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.

Director/Senior Manager of Finance

Job Description
  • We are seeking a highly motivated, results-oriented individual to join our growing Finance team! This is a high impact and high visibility role that will report directly to the CFO. The successful candidate needs to demonstrate a strong desire to succeed and grow professionally, an ability to learn quickly, strong analytical and communication skills. Expertise in analytical and complex financial modeling skills. Semiconductor experience is a plus.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the Company’s management, consolidation and reporting of its employee base, and operating and capital expenditures.
  • Maintain the Company’s consolidated business plan, with focus on sales funnel conversion, revenue forecast, unit costs and manufacturing overhead, and operating expenses.
  • Maintain the Company’s operating expense plan, with focus on labor costs and research and development. Improve forecast accuracy with trackers of key cost drivers, trend predictors, and increased detail of compensation and benefits calculations. Strong collaboration with business units for improvements on same.
  • Build/enhance all other consolidated management reporting, financial modeling and analysis to provide relevant and insightful information for key
  • decision making and improved forecast accuracy, including identification of optimization strategies, key trend indicators, variance analysis of big data.
  • Continuously improve all other consolidation procedures and controls, streamlining efforts for Finance team while increasing quality of data and communication of results.
  • Manage best practices and corporate governance over processes and data management, including collaboration tools and version control.
  • Contribute to design and deployment of Company’s ERP system.
  • Support all related monthly and quarter-end close processes, as well as ad-hoc projects and analysis, including related to new Company initiatives, fundraising, business development or other transactions.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Finance or Accounting preferred with 5-10 years of progressive Finance experience with 5+ years in Corporate FP&A or equivalent. Semiconductor experience a plus.
  • Very strong experience crafting financial models, including use of database manipulation. Advanced Microsoft Excel skills required.
  • Experience in ERP deployment highly desired.
  • Consistent track record of solid business judgement and decision-making with ability to plan effectively and execute timely to deadlines.
  • Detailed orientated with the highest regard for accuracy and completeness.

Job Location:  Santa Clara, CA

Job Requisition Number:  CA-2019-007

 
 

Director/Senior Manager of Finance

Job Description
  • We are seeking a highly motivated, results-oriented individual to join our growing Finance team! This is a high impact and high visibility role that will report directly to the CFO. The successful candidate needs to demonstrate a strong desire to succeed and grow professionally, an ability to learn quickly, strong analytical and communication skills. Expertise in analytical and complex financial modeling skills. Semiconductor experience is a plus.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the Company’s management, consolidation and reporting of its employee base, and operating and capital expenditures.
  • Maintain the Company’s consolidated business plan, with focus on sales funnel conversion, revenue forecast, unit costs and manufacturing overhead, and operating expenses.
  • Maintain the Company’s operating expense plan, with focus on labor costs and research and development. Improve forecast accuracy with trackers of key cost drivers, trend predictors, and increased detail of compensation and benefits calculations. Strong collaboration with business units for improvements on same.
  • Build/enhance all other consolidated management reporting, financial modeling and analysis to provide relevant and insightful information for key
  • decision making and improved forecast accuracy, including identification of optimization strategies, key trend indicators, variance analysis of big data.
  • Continuously improve all other consolidation procedures and controls, streamlining efforts for Finance team while increasing quality of data and communication of results.
  • Manage best practices and corporate governance over processes and data management, including collaboration tools and version control.
  • Contribute to design and deployment of Company’s ERP system.
  • Support all related monthly and quarter-end close processes, as well as ad-hoc projects and analysis, including related to new Company initiatives, fundraising, business development or other transactions.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Finance or Accounting preferred with 5-10 years of progressive Finance experience with 5+ years in Corporate FP&A or equivalent. Semiconductor experience a plus.
  • Very strong experience crafting financial models, including use of database manipulation. Advanced Microsoft Excel skills required.
  • Experience in ERP deployment highly desired.
  • Consistent track record of solid business judgement and decision-making with ability to plan effectively and execute timely to deadlines.
  • Detailed orientated with the highest regard for accuracy and completeness.

Job Location:  Syracuse, NY

Job Requisition Number:  CA-2019-007

 
 

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 Engineering.
  • >7 years of 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:  Santa Clara, CA

Job Requisition Number:  CA-2020-001

 
 

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 Engineering.
  • >7 years of 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, NY

Job Requisition Number: CA-2020-001

 
 

Process Engineering Manager/Director

Job Description
  • The individual will be responsible for various aspects of technology development including unit process development, process sustaining and process integration.
  • 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

  • Establishing, measuring, and improving metrics for individual process modules including process objective specification, electrical performance and process control metrics.
  • Interface with equipment engineering, management and manufacturing teams to improve cycle time, tool availability, process and product yield.
  • Transfer process know-how to manufacturing by creating SOPs and training fab operators.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Material Science or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a similar job function.
  • Understanding of device physics.
  • Prior hands-on fab experience is a must.
  • Prior experience with GaN is desired but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in manufacturing environment.
  • Proficient in data analysis platform such as JMP.

Job Location: Syracuse, NY

Job Requisition Number: NY-2019-037

 
 

Staff 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 Engineering.
  • >3 years of 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: Santa Clara, CA

Job Requisition Number: NY-2019-012

 
 

Staff 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 Engineering.
  • >3 years of 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, NY

Job Requisition Number: NY-2019-012

 
 

Test Engineer

Job Description
  • NexGen Power Systems is seeking a motivated engineer on the Test Engineering team for a new generation of power semiconductor devices based on GaN.
  • You will work closely with product engineering, module, device, and applications teams to characterize new products and maintain production test capabilities for in support of volume shipments.

Job Responsibilities

  • Operation and maintenance of test hardware and software for the characterization of GaN power semiconductor devices and circuits.
  • Implementation, correlation, and release of reliable test solutions in support of production ramps.
  • Design and procurement of custom probe cards which can operate in a high voltage environment.
  • Specification, design, and implementation of custom test environments to verify device operation to data sheet specifications.
  • Development of test solutions for power semiconductor components (1500V/30A) which meet all applicable safety requirements for both operator and equipment.
  • Clean and well-commented code constructs.
  • Develop and document procedures for advanced reliability test, such as high voltage stress.
  • Test efficiency – is the implemented test time within the allotted test time budget target?
  • Work closely with Product Engineering to achieve continuous improvement of the test environment as measured by reduction in the test time and yield improvement.
  • Work with Applications Engineering on customer-related issues.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Minimum BS in Electrical Engineering or Physics. MS/PHD is desired.
  • The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of semiconductor product test experience preferably with IGBT or other semiconductor power devices and circuits.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • 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.
  • Program experience, such as Matlab, Python, JSL LA is a plus.
  • Team player.

Job Location: Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number: NY-2019-038

 
 

Program Manager

Job Description
  • Self-driven and self-sufficient.
  • Detail oriented with excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Able to manage conflict without losing perspective.
  • Able to blow the whistle on the team when necessary.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop, maintain and manage the micro-schedule for the FinFET Development NTP program (Launch to Production Transfer)
  • Coordinate with Process Engineering and Integration teams (Syracuse and Santa Clara) to effectively manage the details of the project schedule
  • Highlight all issues with the team as soon as they become known. Suggest (but demand) corrective actions wherever needed
  • Conduct periodic meetings with the various stakeholders so as to manage the NTP schedule on a daily basis
  • Update Management of project status on a weekly basis. If schedule slips occur that cannot be mitigated, create standard slip report and distribute to all stakeholders (including Executive Management) immediately
  • Note: This position will require frequent trips to the Syracuse facility for face to face meetings with all team members

Candidate Qualifications

  • Expert with Microsoft Project
  • Experience managing programs from start (idea) to finish (production transfer)
  • Technology background (enough to understand how to manage our project).
  • Capable of seeing through unbridled optimism and creating a realistic schedule.
  • Good leadership skills so as to gain respect of team members.

Job Location: Santa Clara, California

Job Requisition Number: CA-2019-025

 
 

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 new Manufacturing 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-2020-005R

 
 

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 environment requires 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: Santa Clara, CA