Sr. NFC HW Design Engineer

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Role Number:200125470
Why Apple? We live in a mobile and device driven world where knowledge of the physical world around us is needed. We rely on this knowledge to get around, to learn about our environment and to enable spectacular new features for custom applications. Apple is meeting those needs as robustly and as creatively as possible and is interested in people who want to help meet that commitment. The success we are striving will be the result of very skilled people working in an environment which cultivates creativity, partnership, and thinking of old problems in new ways. If that sounds like the kind of environment that you find intriguing, then let's talk. These elements come together to make Apple an amazing environment for motivated people to do the greatest work of their lives. You will become part of a team that sets the standard in fostering excellence, creativity and innovation. Will you help us design the next generation of revolutionary Apple products? We have built the best RF hardware design team on the planet. We’re looking for a talented individual to join our team. We support WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and emerging technologies. As a Sr. NFC Hardware Design Engineer, you will contribute to the architecture, design, and implementation of next generation NFC solutions in established as well as new product categories. You will be responsible for all aspects of Hardware Design for a given product, including specifications, conducted performance, and manufacturability.

Key Qualifications

  • We expect qualified candidates to have the following:
  • BS, MS, or significant equivalent experience; minimum 7 years of relevant work
  • Radio Design experience, preferably high volume consumer electronics
  • Solid understanding of NFC systems including:
  • - NFC theory of operation, especially active load modulation
  • - NFC circuit design
  • - NFC antenna design considerations
  • - EMVCo specs
  • Solid understanding of RF fundamentals including:
  • - Noise Figure
  • - Sensitivity/Desense
  • - Error Vector Magnitude
  • - IIP3
  • - Harmonics
  • - Smith Charts & Tuning Networks
  • - Transmission lines
  • Hands-on bench level experience with VNAs, spectrum analyzers, and other general lab equipment
  • Modeling tools like SPICE to model transformer networks
  • Moderate soldering skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral


Daily tasks include: • Communicate proactively with internal cross-functional teams (e.g. - System EE/Integration, Product Design, Antenna Design etc.) • Communicate with outside vendors to help define components and drive technical issues to closure • Schematic Capture • PCB Fit/Placement; drive PCB layout • Bring-up/Bench testing designs and dev. hardware • Radio Tuning and Matching • Factory prototype build support and training (~15% travel) • Failure Analysis

Education & Experience

BS, MS, or significant equivalent experience; minimum 7 years of relevant work

Additional Requirements

  • 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.