Sensor System Architect - Touch/Force HW at Apple (San Diego, CA)

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Come join the Sensor Technology Team! We are a multi-disciplinary, problem-solving team developing state-of-the-art sensor modules and technologies that enable the world's best user experience on Apple's products, including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, AirPods, and more. As a Sensor System Architect, you will play an integral role in conceiving, modeling and prototyping new sensor solutions. You will have an opportunity to participate in all aspects of the development process from proof-of-concept to product launch. New technical challenges arise every day, so bring your engineering excellence, creativity and innovation to this dynamic, hands-on environment

Key Qualifications

Deep understanding of EE, ME, and Physics fundamentals

Experience in modeling, building and testing complex, multi-physics systems

Proficiency in MATLAB and COMSOL or equivalent packages

Ability to thrive in ambiguity, independently converge technical issues, and align efforts across teams

Excellent communication, teamwork, and leadership skills

Experience with the following is a plus:

Tolerance analysis and statistical process control

Schematic capture, PCB/FPC layout, circuit simulation, and EE/ME lab equipment

Software best practices, data structures and algorithms

3D CAD and rapid prototyping

AI/ML techniques for sensor design or signal conditioning


Conceive novel sensing architectures to meet system constraints on power, size and cost

Identify figures of merit critical to user experience and author requirements specifications

Assess and negotiate design tradeoffs

Develop comprehensive models to guarantee performance in high volume production

Build proof of concept hardware

Analyze and reconcile build data with model predictions

Perform failure analysis, identify root causes and propose corrective actions

Provide clear technical updates to the broader team and executives

Manage external vendors and travel to support builds (approx. once/quarter)

You will work with a cross-functional team on:

Schematic capture and PCB/FPC layout

Materials, methods and machines for a robust, high-yield assembly process

Calibration and test strategy

Algorithms for sensor data conditioning and fusion

FMEA and reliability testing

Education & Experience

Degree in EE, ME, Physics or related field. PhD and 2+ years in related industry or equivalent total experience.

Experience shipping a sensor/actuator in high volume is a plus

Additional Requirements

  • EEO Statement:
  • Apple is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We also take affirmative action to offer employment and advancement opportunities to all applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Apple will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants who inquire about, disclose, or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants.
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Apple operates in the Consumer Web industry. The company is located in Cupertino, CA. Apple was founded in 1976. It has 248083 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Health insurance and Life insurance. To see all 189 open jobs at Apple, click here.
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