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Senior Microwave Circuits and Systems Engineer


Software Engineering
Redwood City, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023
At Reach, we are delivering technologies to enable the long-range, wireless transfer of power. We believe wireless energy can be as liberating for power systems as WiFi was for data systems, and are busy creating the energy infrastructure that will one day replace the aging electrical grid. We have raised funding from top tier VC's, have real world customers deploying our technology, and are continuing to build out the exceptional team that is making our vision a reality.
We are seeking an experienced candidate to join our Microwave Circuits and Systems. The ideal candidate would demonstrate the ability to meet and exceed the below requirements, would show a high level of individual responsibility, and would act with passion and intensity in a fast-paced and collaborative wireless power start-up. This will be a full-time position. This role reports directly to the VP of Hardware Engineering.
Assist in the development of microwave circuits, phased array electronics, and in designing microwave and millimeter-wave systems.
Mentor junior members of the hardware team from time to time.
Perform detailed design of circuit boards and microwave circuits.
Assist in electrical system and subsystem design, analysis, schematic capture, prototyping, debugging, test, and support for multiple systems
Perform detailed design of microwave circuits such as amplifiers, filters, couplers, phase shifters, switches, limiters
Generate detailed circuit designs using CAD software such as ADS, Microwave Office, Spice, and EM simulators such as HFSS, Momentum, or Sonnet.
Perform detailed design using tools such as Altium for schematic capture and PCB layout.
Assemble, test, and help troubleshoot prototypes to characterize performance and improve designs
Work with CMs and suppliers to identify better parts and techniques to scale production
Perform validation and data collection on prototypes and products
Write up problems, fixes, and procedures as you discover them
Desired Qualities and Experience
Must be comfortable assembling surface mount components and performing PCB rework.
Experience using spectrum analyzer, VNA, signal generator, oscilloscope, and logic analyzer
Experience in designing, fabricating, and debugging digital, analog, and RF circuits
PCB layout experience, preferably in Altium
Deep knowledge of RF engineering concepts and components
Ability to improvise solutions from available materials
Capable of learning on the fly and rapidly acquiring new skills
Strong communication and organizational skills to work collaboratively within a close team setting
High degree of pride taken in work
Work with Electrical Engineers to identify opportunities for implementation of mechanical fixtures to assist with lab experiments, environmental testing, or assembly efficiency
Develop test methods, protocols and fixtures to evaluate components and functional sub-systems, both mechanical and electrical
Create manufacturing methods & documentation, including Manufacturing Process Instructions and Bills of Materials.
Work closely with vendors.
Work well both independently and as part of a fast-moving, collaborative team.
BS or higher in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Engineering Physics or related discipline, or demonstrated equivalent experience. Interest and/or background in wireless power is a plus.
5-8 years of hands-on experience in designing physical products.
5-8 years of in-depth experience developing microwave circuits and PCBs operating in the 2-25GHz range or similar.
Familiar with microwave design tools such as ADS, Microwave Office, Spice, and EM simulators such as HFSS, Momentum, or Sonnet.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Bonus Skills:
Experience working with overseas suppliers and CM’s, specifically supporting manufacturing changes to in production designs
Experience designing industrial or commercial equipment
Experience with phased arrays and familiarity with typical planar antennas such as patch and dipole antennas
Experience designing products to be deployed in harsh outdoor environments
Limited travel domestically and internationally to support manufacturing
Familiarity with basic hand tools and fabrication methods such as CNC, sheet metal, and 3D printing.
Flexible working hours
Unlimited, paid vacation policy
High degree of autonomy and work ownership with strong action-to-impact relationship
Dental, Vision, and Medical coverage, with HMO, PPO, HDHP options
401k, HSA, FSA
Long-term Disability, Short-term Disability and Life insurance offerings
Hybrid work schedule
Equity as part of a total comp package
Your resume.
Ideally, some samples of your work. This could be a link to a website, a portfolio in PDF or word, some JPGs or whatever you think can give us a sense for what you have done.
Reach - Who We Are
Reach is a pioneer in a new frontier of technology. Born out of MIT, incubated in YC, and developed in an "office space" that was once the oven of a cookie factory, we are a group of curious, passionate, and creative problem solvers, and we approach our work with vigor and humility.
Much has changed since our cookie factory days, but our core philosophies have remained. Decisions are made quickly, meetings and politics are kept to a minimum, and everyone here does high-visibility work that has considerable influence on our product and company. We have weekly team lunches, quarterly offsite company events, and often spend time together outside of work bicycling, rock climbing, playing music, and hosting happy hours.
We highly value diversity at our company - in not only professional capabilities and experience, but also in personal interests, schools of thought, musical tastes, and walks of life. We prioritize inclusivity, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States.