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MKS Instruments Inc Sr Principal System Engineer in Rochester, New York

Sr Principal System Engineer

Location: Rochester, NY

Job Category: Engineering

Employment Classification: Full Time



Responsible for innovating new solutions in the area of integrated RF power systems for semiconductor processing applications. The range of frequencies and power of interest are 2 to 200 MHz and 1 to 50 kW. Performs or directs the completion of complex engineering assignments involved in the research, design, and development of an overall project. Works independently, directing and coordinating the work of technical personnel engaged in the compilation of engineering data, construction and testing of systems, designing component circuits, writing reports and test procedures. Position will be located in Rochester NY.


  1. Design and productize leading edge, high efficiency RF power equipment for thin films processing in the 40kHz to 100MHz frequency range.

  2. Understands RF power amplifier and DC-DC power supply architectures.

  3. Develops system level specifications and architecture to meet internal and external customer requirement.

  • Develops trade-off studies related to cost, complexity, reliability, Design for Excellence (DFx), project timing.

  • Develops Design Verification Testing (DVT) and Specification Compliance testing strategy, facilitates the execution of these plans and analyzes results to ensure products meet design goals.

  • Demonstrates expert problem solving skills. Understands and facilitates fault tree analysis and FMEA (failure mode effects analysis) studies.

  • Understands and prevents potential RF, controls, power supply interactions (system integration and mechanical packaging).

  • Designs fault handling scheme.

  • Works closely with Manufacturing Engineering to identify DFX opportunities and Test Engineering to develop production system-level test strategy.

  • Analyze design variability for statistical design margin in manufacturing.

  • Plans and facilitates system-level design reviews and phase-gate exit reviews.

  • Demonstrates good proficiency in grounding, shielding, EMI.

  • Comfortable with subassembly and system level integration/trouble-shooting.

Required Skills:

  1. MSEE or equivalent and >10 yrs experience in RF or switch-mode power electronics

  2. Understanding of semiconductor processes and RF system impacts to such is a plus.

  3. Experience with circuit simulation tools (e.g. SPICE, Agilent ADS, Microwave Office, etc.)

  4. Expertise in Matlab or other data processing tools.

  5. Good writing skills (specifications, test reports, engineering analyses, etc.)

  6. Good organizational skills

  7. Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment with purchasing, manufacturing engineering, etc.

MKS Instruments, Inc. is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer. We solicit and hire applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected category. Our policy is to employ the most qualified applicants. We conduct background checks and drug screens, in accordance with company policies and federal and state guidelines.

Globally, our policy is to recruit individuals from wide and diverse backgrounds. However, certain positions require access to controlled goods and technologies subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Applicants for these positions may need to be “U.S. persons.” “U.S. persons” are generally defined as U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, lawful permanent residents (or, green card holders), individuals granted asylum, and individuals admitted as refugees.