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Experienced Electrical Engineer - Switched Mode Pulsed High-Voltage Electronics

Starfire Industries

Starfire Industries

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Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2023

​Experienced Electrical Engineer – Switched Mode Pulsed High-Voltage Electronics

​Starfire is seeking highly motivated persons to join our technical engineering team to support applied R&D on the next-generation IMPULSE® pulsed power supply with Super Kick™ for precision nanoengineered materials and surface solutions.

We seek candidates with experience with high-voltage (kV) SiC & GaN power electronics, component selection, high-voltage circuit design & layout, and BOM generation using to apply knowledge company-wide.  Building on your base electrical engineering skill set, hardware fabrication, and electronics test & measurement experience, we will provide job-specific training unique to our products and technologies including plasma processing techniques.  You will enjoy “hands-on” work and being part of an applied engineering team supporting on a diverse set of applications.

For experienced B.S. candidates, this position is eligible to earn an “on-the-job” Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) Degree through a professional program between Starfire and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Plasma Engineering or Electrical Engineering. If eligible and meeting requirements, Starfire will reimburse tuition costs for the M.Eng. while working 75% full time over a two-year period. The M.Eng. capstone project will be directly relevant to work at Starfire.
Job Summary:
​Responsible for component selection, circuit layout, assembly, testing, debugging, and validation for high-voltage switching and DC subsystems working closely with R&D for system-level prototype integration. Primary role is supporting IMPULSE® product development and its associated systems with secondary support to production teams as needed.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Develop HV SiC and GaN power electronics subsystems from conceptual design through electronics test/debug into prototype and production assembly deliverables. 
  • Support overall system design, simulation, and testing with the R&D team. 
  • Communicate consistently and openly with engineers, technicians, and managers.
Required Qualifications: 
  • Relevant Baccalaureate Degree (or greater) with experience 
    • e.g., Electrical Engineering or Microelectronics degree
  • Proficient in circuit design, layout and BOM tools, such as Altium/KiCAD
  • Comfortable interfacing with mechanical design, such as SolidWorks
  • Experience with high voltage SiC or GaN power electronics, LCR design, noise immunity and simulations through LT SPICE (or equivalent)
  • Proficient with high-voltage test equipment, diagnostic tools, electrical schematics, and mechanical drawings
  • Ability to take initiative, assume responsibility and work independently. 
  • Strong desire to learn and appreciates hands-on (re)work. 
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills fluent in English (written and verbal)
  • Proficient with MS Office Software & Teams Flexible and willing to work with multiple functional groups within the company
  • Passionate about technology and looking to apply that passion to a career
Desired Qualifications:  
  • Minimum 3+ years’ work experiences 
  • Background in switched-mode DC power supplies. 
  • High-voltage design experience (>2.5kVdc) 
  • Experience with >MW-class pulsed power and circuit design constraints.
  • Analog/digital communications and controls 
  • Experience with PVD coatings, plasma etching, or thin-film processing techniques, e.g. capability to operate plasma processing equipment
  • Proven ability to multitask (e.g., handle projects in both R&D prototyping environment and production facility) 

Salary commensurate with experience. Immediate start date. 
This position is restricted to U.S. Persons only.
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