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The primary role is to design, analyze and develop software and/or digital hardware for the purpose of controlling RF power delivery systems. The person must be able to operate independently with minimal supervision in a fast-paced, dynamic, highly technical environment and work on multiple concurrent cross-functional projects.


  • Work with team members and customers to develop new ideas and strategies for controlling generator power and frequency and plasma properties to meet or exceed the desired customer metrics.

  • Design, implement, troubleshoot and support control system electronics/software for RF power delivery systems and/or subsystems (i.e. high-power switching circuits).

  • Produce design documentation when required.

  • Participate in firmware design reviews and recommend improvements.

  • Develop electrical hardware and software designs that meet various technical, financial, geometric and other design constraints using some combination of modeling, simulation, prototyping, testing, analysis, etc.

  • Support new technology development initiatives and other critical projects.

  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form, critical technical information regarding electronic and electrical system design and performance.

  • Interface with product engineering and other cross-functional teams as required.

  • Analyze and troubleshoot application issues in a timely fashion, often at a customer site.


  • BS in Electrical or Computer Engineering and 4+ years of experience required

  • Experience with High Gate Count FPGAs required

  • VHDL programming experience with FPGAs required

  • Experience with IP Core integration into FPGAs required

  • Experience with FPGA synthesis, mapping to target FPGA devices and timing analysis required.

  • Experience in communications and signal processing background desired.

    Experience with high-speed communication interfaces desired.

  • Experience with embedded microprocessors required.

  • Experience developing FPGA test benches for test/validation purposes desired.

  • Experience with C++ Object Oriented Design principles is required.

  • Experience with ARM Processors is desired.

  • Experience with Dual-Core Asymmetric Multi-processor concept is desired.

  • Experience with Python is desired.

  • Familiar with Xilinx Development Tools (ISE Design Suite, Vivado Design Suite, and System Generator for DSP) desired.

  • Hands-on laboratory experience is critical and required.Specifically experience with Logic Analyzers and Oscilloscopes is vital.

  • Familiarity with MATLAB and Simulink (HDL Coder) is desired.

  • Experience with configuration management tools (Perforce) desired.

  • Experience with Atlassian tools (Jira, Confluence) desired.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.


  • Domestic & international travel.

  • Ability to support last-minute travel.

  • Occasional work hour flexibility to accommodate international conferencing and deadlines.

  • MKS Instruments, Inc. is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer. We solicit and hire applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected category. Our policy is to employ the most qualified applicants. We conduct background checks and drug screens, in accordance with company policies and federal and state guidelines.

    Associated topics: application developer, backend, back end, c/c++, design, php, programming, project architect, software architect, software engineer lead

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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