Staff Applications Failure Analysis Engineer

Quality Assurance San Jose, California


Staff Applications Failure Analysis Engineer

Work Location: San Jose, CA 

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Visit customers as necessary to resolve customer satisfaction issues arising from any quality problems and/or customers' perceptions about PI quality. Frequent (monthly) travel to China is required.  Extended presence (weeks) in China may be required when quality actions require close customer contact.
  • Provide support to Power Integrations customers in China on quality problem resolution to ensure customer satisfaction. This person will act as a liaison between the factory and the customers on matters of resolving customers’ production and field quality problems, thereby promoting PI’s quality value. 
  • Debugging and functionality verification of AC/DC switching power supply modules in various topologies using Power Integration’s products will be an essential part of the job responsibility.
  • Perform fault isolation and defect analysis/ characterization on power IC’s to identify root causes of product failures in reliability test, production test, and/or power supply applications. 
  • Provide comprehensive technical reports to customers on findings from product/power supply failure investigations.  Prepare reports/presentations in English and Chinese (as needed) for customers.
  • Advise internal and external customers regarding corrective actions based on the results of the analysis. 


Experience & Requirements

  • Fluent verbal, read, and written communication skills in Mandarin is a plus.
  • Good English speaking, reading and technical writing skill is required.
  • Must have direct experience in customer interface on resolution of customer quality problems.
  • At least 8 years of engineering experience in Switch-mode Power Supply applications, and analog, and/or mixed signal integrated circuit devices.
  • Experience in technical problem solving of switch mode power converters.
  • Experience in failure analysis of power semiconductors, analog, and/or mixed signal IC devices.
  • Hands-on experience in system level bench test, failure analysis, and electrical fault isolation and defect characterization tools and techniques such as the following: Oscilloscopes, Waveform Analyzer, EMI Analyzer, ESD Simulator, ATE, curve trace, micro-probing, light emission microscopy, OBIRCH, liquid crystal, CSAM, XRAY, FIB, SEM and deprocessing techniques. 
  • In-depth understanding of transformer design, digital and analog circuits, device physics and IC fabrication processes. 
  • Ability to interpret system level schematics, the IC level schematics, and IC layout of CMOS and bipolar devices is required.  


  • BS. degree in electrical engineering or equivalent technical discipline with minimum 8 years’ experience.
  • MSEE or equivalent discipline with 6 years’ working experience is preferred.

Power Integrations is committed to building teams that drive innovation and therefore review a range of factors when determining compensation.  The annual base pay range for this position is $129,584- $190,911. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, qualifications and work location.  

The range displayed on the job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for this position in California. Within the range, individual pay is determined by additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.

Power Integrations also offers to our eligible employees a comprehensive total rewards package that includes equity, medical benefits, ESPP, 401K, tuition reimbursement and time off programs. For additional benefits, please visit