Teardown Research Engineer
Cirrus Logic
Austin, TX

About $67,000 - $90,000 a year

EducationSkills
This position is responsible for performing product teardowns and competitive analysis. Reverse engineer the latest electronic gadgets to determine sub-system and IC functions and collect measurement data to determine key behavior and characteristics. Provide a complete analysis of the overall system, subsystems, and specific IC’s, for electronic devices in categories such as smartphones, tablets, hearable, wearables, smart home, and automotive infotainment.

Responsibilities:
Reverse engineer detailed product information by identifying areas of interest, selecting appropriate analytical techniques and evaluating results
Compose and perform innovative test experiments to determine system and IC performance
Work closely with subject matter experts in Systems, Design, and Marketing teams to analyze results to determine relevance to internal developments
Deliver comprehensive assessments of electronic, electro-mechanical, and mechanical sub-systems and components in a product, including diagrams for system connectivity and circuit schematics where possible
Assess product architectures and provide reasoning for design choices
Provide material lists, including estimated passive component and IC costs/pricing
Assess competitive IC’s capabilities and physical analysis for analog/digital/memory structures
Provide HW/FW/SW interaction analysis, algorithm functional analysis, and protocol analysis
Develop equipment and techniques for the analysis of new devices and technologies; perform experimental research to find and define solutions
Engage external data sources/services/contractors or outsource functions as required
Produce reports and build competitive database
Keep up with news about competitors and new electronics products/technology
Communicate ideas and specifications to technical audiences
Autonomously manage task list and competing priorities
Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

BS in Electrical Engineering with 3+ years of experience reverse engineering devices and circuits with lab experience in system and device-level functional testing
Experience with multiple applications/technology used in electronic products such as audio, autofocus and optical image stabilization, voice coil or other motor drive/control, MEMS, inertial/light/pressure/magnetic/touch/force/temperature sensors, haptics, wireless radios/protocols, USB or other complex serial bus protocols, etc.
Strong analytical problem-solving skills and optimistic attitude to addressing challenges
Exceptional written and verbal communication and presentation skills, with the ability to succinctly compile and compose written reports
Task and detailed oriented, very organized
Dynamic and able to learn quickly, self-starter, and unafraid to ask questions
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Knowledge of semiconductor device physics
Knowledge of closed loop control and adaptive algorithms
Understanding of kernel level coding and debugging and device drivers
Programming or macro/script development experience
Macro photography and photo editing/annotating experience
This position is located in Austin, TX

Cirrus Logic is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strive to select the best qualified applicant for any opening and to reward employees based on their skills, experience and performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, pregnancy status, marital status, gender, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.