Principal Device Engineer

Posté 04 nov. 2022

San Jose, California - United States

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A career with EMD Electronics is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 60,300 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Electronics is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. 

Everything we do in EMD Electronics is to help us deliver on our purpose of being the company behind the companies, advancing digital living. We are dedicated to being the trusted supplier of high-tech materials, services and specialty chemicals for the electronics, automotive and cosmetics industries. We foster a global collaborative organization made up of individuals who have the passion to win, obsess about the customer, are relentlessly curious and act with urgency. Together, we push the boundaries of science to make more possible for our customers. 


Your Role:

As the Principal Device Engineer, you will join our team to understand how novel devices, integration schemes and stacks impact materials performance to enable neuromorphic computing and in-memory computing architectures. In this position, you will be responsible for electrical characterization and device understanding to develop new classes of advanced non-volatile memory technology device solutions.


This position is based at our site in San Jose, CA.


Your Tasks:

  • Perform experimental evaluations of emerging memory cell operating window and construct a Pareto of device mechanism limiting product performance & reliability.
  • Contribute to the architecture and process definition for groundbreaking emerging memory cell, by sharing a point of view in device physics and array operation.
  • Propose and evaluate new device modes and algorithms to enable future memory technology scaling roadmap.
  • Analyze cell performance and reliability data collected across automated test platforms, including live array and scribe test structures.
  • Build statistical models to correlate phenomenological stack properties to the process and electrical parameters, to Help in building physical model and to explain device/stack properties
  • Understand device integration and characterization of semiconductor devices.
  • Collaborate effectively with process, integration, materials, reliability, and design teams, to address memory cell deficits and deliver improvement roadmaps.
  • Provide project status updates to the team and management at a regular cadence.


We offer:

  • An opportunity to break new ground building on EMD Electronics’ foundational materials and devices expertise.
  • We empower you to fulfill your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons.
  • We trust you with responsibility early on and support your own career aspirations in alignment with work-life priorities and balance.


Who You Are:

  • A strategic thinker capable of drawing the big picture
  • A pioneering, hands-on personality and have an appetite for starting a strategic activity within a corporate setting
  • Self-motivated


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering, semiconductor physics or material science
  • 5+ years (8+ years preferred) of related semiconductor industry experience
  • Deep understanding of nonvolatile memory device physics and processes.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in electrical engineering, semiconductor physics or material science
  • Experience with emerging NVM is preferred.
  • Understanding of statistical methods for experiment design and data analysis.
  • Experience in coding & scripting (e.g., Python, Perl, C / C++, etc.), data analysis software (e.g., JMP), and device modeling tools (e.g., Spice, TCAD)
  • Familiarity with design of device test modules and layout


What we offer: We are curious minds that come from a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences.
We celebrate all dimensions of diversity. We believe that it drives excellence, innovation, and human progress. We care about our customers, patients, and our rich mix of people. This diversity strengthens our ability to lead in science and technology.
We are committed to creating access and opportunities for all and empower you to fulfil your ambitions. Our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons.
Join us in building a culture of inclusion and belonging that impacts millions and empowers everyone to bring their curiosity to life!


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