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RF PCB Design Engineer

Experience Level:  Individual Contributor
Job Type:  Full-Time

NC - Greensboro (HQ), US

Requisition ID:  1199


Mobile Test Engineering develops solutions to test Qorvo’s Mobile RF and Power Management semiconductor devices. Early samples, correlations, and production releases require our Test Engineers to have a socketed test fixture that closely matches the performance of the soldered down evaluation board in a timely manner. The RF PCB Design Engineer is a new role for the purpose of supporting our test development group by evaluating current state of our PCB design techniques and processes, performing pre-tape out simulation and post-delivery characterization and data analysis to develop best practices that drive first pass success and meet days in design queue goals.


The PCB design engineer role will require:


RF PCB Design Engineering Skills:

  • Identify and quantify PCB/socket contribution to offsets between EVB test data and Fixture test data
  • Develop methods to simulate pre-PCB tape out to mitigate offsets once PCB is delivered and assembled.
  • Skilled with ADS, ANSYS HFSS, RF Pro or other RF Simulation tools
  • Hands on characterization of PCBs in the lab once they are delivered, and/or after they are assembled with SMD components and socket
  • A solid understanding of the physics and electrical principles of PCB design, particularly for signal integrity concerns, impedance control/matching, multi-site interactions and EMI/EMC mitigation.
  • Expert level understanding of Microstrip, Coplanar Waveguide, and strip transmission lines to determine the best fit for RF performance in each PCB design
  • Skilled with Altium or other PCB design software. Knowledge of DRC capabilities of the tool and implement appropriate rules to ensure first pass success of PCB designs
  • Understanding of PCB fabrication processes and ensure PCBs are designed observing the principals of Design for Manufacturability (DFM).
  • Independently determine root cause and provide reliable solutions to issues with end use application
  • Research PCB design trends and processes, and then implement those processes that improve our fixture performance.
  • Schematic entry, PCB layout and development of standards that reduce cycle time and increase first pass success. These best practices will become the standard for the PCB layout technicians.
  • Ownership of continuous improvement activities that improve PCB performance, Layout cycle time and first pass success
  • Ability to evaluate specific layouts and make decisions to either re-work areas or move forward to tape out 
  • Minimum BSEE with at least 5 years’ experience simulating RF PCB Performance


Test Engineering Skills:

  • Possess a solid understanding of RF, DC, and Digital measurements made during Production Test to validate datasheet specifications and device performance for several families of parts. Several examples: Gain, Insertion Loss, EVM, Noise Figure, ACLR, ACP, Leakage Current, Isolation.
  • Detailed correlation analysis between data taken using socketed production test fixture and soldered down evaluation board





We are Qorvo. We do more than create innovative RF solutions for the mobile, defense and infrastructure markets – we are a place to innovate and shape the future of wireless communications. It starts with our employees. As a unified global team, we bring a commitment to excellence, growth and a passion for creating what's next. Explore the possibilities with us.


We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) / Affirmative Action employer and welcome all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, and/or any other status protected by law.

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Nearest Major Market: Greensboro

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