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Sr. Failure Analysis Engineer

Company: Semtech Corporation
Location: Camarillo
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Location: Camarillo, CA

Our Team:

Semtech's Failure Analysis team is a group of passionate and talented engineers tasked to analyze complex analog and mixed signal IC failures, determine the mechanism and physics behind product failures, and provide valuable technical recommendations to prevent recurrence of failures at Semtech's manufacturing line and end customer. We do this by having extensive training on semiconductor FA methodologies and techniques, using state-of-the art FA laboratory equipment, and partnering with cross-functional engineering teams!

Job Summary:

The Senior Failure Analysis Engineer is primarily be tasked with performing electrical testing and fault isolation on field returns, qualification failures, low yield failures, and new product development on a variety of mixed signal Analog and CMOS products. This position will support our internal customers, specifically the Reliability Design/Development Teams, and our external customers through the Return Material Authorization process (RMA). The assigned tasks will be diverse and complex in nature, which requires exceptional organization skills and high attention to detail.


  • Performing preliminary failure analysis steps such as: external visual examination, scanning acoustic microscopy, radiographic examination, ATE and/or bench testing, etc.
  • Perform ATE and Bench electrical testing and interpret ATE data logs to aid in localizing electrical failures.
  • Perform integrated circuit fault isolation to identify failure mechanism(s) utilizing schematics, layout files, IC design analysis, Focused Ion Beam (FIB) pad deposition for microprobing, device characterization, Photon Emission Microscopy (PEM), LASER fault stimulation (OBIRCH) and IR Thermal Emission.
  • Collaborate with designers and engineering groups to isolate root cause of failures.
  • Generate detailed reports for both internal and external customers.
  • Develop, characterize, and optimize FA techniques and tools to advance FA capabilities and efficiency.
  • Mentor other engineers/technicians in fault isolation and electrical techniques as needed.


  • 5 years of experience in failure analysis engineering, product engineering, characterization engineering, or design experience
  • Analog/Mixed Signal Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Ability to partner in a team environment - sharing thoughts and supporting one another
  • In order to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Critical Thinking: Skilled at finding flaws in arguments and plans; provides detailed insight into problems and complex situations
  • Working with unknowns: Achieves forward progress in the face of poorly defined situations and/or unclear goals; ability to communicate effectively to gather further details regarding the assignments to work more effectively.
  • Prioritizing and Organizing Work: Allocates time and attention based on what is the most important to achieve key goals; approaches work in an organized and systematic manner; effectively manages tasks, information, and requests
  • Displaying Technical Expertise: Keeps their technical skills current; effectively applies specialized knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with their job; shares technical expertise with others
  • Evaluating and implementing Ideas: Defines requirements and resources needed to implement new ideas; approaches innovation with a practical, task-oriented mindset; converts ideas from general concepts into actionable plans

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong desire to increase one's depth and breadth in the field
  • "Can do" attitude.
  • Focused on continuous improvement

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment and requires the Engineer to be on-premises in our Camarillo, CA Corporate HQ.

Career Growth Philosophy:

At Semtech, we seek innovation and leadership from each and every member of our team. Our goal is to ensure that our talented professionals are equipped with support, resources, and the opportunity to excel. Our pay-for-performance philosophy provides recognition and prestige coupled with a competitive compensation package.

The intent of this job description is to describe the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be required to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically included in this description.

All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subjected to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Keywords: Semtech Corporation, Camarillo , Sr. Failure Analysis Engineer, Other , Camarillo, California

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