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Principal Systems Architect

Experience Level:  Individual Contributor
Job Type:  Full-Time

TX - Richardson, US

Requisition ID:  3592

Qorvo (Nasdaq: QRVO) is All Around You! We make a better world possible by providing innovative Radio Frequency (RF) solutions at the center of connectivity. We combine product and technology leadership, systems-level expertise and global manufacturing scale to quickly solve our customers’ most complex technical challenges.


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.


Qorvo's Infrastructure and Defense Products (IDP) revenue grew double digits for 13 consecutive quarters over 2016-2019 as it expanded into diverse, high-growth markets. Today, Qorvo IDP serves large markets including wireless connectivity, broadband, aerospace, defense, the IoT, and programmable power management. Through innovation and market leadership, IDP has established Qorvo's technology and product leadership in RF semiconductors, expanding its use from defense radar and electronic warfare to commercial markets including 5G base stations, WiFi, and broadband cable networks.  We are a global company thriving on a culture of innovation, diversity, and inclusion.


Principal Systems Engineer for the World’s Premier RF Semiconductor Company 



Qorvo is currently seeking a principal level system engineer responsible for driving innovation and technology of our leading-edge RF technology and products.  This will involve advanced research, system level architecture trades, RF line-up analysis, simulation, requirements development, gap analysis, standards participation, customer engagement, and strategic road mapping activities.

The ideal candidate is someone with an in-depth background in design and development of RF circuits and RF systems but has broader insight into the larger system architecture and a pulse on technology and trends. As a system engineer in the advanced development group you would be responsible for researching the state-of-the-art, proposing innovative solutions to challenging problems, gathering customer requirements, and formulating the strategic product and technology roadmaps to senior management.



  • Research RF semiconductor technology, technology trends, RF/system architectures, and identify key market trends in order to create and communicate a technical vision leading to innovative and disruptive RF products
  • Drive RF strategy, product roadmap, and technology roadmaps for infrastructure markets including: 5G base-station, WiFi, IoT, Automotive, and Transport
  • Systems engineering and analysis including RF line-up analysis, link-budgets, system modeling, architecture studies, and advanced technology development including tuners, digital-predistortion, filters, and antennas.
  • Standards engagement including 3GPP RAN4, 5GAA, and IEEE802.11
  • Support commercial infrastructure Tier1 customer engagement in order to gather requirements and present the research and analysis supporting the market shaping product definition for 5G macro base-stations, mass-MIMO, small-cell, eLAA, V2X, and other systems
  • Advanced efficiency boosting PA design and simulation
  • Support market shaping products through critical lifecycle stages including concept/feasibility, and development.



  • Expert-level understanding of radio systems, including architecture, device technology, antenna design, simulation, system architecture, and calibration challenges and techniques
  • Recent and relevant experience designing microwave/millimeter-wave MMIC amplifiers, switches, phase shifters, attenuators, mixers, filters, hybrid multichip modules, or transmit/receive front-end modules (FEMs).
  • Experience in advanced III-V compound semiconductor technologies, specifically GaN and GaAs. 
  • Experience in high power base-station discrete power amplifier and Doherty design in LDMOS and GaN.
  • Experience in mobile cellular RF design and automotive telematics design.
  • Recent use of either ADS or Microwave Office (MWO) RF circuit and system simulators including EM analysis using HFSS, CST, or Momentum.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to concisely summarize highly technical concepts.


Desired Experiences:

  • Radio system design, simulation, and calibration, including antenna design is desired
  • Design of high-performance GaAs or GaN MMIC power amplifiers with simultaneous power, bandwidth, efficiency, and linearity requirements.
  • SiGe/SOI and/or CMOS-based RFIC/MMIC, analog, and mixed signal design experience is a plus.
  • Published author in technical journals and/or magazines.
  • Strong ability to interpret customer technical needs


Required Education & Experience:

  • PhD Electrical Engineering (with RF/Microwave focus) with 7 or more years relevant experience
  • M.S. with 15 years or more relevant experience


Work Location:  Richardson, TX (preferred location); Greensboro, NC (alternate); other remote options available pending candidate’s experience.

Relocation Eligible:  Yes

Work Authorization:  Must be a U. S. citizen or Green Card holder

Clearance Type:  None



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.



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

Nearest Major Market: Dallas
Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth

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