Principal, Optical Design for Reliability Engineer – Inphi Corporation – Santa Clara, CA

Principal, Optical Design for Reliability Engineer
Inphi Corporation
Santa Clara, CA 95054

We are looking for a talented Principal Product Qualification Engineer who will own product qualification for optical components and modules, monitor qualification execution at subcontractors, and support special reliability testing activities and the ongoing reliability program. The candidate will report to the Senior Manager of Qualification and Reliability.


Generate product qualification plans for optical components and transceiver modules, and drive robust execution of qualification testing at subcontractors.

Communicate qualification plans, status, results to Inphi customers.

Define the requirements for the qualification hardware (HTOL/bDH board etc.) and interface with the sub-contractor and test / product engineering groups for design of the same

Lead Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) process for new optics products and collaborate with design/package engineering teams to proactively address product reliability risks

Write internal and customer-facing product qualification reports

Work with cross-functional teams and in a matrix management organization

Periodic travel between offices in Westlake Village and Santa Clara required.

Occasional travel to assembly sites in Asia


MS or higher in electrical engineering or related field

10+ years’ experience in product qualification and reliability of photonic components (including lasers, detectors, modulators), optical sub-assemblies and modules

Deep knowledge of semiconductor optical components, including III-V (InGaAs, InP) devices and their failure modes

Expert knowledge of Telcordia GR-468 and various other product qualification requirements for optical components in telecommunications markets.

In-depth knowledge of semiconductor stress testing methodology (HTOL, DH, TC, HTS, ESD, LU etc.), standards and requirements

Must possess excellent communication skills both oral and written.

Interpersonal skills as well as strong planning and organization skills and ability to multi-task

Must be able to work independently

Experience with failure analysis is a plus

Experience with reliability data analysis and software tools is a plus

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