RF Systems Lab Engineer

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Role Number:200289011
Would you like to join Apple’s growing wireless silicon development team? Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) space vehicles transmit the power of a lightbulb, they are 13000 miles away, and are moving four kilometers per second. The received signals are commonly one hundred times weaker than cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the Big Bang and arrive next to interfering signals ten billion times stronger, just few MHz away. Our GNSS team is part of Apple's wireless SOC team. We are a vertically integrated engineering team spanning RF, mixed signal analog design, systems engineering, Design Verification, RTL design, firmware and software engineering, Test, and Validation. Our focus is on highly energy efficient and robust GNSS receiver design. We develop GNSS technology that touches hundreds of millions of lives, something we are passionate about. We’d like you to consider being a part of our team. As a GNSS RF Systems Lab Engineer, you will be a key member of part of the GNSS RF System team and design, purchase and review the HW platforms and lab equipment to enable this mission.

Key Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
  • Design and test RF centric boards for internal validation usage
  • Review, represent and promote the team’s interests with regards to the board designs and layouts for our products
  • Experience in board bring-up, testing, and ensuring stability of operation
  • Debug issues related to poor boards design practices, root cause the issue, simulate it, and come up with solutions
  • Capable of reworking SMAs and BGA components up to 0201
  • Working knowledge of RF test equipment such as network analyzer, spectrum analyzer, vector signal analyzer, vector signal generator, etc.
  • Working knowledge of RF, PLL, and general wireless system measurements (i.e., IP3, NF, SNR, phase noise, lock time, etc.)
  • Knowledge in test and script development (Python, MATLAB, PERL, TCL)
  • Strong RF background and familiarity with RF systems fundamentals
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in RF test development, debug, and reporting
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


You will work with RF System team members on: - Design, review, or monitor all RF boards that are used by the team during any phase of the design cycle, after collecting all internal requirements - Be responsible for inventory in the lab both in terms of internal boards as well as tools and equipment used by the team - Purchase new machines, tools, and equipment as needed - Rework the RF boards used either internally or through outsource groups - Collaborate with RF bring-up and integration teams on RF board layout, test interface methodology, programming sequence, and RF calibrations - Bench test, debug, and characterization of RF System building blocks including transmitters, receivers, PLLs, PAs, ADC/DAC, Oscillators, and PMU - Characterization of RF system parameters such as PN, sensitivity, etc. - Debug of chip level or board level de-sense and spur issues - Generation of RF design/verification/test report

Education & Experience

BSEE is required

Additional Requirements