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-

 

Manufacturing Manager

Job Description

  • The primary role of the Manufacturing Manager is to lead all Wafer production operations. The Manufacturing Manager is accountable and responsible for managing departmental safety, environmental controls, development of production employees, plant production including quality, cycle-time and cost.

Job Responsibilities

  • Set-up the initial manufacturing structure, flow, processes and procedures.
  • Set-up initial capacity modeling.
  • Set-up initial planning.
  • Manage operations ensuring consistent output and with continuous improvement toward key department metrics (Safety, Quality, Cost, Productivity, Cycletime and 5S)
  • Manage performance and development of the production team.
  • Assure operators are trained and process protocols are being followed.
  • Work with Process and equipment engineering staff on yield, tool uptime and utilization.
  • Plan staffing requirements in support of business objectives.
  • Support R&D as a customer for product/process development.
  • Pro-actively ensure Quality System compliance.

Candidate Qualifications

  • BS Degree or higher in Industrial Engineering or Technical Field is a plus.
  • 5 – 10 years manufacturing leadership experience.
  • 5 years or more in Semiconductor manufacturing management experience.
  • Experience in 5S implementation.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Green Card holder.
  • Strong data analysis skills required.
  • Strong problem-solving skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required.
  • Good working knowledge of Excel and project management.
  • Good working knowledge of capacity modeling.
  • Good understanding of 5S.

Job Location:  Syracuse, New York

Job Requisition Number:  NY-