Senior Product Engineer
Irvine, CA


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Help Drive Cradle to Grave New Product Introduction of a Disruptive, High-Power Switch Product Line in an Exciting, Potentially Career-Defining Role

We are seeking a Senior Product Engineer with full-cycle product development experience (design to production-ready) to support new high-power switch products. A professional who isn’t interested in maintaining the status quo, but instead, sees the possibilities and is passionate about pushing technology forward. 

This is your opportunity to have a significant impact at a newer, cutting-edge company delivering disruptive technology that will drive electronic systems innovation across a diverse range of industries. You will work with Menlo Micro and their proprietary and proven Ideal Switch technology -- electromechanical switches that are smaller than the width of a human hair and are architected to be scalable, depending on the power ratings required. Consider a few of the advantages of joining our team. You will:
  • Enjoy the best of both worlds: the innovative, energized, growth atmosphere of a newer organization built on a strong and stable foundation of investors — industry giants GE Ventures, Corning and Paladin Capital — and fully realized products.
  • Leverage your experience in new product introduction to impact the entire product engineering cycle from understanding the needs of the client (which differ depending on industry--medical, defense, aerospace, wireless infrastructure and more) to focusing on systems architecture to delivering cutting edge high power solutions. 
  • Work closely with top minds in the electronic systems and semiconductor industries, including our CTO and Senior VP of Operations who have been at the heart of developing Menlo’s MEMS switch technology since its conception.
  • Create a legacy of work that will truly make a difference — work you can be proud of.  
  • This is an exciting time to join our team. In its fourth year of independent operation, Menlo Micro is already enjoying great success and is on the edge of a huge spike in growth. In this rare role, you can still make a ground-floor impact atop the solid foundation that is already in place, while earning competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and an outstanding stock option package. Of course, while we well into the start-up phase, we maintain a high-energy, entrepreneurial approach to our work.
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Menlo Micro is a spin-off from GE Global Research that is leveraging more than 10-years of R&D and GE's proven Digital-Micro-Switch (DMS) technology to create a scalable product development platform that drives disruptive shifts in digitally controlled, RF, smart, high-power switching applications with Smart-Relay-Systems. Our goal is to enable the future of Power IoT and Communications today.

Pictured: The Menlo Micro MM5120 is the world’s first generally available high-power RF SP4T micro-mechanical switch. We have developed a new fabrication process and applied it to DC and wideband RF/microwave switch applications. This new innovative technology enables robust and highly reliable switches capable of greater than 25 W CW power handling at 6.0 GHz.
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Take New, Disruptive Technology from Design to Production in a High-Impact, Ground Floor Role

The Requirements
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We work with companies that are subject to International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, to meet the basic qualification for this role, you will be a "U.S. Person," -- a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US (green card holder) or a member of a narrowly-defined category of protected individuals. In addition, to be a good fit for the Senior Product Engineer opportunity, you will have:
  • BS or MS in Electrical Engineering (highly preferred), Computer Engineering, Material Science, Physics or similar technical focus.
  • 5 to 8 years of professional work experience as a product engineer, including sustaining and new product introduction.
  • Knowledge and experience in the following areas:
    • Data Analysis: Strong at JMP or Excel and a database interface (Exensio, DataPower, DataConductor).
    • Programming: Familiarity with C, C++ and/or Labview or similar programming language to automate your workflow.  Arduino / other Micro Controllers, understanding GPIB/SCPI commands for communicating with electrical instruments.
    • Know how to use lab instruments like SMUs, Switch matrix, function generator, and oscilloscopes.
    • Experience with Power switching device test and test systems at high power.
    • Understanding of semiconductor operation and theory; MEMS devise technical understanding and experience a plus.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with given resources.
  • Ability to stay very organized with code documentation and lab test setups.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experimental excellence and effective teamwork in process problem solving.
This role requires that you work in our Irvine lab and office and travel occasionally to Europe and Southeast Asia.

Pictured: The MM3130 device is a high power 6-channel SPST micro-mechanical switch offered in a 36 mm2 BGA package. Given its small form factor, significant power handling capability, and ultra-low DC and RF losses, the MM3130 can bring significant size and weight reductions to high power radio designs.
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The Role
If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional details about the role, please read below.
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As a Senior Product Engineer, you will own the new high power MEMS-based switching devices product line, as well as other products, and be primarily responsible for generating the systems and programs providing automation of lot disposition and yield/characterization report. You'll work across disciplines, acting as the glue that holds the teams together through the full stage-gate process from idea to production. Your primary responsibilities will include:
  • Sustaining – Yield analysis and failure mode analysis on a given product. RMA/failure analysis and root cause investigation. Commonality studies across process steps and impact to product performance/yield.
    • Yield analysis/improvement – be able to identify major failure modes on a given product, track them across lots/wafers. Identify root cause of failures and generation and implementation of improvement plan.
    • RMA/failure analysis – be able to take a given RMA from applications team/customer and lead FA efforts to find root cause. Implement the corrective action and perform FMEA.
    • Commonality studies – Commonality studies between the different wafers/lots/products to improve product performance or yield.
  • New Product Introduction – Be able to take a product from design to production. Identify testability and production viability.
    • Generate characterization plan and qualification plan. Design hardware and implement software needed to perform a full product qualification.
    • Perform GRnR studies to validate test setups.
    • Perform characterization testing over temperature and bias corners, i.e. s-par, harmonics, IP3, parametric
    • Analyze characterization results and Implement guard banding of key parameters.
    • Manage reliability HW and SW development, for various rel. test, i.e. HTOL, HAST, ESD.
  • Measurement Instruments – Comfortable with Oscilloscopes, VNA, Spectrum Analyzers, Power Device Analyzers (parametric analyzers), custom rack and stack measurement systems, pulsed current tests, ESD testing, etc.
Secondary responsibilities will include:
  • Hardware debugging in collaboration with the applications engineering team to ensure healthy device functionality.
  • Sourcing and acquiring measurement equipment for different characterization efforts.
  • Stage gate familiarity and file organization for it.
Note: This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

 
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Why Join Us
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Make your mark
We've been in business more than four years and, while our first-year revenues were in the millions, we're still a small group -- that means every position is essential. You'll work in a fast-paced and adaptive team environment that is developing innovative technology with an impact on broad industrial and commercial products.

Ground-floor opportunity
You will help us drive success nearly from the beginning. This is your chance to be part of a high-potential business, and as we grow, you can grow along with us, building a long-term career home. You will showcase your ability to acquire and manipulate data, make decisions independently and hone your products. 

Ground-breaking technology
Born out of a decade-long effort at General Electric's Global Research Center, Menlo Micro is bringing to the market a series of technology innovations that have enabled us to reinvent one of the most essential and fundamental building blocks required for nearly every electronic system imaginable . . . the switch. To read more about our technology follow the hyperlink, but be sure to come back to submit your resume/application: Menlo Micro Technology.

Top talent
You'll work with seasoned leaders with decades of combined experience and wins ranging from past startup success to success at major corporations, as well as with talented individual contributors. All or our team members bring tremendous skill and a proven track record of success, ranging from important journal publications to a plethora of patents to business and leadership successes, both domestic and international, and more. You will add your own strong skills to that talent, and also have plenty of opportunities to learn and further develop your skills.

Strong foundation
Unlike other startups, we have a decade of research behind us and $18.7 million backing to get us started. We already have clients with needs ranging from home automation to wireless power-charging and are in production with a product that will support GE's MRI technology. In fact, we're already so far along that we've added a supply chain team and we just launched the business in December 2016! In other words, you will enjoy the entrepreneurial atmosphere of a high-potential startup without worrying about the usual startup risks.

Excellent compensation and perks
We value our employees and offer:
  • Competitive compensation and a robust, comprehensive benefits plan that includes a range of insurances, a 401(K) plan, paid time off and more.
  • Equity! You're joining us on the ground floor and can earn stock options, which could be lucrative over the long term.
  • Great work/life balance. While this is not a 9-5 role, we don't work typical startup hours. We still enjoy most evenings and weekends away from the office.
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Road to Success
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While we have several years behind us and enjoy benefits and security beyond a normal startup, ours is still a startup environment. To thrive and excel here, you must take ownership of your role and the product, and be accountable for the breadth of your responsibilities. The team is small, so visibility is high, but so is the opportunity to make an impact . . . and we're looking for people who are passionate about making a difference.

Your technical expertise and dedication to sound engineering principles will be critical, but in our small environment, your interpersonal and communication skills also will be essential. Additionally, you should be comfortable in a rapidly growing environment where ambiguity is the norm. You're entering on the ground floor, so you can still help shape product engineering processes and procedures and help us align our priorities moving forward. Flexibility and adaptability will be critical to your success.

Pictured: The MM3100 device is a high power, normally open (NO), six-channel single pole/single throw (SPST) micro-mechanical switch for RF and microwave switch applications. Innovations in the switch material system enable robust and highly reliable switches capable of >25 W that are an ideal replacement for pin diode switches in high power radio applications.
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Menlo Microsystems, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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