Principal RF Hardware Design Engineer
National Instrument, Inc.

Santa Rosa, California


The NI's RF R/D Team is seeking to hire an experienced to work on high frequency RF Products. The primary responsibilities of this position are to work with the engineering teams to define, document, design, deploy and sustain NI products tailored to meet specific customer requirements for engineering solutions. The ideal candidate has experience and knowledge regarding RF circuit, RFIC and system level design.

This is a multi-functional role dealing with diverse engineering needs, including the ability to gather requirements, generate specification documents, and interface with manufacturing partners, meet with product planning and internal personnel to design, deploy and sustain solutions worldwide.

The Principal RF Design Engineer position is a high visibility role within NI. This is a hand's on multi-functional role dealing with diverse engineering skills needed to support deployed custom solutions worldwide.

Job Responsibilities

  • Uses high frequency design tools to design and to simulate RF, microwave circuits, mmWave RFIC, and complete system products.

  • Awareness of and experience with RF hardware development

  • Defining and implementing project plans, managing milestones and holding reviews to assure systems meet requirements and readiness for deployment

  • Lifecycle management of product under development

  • Owning and implementing individual technical project deliverables, guiding technical decisions and driving field found issues to resolution


  • Traveling as needed (possibly up to 10%) domestically and abroad in support of project objectives

    Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering Discipline

  • MSc and/or PhD is a benefit

  • Minimum 7 years relevant industry experience in an RF IC Design Role or a RF Hardware Circuit Design Role.

  • Strong understanding of electrical engineering, electronics and RF principles - knowledge of microwave modeling tools (Microwave Office, AXiEM, CST, ADS, HFSS)

  • Proficient knowledge of schematic capture tools (Mentor Graphics, Cadence, Altium)


  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands on use of microwave modeling tools

  • 5+ years of experience in RF Board Level design or RFIC design

  • Understanding of EM Simulation, Data Analysis and Presentation

  • Demonstrated understanding of the following concepts and principles:
  • Sources of R F measurement error

  • Appropriate selection of instrumentation and equipment

  • Integration of hardware and software

  • Grounding and shielding principles

  • Familiar with schematic capture tools

  • Intimately familiar with VNA, Vector Signal Generator and Spectrum Analyzer measurements experience

  • RF System design and debug experience in a large-scale production or lab environment

  • Demonstrated ability to:
  • Effectively interact and communicate with customers

  • Work effectively in a diverse, multi-cultural group development environment

  • Problem-solve effectively - diagnose technical issues and propose reasonable solutions

  • Take initiative, be a self-starter, and work independently

  • Persistently drive tasks and lead projects to successful completion

  • Quickly learn applicable technology, systems, and products

  • Strong problem-solving skills, work ethic, and drive to succeed


  • NI is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status. We are committed to inclusion and diversity

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