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Staff Microwave Design Engineer

Experience Level:  Individual Contributor
Job Type:  Full-Time

CA - Newbury Park, US

Requisition ID:  1665

Qorvo is All Around You! We manufacture innovative RF solutions at the center of connectivity to enable high-performance applications for advanced wireless devices, wired and wireless networks and defense radar and communications for 5G networks, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and other emerging applications. We are a global company thriving on a culture of innovation, diversity, and inclusion.  Our people are always at the core of Qorvo’s innovation. Qorvo is a place to stretch your imagination and push boundaries to achieve success.


It is an exciting time to be a part of Qorvo’s Infrastructure and Defense Products. Qorvo’s IDP manufactures and markets high performance RF and mixed signal integrated circuits for the communications markets that connect, protect and power the world. Our customers trust Qorvo to meet and exceed requirements and deliver advanced RF technologies to enable their most complex technical challenges and applications. Our products address connectivity both wired and wireless networks, the smart home and the IoT, broadband, aerospace, defense, and automotive.  Our customers rely on us to solve the industry’s most complex engineering problems. And that takes brain power and willingness to create and innovate.  Join us and help us continue to create cutting edge technologies for a more connected world all around you.


Brief Description

Qorvo, Inc is looking for a Microwave Design Engineer responsible for the design and development of high-power microwave amplifiers and related ancillary products. In this capacity you will take a technical leadership role in developing RF, analog and DC circuitry employed in a wide variety of product development projects.  You will address all aspects of circuit design & development, including but not limited to:

  • Driving technical definitions & specifications of next generation products,
  • Presentations & proposals to management and customers,
  • Linear & non-linear simulations and component selection,
  • PCB design and fabrication, testing and verification to design specifications.

You will be working with Electrical & Mechanical Design Engineering, Marketing, and the Product Line to develop products for next generation RF products.  The ideal candidate will hold a BSEE with MSEE preferred, and relevant experience in wideband high power microwave design in RF, radar and wireless communications industry including RF & microwave circuit design, analog design with discrete devices & ICs, interface electronics, and power management.


Job Summary
Lead multiple cross-functional and cross-site engineering teams in the design and development of high power GaN based microwave amplifiers and related circuitry.  Develop requirements and specifications for assemblies used in products that are needed for next generation systems in infrastructure & defense markets. Perform analysis and simulations of various approaches including key challenges, tradeoffs, and approaches to verification and validation.  Identify required circuit functions based on performance parameters and constraints and allocate sub- system partitioning to each function. Provide technical inputs to board thermal analysis and help analyze any resultant impact to the reliability of integrated assemblies. Define RF circuit interfaces and integration requirements based on this partitioning. Develop plans for integrated assembly and RF component integration, as well as plans for employing the assemblies and RF components. Integrate sensors, component controls and data acquisition blocks by working with the embedded controllers & digital signal processing engineers. Provide design documentation necessary to realize integrated assemblies and their interconnection with hosts.  In conjunction with Test engineering, develop strategies and execution plans for automated test capability of integrated assemblies.  Review customer’s requirements and technology proposals to identify potential applicable company products & technology. Work with engineering development groups and marketing during product development cycles to ensure products meet customer specifications and requirements. Travel within US to visit customers, company design centers and industry partners is required, up to 15%.



Specific Job Duties

  • Develop specifications and generate proposals for high power GaN amplifiers and related ancillaries employed in RF and microwave transmitters
  • Work with digital design engineers to integrate command, communications, control and interface circuitry for RF integrated assemblies
  • Perform linear, non-linear & time domain simulations of active & passive circuits including but not limited to filters, couplers, amplifiers, oscillators, and power management
  • Employ time domain simulation methods to accurately predict electronic circuit performance and impact to overall assembly performance
  • Utilize & demonstrate temperature compensation techniques for RF components and line-ups.
  • Analyze dynamic range performance based on noise figure, phase noise, quantization error, filter group delay, isolation, and amplifier linearity
  • Relate spectral mask of transmitters back to signal processing chain performance
  • Provide trade-offs, design options, design risks, cost analysis, benchmarking of known schemes, contingency plans for proposals and efforts to identify best possible technical path forward
  • Determine if there is an acceptable industry base for components being recommended for use in assemblies, and identify potential risks in the use of selected components and materials. 
  • Build hardware demonstrators/engineering models that along with simulations, will demonstrate feasibility of proposed technical approaches
  • Oversee schematic capture, BOM generation, and layout of PCBs
  • Conduct comprehensive design reviews of project work intended for deployment of products and technical solutions
  • Support component selection taking into account thermal, environmental, and reliability requirements
  • Understand environmental and reliability requirements for SMT assemblies and support analysis and potential test strategies to insure compliance.
  • Generate assembly instructions, test plans, reports, presentations, and other support documentation
  • Test and modify surface mount circuits & assemblies to meet requirements
  • Provide improvements to circuit designs & block diagrams
  • Generate test reports, requirements and documentation for design verification and production testing
  • Some travel required inside USA to visit customers and suppliers



  • BSEE minimum, MSEE preferred
  • 6+ years’ experience in microwave power products related to military, communications and RF industry.
  • Extensive background in RF circuit design using MMICs and discrete devices
  • Extensive experience in harmonic balance simulation techniques and 3D electromagnetic field solvers
  • Experienced in power management design including switching converters, regulators and load control
  • Background in designing and building complex surface mount integrated assemblies
  • Extensive knowledge of active and passive components available in the open market
  • Experience applying semiconductor devices such as HBT and GaN in RF circuits & chains
  • RF & microwave circuit design including amplifiers, control components, ALC, AGC and temperature compensation
  • Familiarity with modern and legacy radio architectures
  • Ability to employ component specifications such as noise figure, phase noise, quantization error, ADC SNR, filter group delay, isolation, and amplifier linearity in the determination of dynamic range in RF line-ups
  • Extensive background in time domain simulations (SPICE) of mixed signal circuits
  • Background in receiver and transmitter circuit designs, block diagram analysis, familiarity with up and down conversion, synthesizers and application of RF components
  • Highly organized to handle multiple projects at once
  • Non-linear circuits simulation & experience
  • Schematic capture, PCB layout, & BOM selection experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams
  • Experience working with basic thermal analysis of ICs, discrete devices and passives
  • Skilled in the use of modern test equipment such as network analyzers, AWGs, spectrum analyzers and mixed signal oscilloscopes
  • Ability to hand solder surface mount components & modify circuits on the bench
  • Strong trouble shooting skills on the bench
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • US Citizen



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.

All successful candidates must be able to pass a drug screening test, pass a criminal background check, and provide proof of lawful work authorization in the United States.


Qorvo is an E-Verify Employer. For more information, please see the Right to Work and E-Verify Participation posters.

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