Principal RF Module Design Lead

Date: Apr 3, 2024

Location: Greensboro, NC, US

Company: Skyworks


If you are looking for a challenging and exciting career in the world of technology, then look no further. Skyworks is an innovator of high-performance analog semiconductors whose solutions are powering the wireless networking revolution. Through our broad technology expertise and one of the most extensive product portfolios in the industry, we are Connecting Everyone and Everything, All the Time.


At Skyworks, you will find a fast-paced environment with a strong focus on global collaboration, minimal layers of management, and the freedom to make meaningful contributions in a setting that encourages creative thinking. We value open communication, mutual trust, and respect. We are excited about the opportunity to work with you and glad you want to be part of a team of talented individuals who together are changing the way the world communicates.

Requisition ID: 72746 


As an RF Module Design Lead, you will work with cross-functional teams to develop best-in-class RF front-end modules. These modules will include Power Amplifiers, Low-Noise Amplifiers, and BAW and SAW filters.  Responsibilities will include designing RFICs, laminates, acoustic BAW and SAW filters, testing and characterizing prototypes in the lab, presenting design results, and participating in design reviews.  This role plays a critical role in our high-performance RF teams.

Located in the heart of the Piedmont of North Carolina, Greensboro is a vibrant and rapidly growing city conveniently located midway between scenic mountains and world-class beaches.  As part of the greater Piedmont Triad, home to nearly 2 million people, Greensboro offers the diversity, culture, and conveniences of a large city with the low cost of living, light traffic, and friendliness of a small town. Skyworks is one of the most cutting edge and impactful players helping people connect across the globe.  #LI-SG1


Job Responsibilities

  • Manage and take ownership of an RF front-end module and continuously improving its performance.
  • Possess a clear understanding of customer design specifications and be able to translate full module requirements to subsystem design targets. 
  • Apply Microwave Engineering and RFIC design fundamentals to steer PA, LNA, filter, and laminate design tapeouts. 
  • Develop high-accuracy simulation benches using ADS, HFSS, or Cadence programs.
  • Adapt the best MCM design and full module Co-simulation practices.
  • Design integrated passive devices and RF filters.
  • Lab tuning, data review and analysis.
  • Work with Product Engineering team to review automated testing result reports and limits.
  • Provide detailed technical reports.
  • Designing high-isolation laminate layouts to meet high density component module and able to meet stringent requirements such as de-sense and harmonics.
  • Participating and conducting design review meeting.
  • Performing lab testing and tuning and using various RF test equipment.

The circuit blocks involved in a typical product development may include power amplifiers, integrated passive devices, SAW/BAW duplexers and high-Q RF filters, switches, low noise amplifiers, matching circuits, and high-directivity couplers.

Software Tools used are Ansoft HFSS, Agilent ADS and Momentum, Cadence Allegro and Virtuoso Layout.

Hardware Tools Used are network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, signal generators, digital receivers, load-pull/tuners, RF probe stations


  • BS degree with 12 years of experience in Microwave Engineering, RFIC Design, Electromagnetics, or related Electrical Engineering fields; or MS with 8 years of experience; or PhD with 5 years of experience.
  • Practical experience with lab measurements and characterization equipment.
  • Experiences of EM tools such as HFSS, or Momentum.
  • Lab experiences of network analyzer, signal generator, spectrum analyzer and probe station.
  • Knowledge of HBT, FET, CMOS devices.
  • Knowledge of RF switch design, or power amplifier design, or PA classes, PAE, PA performance.
  • Knowledge of communication standards, such as LTE-A, WiFi, and the associated standards. 
  • Understanding of requirements on such as sensitivity, intermodulation, de-sense, ACLR, EVM.
  • Good communication skills and teamwork is a must to be able to work in a fast-paced product development environment
  • Ability to independently identify solutions to technical challenges, remain open to team members’ suggestions, and relentlessly pursue the highest design quality with a strong sense of urgency.
  • Exceptional communication skills in writing and speaking.

Preferred Experience and Skills:
Experience in ADS, Virtuoso, and Allegro.


The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is currently USD $124,400$235,700 per year. Starting base pay will depend on relevant experience and skills, training and education, business needs, market demands, the ultimate job duties and requirements, and work location. Skyworks has different base pay ranges for different work locations in the U.S. Benefits include access to healthcare benefits (including a premium-free medical plan option), a 401(k) plan and company match, an employee stock purchase plan, paid time off (including vacation, sick/wellness, parental leave), among others. Employees are eligible to participate in an incentive plan, and certain roles are also eligible for additional awards, including recognition and stock. These incentives and awards are based on individual and/or company performance. 


Skyworks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Skyworks strives to create an accessible workplace; if you need an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at

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