System Software Applications Engineer Optical Products

Job Locations
TWN-Hsinchu City
Software Engineering
Full Time


The candidate filling this position needs to be an experienced systems/application software engineer with extensive optical transceiver knowledge in software areas. The main job function includes:

  • Support reference design software porting, integration, and debugging
  • Support generates reference code, application note, and user guide
  • Support system validation and customer evaluation
  • Secure design wins in tier-1 customers and manage strategic partner accounts
  • Work with global FAEs to support customers
  • Provide direct software integration/debug support to tier-1 customers and strategic partners. This requires up to 20% of travel to customer sites in Taiwan and other regions
  • Support internal host SW development work including API driver and tool development
  • Provide necessary support on ATE test development using Python. LabVIEW is an optional requirement
  • Teamwork to support tier-1 customers on critical system items
  • Conduct internal software training for the field applications team and external training for customers
  • Collect market and competitor information for marketing analysis; Collect customer’s software and system requirements
  • Generate application notes and test reports
  • Supports interoperation testing of data center switches and optical transceiver


  • BS/MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering
  • Minimum of 4 years experience developing optical transceiver products in C/C++
  • Extensive knowledge of optical transceiver products at the system and application level. MSA/CMIS knowledge is a plus
  • Ability to develop ATE SW (based on Python) for transceiver tests is highly desired
  • Familiarity with test equipment operation: Digital Communication Analyzer (DCA), optical/electrical clock recovery (CDR), protocol analyzers, Ethernet traffic generators, 100G/400G/800G switches, BER testers and spectrum analyzers, signal generators, etc.
  • Experience in Ethernet/InfiniBand switch development/debugging is highly desired
  • Previous experience supporting high-volume IC products

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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