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Title:  Automotive Applications Engineer - Sr. Staff (PMIC)

Company:  Renesas Electronics America Inc.
Country/Region:  US
State:  CA
City:  Milpitas
Business Unit:  Automotive Solution Business Unit
Office:  Milpitas
Job Function:  Application Engineering
Job Type:  Permanent

Renesas Electronics Americas (REA) is a dynamic, multi-cultural tech company where employees can learn, mentor and thrive. REA brings together the strong financial foundation of a multi-billion dollar global operation and the flexibility and velocity of a smaller organization. We are developing technologies for the latest advances in mobile computing, secured connected devices, autonomous driving, smart homes and factories and more. Our solutions are at the heart of products developed by the major innovators around the world. Join us and be part of what’s next in electronics.


Senior Staff Level Application Engineering position for Renesas’s Automotive-Power team. This team develops some of the highest performance and integrated solutions in the market with a focus on Automotive applications. This team will also experiment with new ways of executing on all phases of the IC development process. The environment will be highly dynamic and very fast paced. All team members are fully empowered to make decisions within the scope of their job function and are expected to be relentlessly focused on achieving project goals no matter what the obstacles may be.


Primary function includes helping to define new products, product characterization, provide technical collateral (Data sheets and Applications notes), reference designs, training, direct customer support and failure analysis support. Interfaces with customers, central applications group, Field Application Engineers', design/product/test/reliability engineering, marketing and Technical Documents Dept., to provide technical and application support for our products. The position would also involve mentoring of junior level Application Engineers.

  • Lead product definition of DC-DC multi-phase and PMIC power devices. Comprehension and gathering of customer requirements, silicon and package limitations and trade-offs, proficiency in chip and system level architecture as well as appreciation of entire design cycle from device conception through customers’ system implementation. Market experience in VR/VRM, POL and PMIC is valued. Design experience in multiphase-VR is also a plus.
  • Device Characterization: Perform device bench characterization of the different products to set limits in the data sheet. Work with the Product and Test engineers to validate product performance and correlation between Lab and ATE. Design demo boards for engineering and customer evaluation.
  • Documentation: Use Frame-Maker software for publishing Data Sheets, Tech Briefs and Application Notes. Document any test procedures for future reference and when possible publish articles and conference papers to highlight our products performance advantages.
  • Customer Support: Support marketing and sales to facilitate the design-in of our products as well as providing technical assistance to address customer questions and analyze field returns. Train Field Application Engineers on products and demonstrations systems to enhance sales channel effectiveness.



  • Minimum Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering (Masters or Ph.D. is a plus) with 10 – 15 years professional industry experience in product definition and applications of power-management IC.



  • Possess System level understanding.
  • Hands-on experience in the lab debugging, probing and characterizing silicon using a mixture of custom-made and standard equipment such as power supplies, digital oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, etc.
  • Candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Candidate must have good presentation and leadership skills.
  • Candidate must be able to drive tasks under pressure to meet urgent internal and external deliverables.
  • Candidate should be self-motivated, conscientious and work well in a team environment.
  • Candidate should have excellent knowledge of analog design and lab troubleshooting skills.
  • Candidate desired, but not mandatory, have a practical experience modeling circuits (SPICE and or IBIS).
  • Candidate desired, but not mandatory, knowledge of Python and LabView software for automating lab test.


Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto