Senior Member of Technical Staff - RF

Engineering - Software, R&D, Technology Fremont, California


  • Responsibilities

    • Prepare, execute and analyze experiments to characterize and understand the behavior of RF systems in complex plasma reactors.
    • Study the effects of plasma reactor hardware and electrical components on the effects of stable plasma.
    • Generate excellent documentation on these experiments for internal review. Where appropriate, this position may also include publishing scientific literature
    • Propose new designs for RF plasma reactor components and systems based on experimental results and prior knowledge
    • Work with other functional groups to translate proposals into working concepts and prove commercial feasibility. This may also involve some degree of project management.
    • Any additional responsibilities assigned

    Skills and requirements:

    • A very high theoretical understanding of generators and matches and there interaction with: reactor chamber, electrostatic chuck, source components, process gases, high vacuum, reactor process components, RF transmission cabling, thermal effects of plasma on hardware and magnetic fields.
    • Expertise with a wide range of test equipment including RF Power Meters, Frequency Generators, Spectrum Analyzers, Network Analyzers, DMM’s and Oscilloscope’s. Test and troubleshoot systems, devices, processes and/or test set-ups to locate and repair defective area(s). This includes analog, digital and RF circuits.
    • Demonstrated theoretical hands-on developmental experience in a technical environment: Bachelor of Science or Master’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or 5 years equivalent experience.
    • Excellent data analysis skills, including numerical and statistical analysis of data, treatment of experimental errors and graphical presentation of diverse (potentially multidimensional) datasets.
    • Excellent documentation and communications skill. This position requires generation of reports and presentations for internal review.
    • Must be able to quickly build/assemble sophisticated experimental apparatuses containing data acquisition and/or automated processing.
    • Experience with relevant software (DASYLab, Labview, Igor Pro, Matlab or similar) is a plus.
    • Must be able to work independently under deadline pressure in a highly dynamic environment.
    • Must be able to work safely in a laboratory environment containing high-energy machinery and hazardous gases.
    • Must be able to travel outside the US, 25%+


    • Competent with modeling and simulation tools Mathematica and FLEX PDE
    • Modeling applications
    • High-vacuum equipment
    • RF circuits and systems
    • Controls and general electrical engineering
    • Mechanical, electrical and optical measurements
    • Semiconductor processing

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

·         Successful completion of required Safety training.

·         Ensure equipment and machines are maintained in safe operating condition.

·         Report to the Safety Officer any unsafe or unhealthy condition which cannot be corrected.

·         Follow all safety and health regulations and work practices, including personal protective equipment where applicable.