who are fully knowledgeable in the subject area.• Working within prescribed budget and resources.• Having a moderate amount of influence over key organizational decisions (e.g., is consulted by senior leadership to provide input on key decisions).• Completing some tasks with multiple steps which must be performed in a specific order; directions or manuals can accurately document the steps necessary to perform the task.• Exercising some creativity to troubleshoot technical problems or deal with novel circumstances.• Using deductive and inductive problem solving; multiple approaches may be taken/necessary to solve the problem; often information is missing or incomplete; intermediate data analysis/interpretation skills may be required.The responsibilities of this role do not include: • Providing supervision/guidance to others.• Role in strategic planning.Principal Duties and Responsibilities• Determines circuit-level specifications based on system-level requirements with minimal supervision.• Uses technical expertise with tools/applications to develop the architecture and design of one or more blocks based on specifications. • Resolves architecture and design problems by applying sound RFIC engineering practices with minimal supervision. • Runs simulations to determine how circuits perform under various circumstances with minimal supervision.• Independently floor-plan layout; works with layout engineers under minimal guidance to generate the layout of circuits and conduct physical verification on the layout; participate in review of generated layout.• Writes test plans and reviews test results to assess performance and identify any bugs in own work and provides instructions to test engineers for their design block.• Debugs most issues and escalates highly complex issues. • Seeks essential knowledge of industry trends, and advances related to RFICs.• Collaborates with team members to generate new ideas.• Writes clear and detailed technical documentation and feature descriptions to guide users.
Physical Requirements• Performs required tasks at various heights (e.g., standing or sitting).• Monitors and utilizes computers for more than 6 hours a day and/or test equipment for more than 3 hours a day.• Continuous communication which includes the comprehension of information with colleagues, customers, and/or vendors both in person and remotely.
Masters - Electrical Engineering
2+ years ASIC/RF design, verification, or related work experience., 2+ years of academic or professional experience using two or more of the following software: CADENCE, Virtuoso, ADS., 3+ years experience with designing RF/Analog circuits for wireless products (e.g., LNA's, PLL's)
See the required degree associated with years of work experience
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with internship or publication ,3+ years of experience in one or more of the following areas: Design of receiver and transmitter RF/Analog circuits, Design of high-performance RF frequency synthesizers, Digital control and signal processing, Product experience from conception, design, and product commercialization, Electro Magnetic simulation/modeling with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineer,1+ years of work experience in a role requiring interaction with senior leadership (e.g., Director level and above). ,2+ years of experience working in a large matrixed organization.
Analog Circuits Design, Oscillator, RF Equipment, RF Simulations, RF System Design
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