Staff Failure Analysis Engineer at Qualcomm (San Diego, CA)

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Job Area:
Engineering Group, Engineering Group > Failure Analysis Engineering

General Summary:
Evaluates the electrical and mechanical characteristics of systems and/or integrated circuits, components, and sub-components to determine the cause of failure, including the verification of analog and digital performance. Analyzes failure reports, identifies the root causes of issues, and recommends corrective action. Develops methods, processes, procedures and equipment that will improve the failure analysis process and/or reduce failures.

Minimum Qualifications:• Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, or related field and 4+ years of chip-level Failure Analysis (e.g., physical failure analysis, electrical microscopy, nanoprobing) or related work experience.
Master's degree in Science, Engineering, or related field and 3+ years of chip-level Failure Analysis (e.g., physical failure analysis, electrical microscopy, nanoprobing) or related work experience.
PhD in Science, Engineering, or related field and 2+ years of chip-level Failure Analysis (e.g., physical failure analysis, electrical microscopy, nanoprobing) or related work experience.
• 3+ years working in a physical/chemical laboratory setting.

Physical Requirements:• Frequently transports and installs equipment up to 25 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:• 8+ years chip-level Failure Analysis (e.g., physical failure analysis, electrical microscopy, nanoprobing) experience or related work experience.• 1+ years of work experience in a role requiring interaction with senior leadership (e.g., Director level and above).• 1+ years in a technical leadership role with or without direct reports (only applies to positions with direct reports).

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: • Performs failure analyses on highly advanced and complicated issues (e.g., level 3) using deep knowledge of products and processes, extreme patience, and creative problem solving.• Applies a highly advanced knowledge in one or more areas of failure analysis (e.g., physical failure analysis, electrical microscopy, nanoprobing, etc.) to solve problems; identifies industry trends and shares techniques with teams.• Performs physical failure analyses on both systemic and isolated issues by examining individual layers of silicon to reveal evidence of defect, and provides recommendations on how to resolve the issue.• Conducts highly advanced and complex electrical fault isolation analyses to localize 'hot spots' and isolate location of defect, and demonstrates advanced technology and usage to others.• Guides others in the administration of non-destructive testing on devices using imaging tools (e.g., X-ray, C-SAM) and/or optical inspections.• Writes papers and publications documenting new approaches to failure analysis.• Communicates results of failure analysis to requesters, provides advice on resolving issues, and answers questions.• Reviews incoming failure analysis requests, determines type of analyses and resources needed, and guides teams in the completion of appropriate analyses.• Acts as the case owner for multiple complicated cases requiring cross-functional coordination; balances and prioritizes multiple complex cases and oversees the work of case owners at the engineer and/or senior engineer level.• Encourages others to think creatively about ways to improve processes and identify failure issues, and proposes innovative methods for identifying and/or preventing defects.• Coordinates with partners in other teams (e.g., design team, product team) to share device and/or customer issues, push plans forward, and develop mutually beneficial solutions.

Level of Responsibility: • Working independently with little supervision.• Making decisions that are moderate in impact; errors may have financial impact or effect on projects, operations, or customer relationships; errors may require involvement beyond immediate work group to correct. • Using verbal and written communication skills to convey complex and/or detailed information to multiple individuals/audiences with differing knowledge levels. May require strong negotiation and influence, communication to large groups or high-level constituents.• Having a moderate amount of influence over key organizational decisions (e.g., is consulted by senior leadership to provide input on key decisions).• Completing tasks that do not have defined steps; simultaneous use of multiple mental abilities is generally required to determine the best approach; mistakes may result in significant rework.• Exercising substantial creativity to innovate new processes, procedures, or work products within guidelines or to achieve established objectives.• Using deductive and inductive problem solving; multiple approaches may be taken/necessary to solve the problem; often information is missing or conflicting; advanced data analysis and interpretation skills are required.• Occasionally participates in strategic planning within own area affecting immediate operations.

The responsibilities of this role do not include: • Financial accountability (e.g., does not involve budgeting responsibility).

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EEO Employer: Qualcomm is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or any other protected classification.

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More Information on Qualcomm
Qualcomm operates in the Mobile industry. The company is located in San Diego, CA. Qualcomm was founded in 1985. It has 40619 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 jobs at Qualcomm, click here.
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