Principal / Senior Principal RF/MS IC Design Engineer

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RF/Analog/Mixed-Signal Engineering
Full Time


MaxLinear is seeking a Principal / Senior Principal RF/MS IC Design Engineer to join our growing team. In this role, you will focus on the following:

  • Work with a team of IC designers and systems engineers to design, implement, and verify high-performance Analog and mixed-signal circuits for MaxLinear’s next-generation products
  • Responsible for interfacing with communications systems, layout, SoC, operation, marketing, etc., during various phases of the product development cycle
  • Provide hands-on technical leadership, influencing key strategic and architectural decisions in their team
  • Involvement in mentoring some of the best engineers in the industry
  • Debug issues, collaborate with cross-functional teams, taking IC to volume production


  • Strong technical background with industry experience in at least one of the following areas: analog/mixed-signal circuits for wireline applications or SERDES (data converters, serializer, de-serializer, filters, analog front-end, e.g., CTLE, VGA, amplifiers, etc.) and/or frequency synthesis and clock generation circuits (crystal oscillators, DLLs, integer-N and fractional-N PLLs)
  • IC tapeout and productization experience, including customer-facing support
  • Hands-on experience supporting the characterization and release-to-production
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of relevant specifications and how they relate to block-level specifications
  • Experience with industry-standard simulation and design tools, such as AFS, Spectre, SpectreRF, Virtuoso, and Matlab
  • Show a clear understanding of fundamental concepts and design tradeoffs within your area of expertise
  • Solid understanding of CMOS process and device physics; experience with FinFET is a significant advantage
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required
  • BS in Electrical Engineering or related + 9 years of experience, or MS + 7 years of experience, or Ph.D. + 4 years of experience

Compensation and Benefits

MaxLinear has a Total Compensation philosophy which includes base salary and annual discretionary bonus eligibility and many positions also include stock-based compensation.


MaxLinear expects to offer a starting base salary within the range of:  CA$153,600 to CA$230,000 Annually


We offer competitive benefits designed to support employee health, welfare, and retirement and some highlights are:  extended health, RRSP matching savings plan, paid time off, and a hybrid work schedule.


The actual starting base salary will be determined by the match to certain role-related criteria such as educational degree(s) or equivalent, relevant work experience, skillset needed for the role, and geographic location; this is not an all-inclusive list as some roles may require unique skills or experience.


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on race, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.

Company Overview

MaxLinear is a global, NASDAQ-traded company (MXL) where the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. We are a fabless system-on-chip product company, striving to improve the world’s communication networks for everyone through our highly integrated radio-frequency (RF), analog, digital, and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for access and connectivity, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multi-market applications.


We hire the best people in the industry and engage them in some of the most exciting opportunities that connect the world we live in today. Our growth has come from innovative, bold approaches to solving some of the world’s most challenging communication technology problems in the most efficient and effective manner.


MaxLinear began by developing the world’s first high-performance TV tuner chip using standard CMOS process technology. Others said we couldn’t achieve the extremely high-performance requirements using CMOS, but we proved them wrong and achieved enduring global market leadership with our designs. Since then, we’ve developed a full line of products that drive 4G and 5G infrastructure; enable data center, metro and long-haul optical interconnects; bring 10Gbit to the home; power the IoT revolution; and enable robust and reliable communication in harsh industrial environments. Over the years, we’ve expanded through organic growth and through several acquisitions that have perfectly complemented our existing portfolio and enabled us to deliver complete end-to-end solutions in our target markets. One such example was the acquisition of Intel’s Home Gateway Platform Division that added Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and Broadband Gateway Processor SoC technology to our connected home portfolio creating a complete and scalable platform of connectivity and access solutions to fully address our customers’ needs.


Our headquarters are in Carlsbad, near San Diego, California. We also have major design centers in Irvine and San Jose, California; Waltham, Massachusetts; Vancouver, Canada; Valencia, Spain; Bangalore and Chennai, India; Villach, Austria; Munich, Germany; Israel; and Singapore.


We have approximately 1,500 employees, a substantial majority of whom have engineering degrees and include masters and Ph.D. graduates from many of the premiere universities around the world. Our employees thrive on innovation, outstanding execution, outside-the-box thinking, nimbleness, and collaboration. Together, we form a high-energy business team that is focused on building the best and most innovative products on the market.


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