Post subject: Looking for experienced RF applications
engineers Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 12:40 pm
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2003 2:02 pm
I did not have in mind when establishing
this manager-engineer employment forum that I would be the first to
use it. However, an opportunity (or two) has arisen where I work as
an applications engineer at a major RFIC design company in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro
area of North Carolina.
In the Worldwide Customer Applications
department where I work, we are looking for an engineer capable of interfacing
with our customers' design engineering groups in support of our line
of GSM, W-CDMA, Bluetooth, WLAN and GPS products. These include power
amplifiers, front-end modules, mixers, modulators, and complete system-level
radio/phone chipsets. Experience has shown that the people best matched
for this job are ones with PCB-level circuit design experience that
have successfully dealt directly with customers to assist in designing
discrete components into a higher level system architecture. Previous
exposure to the commercial wireless realm is considered a plus, but
generally any experience in designing and testing amplifier matching
and biasing circuits, integration of board-level isolators, diplexers,
antenna switches, filters, etc., is acceptable.
Our Apps Engineers
work closely with the IC design groups within the company from prototyping
through initial production runs, introduction to the marketplace, and
support of current and legacy product integration. Our company has never
skimped on equipping the labs with top-notch test equipment, and the
all-too-frequent problem of having someone steal your equipment over
the weekend is almost never heard of (there's always a rogue that has
to learn). The work environment is intense, but without exception the
most congenial one in which I have ever had the pleasure of working.
Since our customers are literally worldwide, it will be necessary
to be able to communicate via phone and e-mail with folks who's first
language is not necessarily English. Bilingual or multilingual skills
would be nice, but generally customers speak English well enough to
be effective. If not, then our Apps Engineers stationed at locations
throughout the world can do the heavy lifting. Most of our Apps Engineers
end up traveling for a week or two, three to four times a year in a
whirlwind tour of all the customer areas for which they have responsibility.
Typical areas are the Americas, China/Far East, Near East, Europe. Like
I mentioned already, we have sales/support offices in all those areas
staffed with nationals, but they still need assistance from the home
base because we are the closest to the designers. Those guys (and gals)
seem to work around the clock – it's amazing what hard workers they
Aside from the need for hardware engineers, we can also
use a good software person to support some of the Bluetooth and WLAN
products, and maybe to help with some of the calibration routines for
the phone PAs.
There is no set minimum number of years required,
but your experience should be such that it justifies claims of expertise.
We have a number of new grads, but now we need more experienced folks
both to carry some of the heavier load and to mentor the younger guys.
So, if you are interested in applying for the above described position,
please contact me at email@example.com . I will NOT collect any kind
of reference fee if you are hired – I am doing this entirely for the
good of the company I work for (if we thrive, I keep my job). After
performing a pre-screening of any interested engineer's qualifications,
I will forward your information directly to my manager, who has hiring
authority. This will bypass the Human Resources firewall that we commonly
lament on this and other forums.
+++ At least for now, we can
only consider engineers living here in America +++
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