Network Hardware Design Engineer – Facebook

Facebook was built to help people connect and share, and over the last decade our tools have played a critical part in changing how people around the world communicate with one another. With over a billion people using the service and more than fifty offices around the globe, a career at Facebook offers countless ways to make an impact in a fast growing organization. Driven by our rapid growth, Facebook is looking to take advantage of the efficiencies gained by optimizing our network hardware specifically for our data centers. This hardware will be designed using cutting edge technologies, reliable, efficient, easy to maintain, and inexpensive. Facebook is looking for a world-class network hardware design engineer. This is a full time position within the Hardware Engineering group, located in our Menlo Park office.

The Hardware Engineering team designs and builds the compute and storage servers, racks, and networking devices that power the Facebook social network, deployed in hyper-efficient datacenters worldwide. These designs are published through the OpenCompute foundation at This is a rare opportunity to join our team and help us build the world’s most open and efficient networking platforms! Design high performance 10G/40G Switches and/or other network hardware solutions from pizza boxes to large chassis covering the application space from ToR to Backbone switches.

Define system architecture, design, and specifications.

Perform schematics design/review and PCB placement.

Perform guided routing studies, layout design with CAD engineers, and review CAD work.

Work with Signal Integrity engineers on signal integrity simulations.

Perform system bring-up, qualification, and debug.

Perform high speed signal verification and link optimization.

Engage with vendors to ensure the product meets specs as it moves from prototype to production.

Define overall interconnection architecture from various systems to/from the network system.

Engage with network software team to design and integrate Facebook network software to ensure proper functionality and performance.

Engage cross-functional team to ensure an optimized mechanical and thermal design.

Engage deployments team to ensure smooth product introduction. Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering required (higher degree is preferred)

Minimum of 7 years of experience in high-speed network board and system design.

Strong track record of driving the development of high-speed networking hardware gear from design to production. This should include schematics entry, PCB layout interface, SI interface, and manufacturing interface.

Extensive experience with signal integrity analysis as a board designer.

Extensive experience with bring-up and debug for high speed signaling.

Understanding of Gigabit Ethernet (1/10/40/100GbE), PCI-E, optical interconnects, WAN interface technologies, and other cutting edge network protocols.

Understanding of safety codes, standards and industry best practices.

Detail oriented communication and documentation skills.

Familiar with hardware testing methodologies and have a hands on approach when testing.

Knowledge of Linux and basic scripting.

Demonstrated track record of innovative and independent thought leadership.

Ability to program FPGA and glue logic, ability to perform network protocol compliance testing, and a working knowledge of the Silicon Photonics theory are preferred but not required. EOE Race-Ethniticy/Gender/Protected Veterans/Individuals with a Disability