Principal RF/MS IC Design Engineer

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RF/Analog/Mixed-Signal Engineering
Full Time


Join MaxLinear and you will work closely with a world-class team of IC designers to design high-performance ICs with RF, analog, mixed-signal and digital systems integrated on a single chip. In the Principal role, you will:

  • Define architectures based on high-level specifications
  • Lead design, implementation, and verification of RF and mixed-signal circuits on an SOC
  • Collaborate with system and product design teams to optimize circuits and system specification trade-offs
  • Work closely with various cross functional teams to arrive at best possible solution
  • Characterize and debug relevant blocks and systems
  • Analyze the effects of non-idealities on circuit performance
  • Report the results of IC design, analysis and evaluation


  • Strong knowledge of RF/Mixed-signal circuits, with ability to drive architecture and topology choices
  • In-depth understanding of Mixed-signal circuit blocks such as ADCs, DACs, PLLs
  • Strong knowledge of circuit blocks such as RF blocks like LNAs, Mixers and VCOs
  • Ability to drive chip level specifications for matching, signal path, spurious analysis, frequency planning
  • You must have familiarity with wireless or wireline communication specifications and derivation of block-level requirements from these high-level specifications
  • Solid understanding of CMOS process and device physics
  • Working knowledge of RF/analog layout techniques. Familiarity to FINFET layout is a plus
  • Hands-on experience testing your own designs in the lab and define production test requirements
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • BS in Electrical Engineering + 10 years of experience, MSEE + 8 years of experience or Ph.D. + 4 years of experience

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive Salary Package
  • Stock-based compensation
  • Private Medical Insurance 
  • Life Insurance 

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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