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RF (mmWave) IC Design Engineer

Updated: Aug 9

About Metawave: Metawave is pioneering disruptive millimeter wave technologies that accelerate the transition to highly automated and fully autonomous ground and aerial vehicle operation meeting safety and emerging services goals. With its patented, high-resolution all-weather imaging SPEKTRA radar modules, and associated software stacks, Metawave is delivering the missing sensor with unmatched long-range sensing and perception based on novel machine learning and AI to automotive, tracking, trains, aerial and drone customers. Its SPEKTRA™ radar is the first automotive analog beamsteering radar with resolution capable of distinguishing objects close to each other, in difficult driving scenarios and in all-weather conditions, making cars safer and smarter. Metawave TURBO™ active repeaters and KLONE™ passive reflectors enable faster, more efficient, and lower cost 5G deployments, bringing connectivity to billions of users both indoors and out. Metawave’s AWARE™AI object classification platform is the first demonstration of real-time radar object classification. Founded in 2017, Metawave is headquartered in Carlsbad, CA. Visit us at www.metawave.com, email us at info@metawave.com, and follow us on Twitter @metawavecorp, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Your Role: We are currently seeking millimeter-wave IC design engineers to develop circuits for next generation radar and communication systems in leading edge silicon process. As part of our fast-growing team, you will be involved from initial IC conception to manufacturing qualification and ramp. We have multiple openings and are open to multiple experience levels. ​ Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with antenna and systems engineering to define sub-systems and block-level specifications.

  • Perform transistor-level design and layout of PA, LNA, mixer, VGA, VCO, combiner/divider, phase shifter, and coupler circuits, along with complete transmitter, receiver and PLL sub-systems in SiGe BiCMOS and/or RF CMOS process in various frequency bands from 24 - 81 GHz.

  • Perform electro-magnetic (EM) modeling and design of matching networks and tuning structures for circuits.

  • Perform PVT corner/Monte Carlo simulations and post-layout optimizations.

  • Collaborate with teammates to optimize critical transceiver chain gain, NF and linearity.

  • Participate in top-level simulations, verifications, layout checks and tape outs.

  • Participate in evaluating, measuring, and debugging silicon until high volume production.

Minimum Qualifications: Experience

  • 3+ years’ experience of mmWave IC design

  • Deep knowledge and a proven track record of mmWave and/or RF IC design in SiGe BiCMOS and/or RF CMOS process.

  • Familiarity with various transceiver architectures and their trade-offs.

  • Thorough understanding of fundamental microwave theories and concepts including transmission-lines concepts, scattering parameters, gain, noise, linearity and return loss design trade-offs.

  • Extensive experience in analysis, design, and implementation of mmWave PA, LNA, mixer, VGA, and VCO circuits.

  • Solid experience in design and simulation of lumped and distributed passive structures, including transmission lines, coupled lines, transformers, matching networks, directional couplers, dividers/combiners, phase shifters, inductors, and capacitors.

  • Proficient with various EDA tools: Cadence Virtuoso/ADE/Spectre/EMX, and Keysight ADS.

  • Hands-on experience with mmWave test equipment and on-wafer calibration for silicon characterization and debug.

  • Work well independently and as part of a team with good communication skills.

  • Strong problem solving skills

  • Strong individual contributor and ability to work with a team.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Close attention to detail.

Education

  • MS Electrical Engineering or Physics

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years’ mmWave IC design experience in industry

  • Experience with HFSS simulations

  • Experience in the Automotive Industry

  • Automotive radar experience is a plus, ideally for automotive grade radar

  • Previous experience with startups transitioning to growth stage and beyond

Perks + Benefits:​

  • Competitive salary package

  • Stock options for every employee

  • Hybrid in office and work from home plan

  • Healthcare + dental + vision + life & disability insurance

  • 401k plan

  • Flexible time off & paid holidays

  • Relocation assistance + reimbursement

  • Fitness Reimbursement


​​Metawave is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, service in the military, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. We will make a reasonable accommodation for any qualified applicant with a disability, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation and that the accommodation would not impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. Please let us know if you believe you require reasonable accommodation, or if you would like assistance to complete an application or to participate in an interview.



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