Silicon Photonic Design Lead


Horseheads, NY, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: IT
  • Post Date: 02/09/2021
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  • Company Address: 100 Chelmsford Street, Lowell, MA, 01851


MACOM designs and manufactures semiconductor products for Data Center, Telecommunication and Industrial and Defense applications.

Job Description

Headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, MACOM is certified to the ISO9001 international quality standard and ISO14001 environmental management standard. MACOM has multiple design centers, Si, GaAs and InP fabrication, manufacturing, assembly and test, and operational facilities throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In addition, MACOM offers foundry services that represents a key core competency within our business. The foundry provides access to, and control of our broad range of proprietary technologies in an asset light, cost effective structure. 

MACOM sells and distributes products globally via a sales channel comprised of a direct field sales force, authorized sales representatives and leading industry distributors. Our sales team is trained across all of our products to give our customers insights into our entire portfolio.

Our global organization of skilled engineers is driven every day to solve the world’s most demanding wireless and wireline application challenges. We’re proud of our more than sixty years’ of hands-on experience designing and building analog semiconductor technology across the RF to Light spectrum.

Silicon Photonic Design Lead

Job Description:

Our team develops silicon photonics products for the data center market using foundry PDKs and custom developed and optimized components. Candidate must be experienced in silicon photonics circuit design, validation and Characterization.  Familiarity with foundry PDKs and approach to working with a foundry, balancing multiple tape-outs on an aggressive schedule while meeting design rules and minimizing project risk is required. Must be able to drive and develop simulation and test plans and methodology for cutting edge, high performance transceivers. Manager will lead silicon photonic design team, execute on the development plans and be disciplined in managing complex validation and characterization schedules and deliverables.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the SiPh design team in Horseheads, NY
  • Manage the team of engineers and scientists that design and characterize SiPh ICs for data communication products
  • Lead multiple SiPh tapeouts working with our foundry partners
  • Investigate and lead the design of new SiPh optical building blocks
  • Develop/Maintain full documentation of all product and test chip designs
  • Provide technical support for customer engagement: e.g. spec. development and subsequent validation
  • Help in generating performance requirements and product definitions for MACOM’s SiPh ICs
  • Ongoing team development and new hire identification to grow SiPh design team

Job Qualifications:

  • 5+ Years of SiPh design experience
  • PhD in SiPh or physics.
  • Managerial experience required
  • Have a solid background in Silicon Photonic optical circuit design
  • Possess routine familiarity with design tools like Lumerical FDTD, Silvaco and Zemax
  • Develop system loss budgets based on modeled and measured results
  • Possess a basic familiarity with the Linux OS
  • Data analysis/statistical analysis
  • Ability to program in Python
  • Understanding of Semiconductor processing


Other Special Skills:

  • Ability to process large test data sets to pull out and present component data

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