NexGen Careers

Company Overview

NexGen Power Systems designs and manufactures gallium nitride (GaN) power transistors for the $4.8B high-voltage (1200 V) power transistor market. GaN makes transistors that are 10 times faster than silicon (Si) power devices enabling economically significant improvements in sophisticated power systems in their physical size, cost and efficiency. GaN offers a quantum leap over Si in power management performance and has significant cost, performance and reliability advantages. Applications for GaN transistors include server power supplies for Data Centers, Motor Drives, Electric Cars and Solar Inverters.

NexGen Power Systems is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. It builds the GaN power devices in a state-of-the-art fabrication facility located in Syracuse, New York.

Manager, Process Integration

 Job Description

  • In this role you will be responsible for process module development, qualification and manufacturing in etch & cleans area.
  • The individual must be self-motivated with very little need for management. Startup environment requires this individual to be hard working and flexible in supporting moving wafers through the fab.

Job Responsibilities

  • Bring up tools by working with equipment engineering and vendors.
  • Develop etch & cleans processes that meet device operation requirements.
  • Implement inline metrology of process modules.
  • Transfer process know-how to manufacturing by creating SOPs and training fab operators.
  • Perform SPC reviews of inline metrics.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Material Science or related field.
  • Prior hands-on experience with dry etcher (Plasmatherm preferred), wet etching and cleans.
  • Hands-on experience with CD measurement tools and profilometers.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in a similar job function.
  • Prior experience with GaN is desired but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in manufacturing environment.
  • Experienced in SPC, DOE and FMEAs.

Job Location:  Syracuse, New York

 

MTS, Product Engineering

Job Description

  • NexGen Power Systems is seeking a motivated engineer to lead the Product Engineering team for a new generation of power semiconductor devices based on GaN.
  • You will work closely with process integration, module, device, and applications teams to improve device performance and yield.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage the Product Development Process bringing products from conception to the production release
  • Manage reliability test plans for new products, including sample testing during prototyping phase and full qualification during production release
  • Develop and execute characterization plans for new products
  • Define production test limit and datasheet specifications based on characterization data. Compare data to target specifications and formulate approaches to achieve a match between target performance and measured unit performance at production release
  • Develop and document procedures for advanced reliability tests, such as high voltage stress
  • Work with Applications Engineering on customer-related issues
  • Lead failure analysis investigations using structure problem-solving methods to engage a cross-functional team to diagnose, resolve, and prevent future problems

Candidate Qualifications

  • BS degree in electrical engineering or physics. MS/PhD preferred.
  • 5+ years product and/or failure analysis experience in semiconductor devices and integrated circuits, power device (e.g. IGBT) experience preferred
  • Knowledge of common failure analysis techniques and tools including sample preparation, FIB/SEM, X-Ray, cross sectioning, emission microscopy, and material analysis EDX/FTIR/Auger/Raman spectroscopy
  • Strong competence in high voltage, power supply circuits, buck/boost converters
  • Hands-on experience evaluating/characterizing power semiconductor devices
  • Experience with structured problem solving methods (e.g. 8D, 5 why)
  • Experience with Design of Experiments, statistics for manufacturing engineering,
  • Experience with statistical analysis software such as JMP, Tableau, etc
  • Programming experience, such as Matlab, Python, JSL, Labview, is a plus
  • Team player
  • Good oral and written communications skills

Job Location:  Syracuse, New York

 

Principal Device Engineer

Job Description

  • The individual will be responsible for device design and optimization for GaN vertical power devices to meet market requirements.
  • The individual must be self-motivated with ability to handle a fast-paced startup environment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Device structural design coordinated with integration engineering.
  • Simulation of device electrical performance, as well as thermal modeling.
  • Determination of process manufacturing tolerances based on simulations of typical structural variations.
  • Design and layout of test chips to verify electrical performance.
  • Test specifications for test structures.
  • Analysis of electrical characterization data and comparison to targets.
  • Incorporation of design for manufacturability and design for quality in the device design.
  • Work (as needed) with personnel at NexGen’s Syracuse fab and external foundry partners.

Candidate Qualifications

  • M.S./Ph.D. in Electrical Engineerin.
  • + >7 years’ experience in semiconductor device design, with a track record of successful release of devices to production.
  • Background in power semiconductor devices highly desired.
  • Prior experience with GaN is desired but not required.
  • Familiarity with common TCAD device simulation tools is required, as well as experience with layout tools.
  • Proficient in data analysis platform such as JMP.

Job Location:  Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number:  CA-012

 

Equipment Technician

Job Description

  • The individual will be responsible for various aspects of equipment maintenance of Nexgen’s fab.
  • The individual must be self-motivated with very little need for management. Startup environment requires this individual to be hard working and flexible in supporting the fab.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ability to perform, but not limited to, the following tasks.
  • Must be available to varying shift work including emergency on call.
  • Monitor tools and do repairs as necessary to keep tools running.
  • Perform maintenance on equipment.
  • Trouble shoot equipment failures.
  • Perform necessary PM

Candidate Qualifications

  • B.S. or A.S. degree or vocational training related to technical fields.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Understanding of electrical, mechanical and vacuum
  • Experience with MOCVD or epitaxy and fabrication equipment.
  • Ability to read and understand drawings and schematics is a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Job Location:  Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number:  NY- 022

 

Etch Process Engineer

Job Description

  • In this role you will be responsible for process module development, qualification and manufacturing in Etch area.
  • The individual must be self-motivated with very little need for management. Startup environment requires this individual to be hard working and flexible in supporting moving wafers through the fab.

Job Responsibilities

  • Bring up tools by working with equipment engineering and vendors.
  • Develop etch & cleans processes that meet device operation requirements.
  • Implement inline metrology of process modules.
  • Transfer process know-how to manufacturing by creating SOPs and training fab operators.
  • Perform SPC reviews of inline metrics.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Ph.D., M.S. or B.S in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Material Science or related field.
  • Prior hands-on experience with dry etcher (Plasmatherm preferred), wet etching and cleans.
  • Hands-on experience with CD measurement tools and profilometers.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in a similar job function.
  • Prior experience with GaN is desired but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in manufacturing environment.
  • Experienced in SPC, DOE and FMEAs.

Job Location:  Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number:  NY-

 

Facility Technician

Job Description

  • The individual will be responsible for various aspects of facility systems and subsystems of Nexgen’s fab.
  • The individual must be self-motivated with very little need for management. Startup environment requires this individual to be hard working and flexible in supporting the fab.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ability to perform, but not limited to, the following tasks.
  • Must be available to varying shift work including emergency on call.
  • Monitor systems and do repairs as necessary to keep systems running.
  • Basic maintenance on equipment (grease, change filters, clean, etc.)
  • Trouble shoot mechanical systems.

Candidate Qualifications

  • A.S. degree or vocational training related to technical fields.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Understanding of electrical, mechanical and HVAC is a plus.
  • Experience or training in BMS/FMS computer animated systems is a plus.
  • Experience with facility systems and subsystems is a plus.
  • Ability to read and understand drawings and schematics is a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Job Location:  Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number:  NY-

 

Failure Analysis Engineer

Job Description

  • The individual will be responsible for various aspects of failure analysis for Nexgen’s fab process and products.
  • The individual must be self-motivated with very little need for management. Startup environment requires this individual to be hard working and flexible in supporting the fab.

Job Responsibilities

  • Procure & bring-up FA tools at Syracuse facility.
  • Support fab tool bring up & process development by providing cross-sections and other FA efforts.
  • Interface with external FA labs to provide results in a timely manner.
  • Create FA reports and maintain FA database.

Candidate Qualifications

  • M.S. or B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Material Science or related field.
  • Hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of SEM, EDX, FIB and AFM tools.
  • Knowledge of other techniques like SIMS, CSAM, X-ray etc.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a similar job function.
  • Prior experience with GaN is desired but not required.
  • Ability to multi-task on various projects.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Job Location:  Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number:  NY-018

( Full Time/Part Time )

Photolithography Process Engineer

Job Description

  • In this role you will be responsible for process module development, qualification and manufacturing in photo area.

  • The individual must be self-motivated with very little need for management. Startup environment requires this individual to be hard working and flexible in supporting moving wafers through the fab.

Job Responsibilities

  • Bring up tools by working with equipment engineering and vendors.
  • Develop photo processes that meet device operation requirements.
  • Implement inline metrology of process modules.
  • Transfer process know-how to manufacturing by creating SOPs and training fab operators.
  • Perform SPC reviews of inline metrics.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Ph.D., M.S. or B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Material Science or related field.
  • Prior hands-on experience with DUV, ASML i-line steppers and CD measurement tools.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a similar job function.
  • Prior experience with GaN is desired but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in manufacturing environment.
  • Experienced in SPC, DOE and FMEAs.

Job Location:  Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number:  NY-

Process Engineer-Backend

Job Description

  • NexGen Power Systems is seeking a motivated engineer to develop backend wafer processes including wafer thinning, ohmic contacts and low kerf dicing.

  • You will work closely with product engineering, assembly,and device,teams, and with outsource service providers, to develop and qualify manufacturing processes integral to achieving high performance power transistors.

Job Responsibilities

  • Development of novel ohmic contact metallurgies
  • Design and implementation of wafer handling fixturing and tools for thin (100 um) GaN wafers
  • Optimizaiton of high volume laser dicing processes
  • Qualification f tools and materials for backgrinding and polishing of GaN wafers
  • Qualification and project management of outsource service providers
  • Documentation and traceability of critical manufacturing processes
  • Work closely with Device and Wafer Fab Engineering to achieve
  • Work with Assembly Engineering on package development

Candidate Qualifications

  • Minimum BS in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or Physics. MS/PhD is desired.
  • The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of semiconductor process experience preferably with wide bandgap semiconductors, e.g. GaN, SiC.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management abilities. Able to work to aggressive schedules.
  • Proactive approach to problem identification and solving. Can participate in and drive teams to root cause identification and creative solutions.
  • Strong competence in high voltage/high current equipment construction and operation
  • Experience with structured problem solving methods (e.g. 8D, 5 why)
  • Experience with Design of Experiments, statistics for manufacturing engineering,
  • Programming experience, such as Matlab, Python, JSL, Labview, is a plus
  • Team player
  • Good oral and written communications skills

Job Location: Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number: NY-

Facilities Manager

Job Description

  • The Facilities Manager will be responsible for inspecting, maintaining and repairing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems to ensure optimal operating results. The successful candidate will oversee the site’s facility operations, manage budget, improve operational cost, lead and development of staff, manage facilities and tools installation, manage janitorial duties, manage offices and conference rooms setup, all while remaining in compliance with local, state and federal regulations. Expect to wear multiple hats to support fab startup.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate system repairs and monitor system performance
  • Maintain adequate parts inventory and order items as necessary
  • Contract out landscaping and snow removal services
  • Oversee and supervise team of maintenance technicians
  • Execute equipment audits and record-taking policies
  • Coordinate with the Director of Capital Projects on the implementation of new building projects
  • Ensure compliance with all safety and security protocols

Candidate Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or related discipline or 15+ years in related industry
  • 5+ years’ experience in facilities management position
  • Strong understanding of control systems
  • Able to read and understand complex electrical, mechanical and automation systems
  • Working knowledge of electrical, mechanical and HVAC systems
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Impeccable verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent project management skill

Job Location: Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number: NY-

Metals and Films Process Engineer

Job Description

  • In this role you will be responsible for process module development, qualification and manufacturing in Metal evaporation and Films area.

  • The individual must be self-motivated with very little need for management. Startup environment requires this individual to be hard working and flexible in supporting moving wafers through the fab.

  • The individual is expected to wear multiple hats as this is a startup company.

Job Responsibilities

  • Bring up tools by working with equipment engineering and vendors.
  • Develop processes that meet device operation requirements.
  • Implement inline metrology forprocess modules.
  • Transfer process know-how to manufacturing by creating SOPs and training fab operators.
  • Perform SPC reviews of inline metrics.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Ph.D., M.S. or B.S in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Material Science or related field.
  • Prior hands-on experience withEvatec, PlasmathermPECVD and RTA a plus
  • Hands-on experience with CD measurement tools and profilometers.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a similar job function.
  • Prior experience with GaN is desired but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a start-up manufacturing environment.
  • Experienced in SPC, DOE and FMEAs.

Job Location: Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number: NY-

Procurement Specialist

Job Description

  • The Procurement Specialist is accountable for overseeing and managing multiple aspects of the purchasing of equipment and materials.

  • The individual must be self-motivated with very little need for management. Startup environment requires this individual to be hard working and flexible in supporting the fab.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with various departments to plan purchasing activities
  • Review orders, creating requisitions for purchased items and manage the approval process
  • Work with vendors and suppliers to get the best pricing possible and ensure that orders received adhere to supplier agreements and contracts
  • Track orders, confirm costs and anticipate delivery dates
  • Purchase a variety of materials, supplies, and equipment as required to the support daily business operations
  • Collaborate with vendors to ensure a positive working relationship: negotiate pricing and/or terms, and evaluate vendor performance
  • Study market prices and trends
  • Monitors stock levels
  • Act as liaison between suppliers and involved departments to resolve procurement related problems
  • Monitor supplier performance and take corrective action as necessary

Candidate Qualifications

  • BS in related fields or minimum of 8 years related industry experience
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating prices and terms and conditions
  • Experience placing POs of complexity and processing high volume POs across various departments
  • Experience in the development of cost estimating and cost control, budget development and reporting, and record/document control
  • Knowledge of market research, data analysis and purchasing best practices
  • A strong analytical mindset
  • Outstanding organizational and follow-up skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word

Job Location: Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number: NY-2019-009

Senior Manufacturing Specialist

Job Description

  • In this role of a Manufacturing Operator is to strictly comply with all safety guidelines and process specifications during the handling and processing wafers through the tool sets. To assist engineering by monitoring the process and equipment, reporting abnormalities and to assist in developing or modifying methods and procedures for optimum efficiency, schedule attainment, cost and yield.

Job Responsibilities

  • Strict compliance to all safety guidelines and process specifications.
  • Safely handle and transport wafers
  • Load/ Unload and operate process and measurement equipment
  • Accurately record data, document and communicate key information
  • Work as a team member with fellow operators and engineers
  • Assist in writing and maintaining operating procedures
  • Train newManufacturing Specialists
  • Implement 5S initiatives
  • Sustain continuous improvement initiatives in assigned workstation

Candidate Qualifications

  • 3-5 years prior semiconductor manufacturing experience
  • A team player that can take direction, assist others and effectively communicate.
  • A detail-oriented individual that can prioritize and multi-task effectively.
  • A self-motivated, conscientious individual able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Work a 12-hour compressed work schedule, in cleanroom environment
  • Able to stand for long periods and lift 15 pounds
  • Able to perform microscope inspections
  • Basic computer literacy to include MS Office
  • Knowledge of LEAN, 5S and/ or SPC is considered a plus

Job Location: Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number: NY-2019-013

Senior Principal MOCVD Engineer

Job Description

  • In this role, you will be responsible for MOCVD process development and sustaining.

  • The individual must be self-motivated with very little need for management. Startup environmentrequires this individual to be hard working and flexible in supporting moving wafers through the fab.

  • You will work closely with process integration, module and device team to improve device performance and yield.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for MOCVD process development, sustaining, characterization, operation and maintenance.
  • Develop GaN growth recipes that meet the requirements of device operation.
  • Perform characterization through various techniques (ECV, morphology scans etc).
  • Troubleshoot and fix any growth-related issues which caused yield or reliability.
  • Enable next generation device architectures through new growth recipes.
  • Transfer process know-how to manufacturing by creating SOPs and training fab operators.
  • Implement process monitoring through SPC.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Material Science or related field.
  • Hands-on MOCVD GaN growth and characterization expertise.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a similar job function.
  • Experience in project leadership roles with excellent oral and verbal communication skills.

Job Location: Syracuse, New York