30 days old

Principal RF Engineer

MKS Instruments
Rochester, New York 14623
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

Are you naturally curious? So are we at MKS. Our collective curiosity drives us to be an innovation leader in many industries. Our products drive technology advancements across a wide range of applications such as 5G, augmented/virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, clean drinking water and space exploration. We are a team of collaborators who value fresh thinking and believe in mutual respect, constructive candor, diversity and inclusion. As a valued and trusted partner to our customers, we are continually pushing the boundaries of possibility. We believe in creating technology that transforms our world and are looking for like-minded individuals to join our team. If this is appealing to you, we want to meet you.


As a Principal RF Engineer you will innovate new solutions in the area of Switch mode RF power systems for semiconductor processing applications.  You will perform or direct the completion of complex engineering assignments involved in the research, design, and development of an overall project.  You can work independently, directing and coordinating the work of technical personnel engaged in the development, construction and design verification testing of RF delivery systems, compilation of engineering data, analysis of system and sub-system behavior and solving complex engineering problems. Position will be located in Rochester NY.

Your job:

  • Switch mode RF power amplifier (e.g. Class D) circuit/system design, simulation, and testing (including schematic capture and pc board layout)
  • Design of high power RF combiners and power/impedance sensors
  • Evaluation of new power device technology (e.g. Silicon Carbide, Gallium Nitride)
  • Validating performance in real-world situations (e.g. in a plasma processing environment)
  • Working with software and controls engineers to optimize performance and reliability


Required skills:

  • MSEE or equivalent and >10yrs experience in a power electronics-related field
  • Experience with design and/or testing of high power (>1kW) power conversion systems
  • Broad professional objectives:  deep knowledge in power electronics with interests and curiosity in the adjacent fields of software, digital electronics, controls, physics
  • Experience and interest with system and circuit simulation tools (e.g. MATLAB, Simulink, SPICE, etc.)
  • Strong theoretical background in electronics
  • Interest and experience in testing power electronics (e.g. network analyzers, oscilloscopes, power meters)
  • Basic understanding of control system theory
  • Good writing skills (proposals, specifications, test reports, engineering analyses, etc.)
  • Excellent organizational skills a must
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment with purchasing, manufacturing engineering, etc.

 We are interested in a qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we will not sponsor employment visas.  


Globally, our policy is to recruit individuals from wide and diverse backgrounds.  However, for positions requiring access to export-controlled goods and technical data that are subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR), MKS Instruments. Inc. may have to obtain an export license from the U.S. Government. As such, applicants for these positions, except “U.S. persons” (generally defined as U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (e.g., Green Card holders)), and individuals who is granted status as a “protected person” under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), such as refugees and asylees, may be subject to an export license review process. Employment is contingent upon issuance of the license.

MKS Instruments, Inc. is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer. We solicit and hire applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected category. Our policy is to employ the most qualified applicants. We conduct background checks and drug screens, in accordance with company policies and federal and state guidelines.


Posted: 2021-04-05 Expires: 2021-05-05

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