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Senior Microelectronics Research Development Principal Investigator - Tukwila, Washington

Company/Organization: Boeing Company

Position: Management

Job Type: Permanent

Posted: 12/9/2020 8:52:13 PM


We are Boeing Research Technology (BRT): Boeings global research and development team creating and implementing innovative technologies that make the impossible possible and enabling the future of aerospace.  We are engineers and technicians, skilled scientists and bold innovators; Join us and put your passion, determination, and skill to work building the future!   TheFutureIsBuiltHere  ChangeTheWorld

Within BRT, Boeing’s Solid State Electronics Development organization (SSED) performs microelectronics technology development and design for aerospace systems. We develop Systems on Chip (SoCs) for radar, navigation, electronic warfare, communications, processing, and other electronic systems. This entails design, simulation and test of microwave (MMIC) and RF (RFIC) integrated circuits (ICs), high-performance analog and mixed-signal ICs,  complex high performance  digital ICs, high performance 3D microelectronics packaging and systems on chip (SOC) and systems in package (SIP) technologies. These systems are used on Boeing airborne, terrestrial, and satellite platforms. Designs are implemented with state of the art semiconductor process technologies including CMOS, GaAs, GaN, and SiGe. SSED uses external wafer fabrication but performs design (architecture, RTL, synthesis, circuits, physical design, verification, packaging and test) in house.  SSED has numerous microelectronics projects, funded both by internal Boeing customers and external Government Science and Technology (ST) customers. SSED’s large staff of microelectronics engineers conduct research and design microelectronics hardware in support of these projects.

We are seeking experienced Principal Investigators (PIs) to lead the shaping, capture, and execution of SSED’s microelectronics research development (RD) programs. The successful candidate will accomplish this by leveraging deep knowledge of and a network of connections in: 1) the military/aerospace microelectronics development community; 2) the US government microelectronics RD community; 3) SSED’s customer partner organizations within Boeing; and 4) the commercial microelectronics industry.  

Position Responsibilities:

  • Participate in development of SSED strategies and roadmaps - technical and business (e.g. new technology areas, partnerships, make/buy trades)
  • Meet regularly with customers (external internal, current prospective) and partners to shape SSED business opportunities by: 1) understanding our customers’ technical needs budget plans; 2) understanding our partners’ technical capabilities roadmaps; and 3) sharing SSED capabilities, accomplishments, and roadmaps with customers partners
  • Lead development of detailed technical approaches for affordable microelectronics RD programs
  • Lead development and delivery of white papers / ROMs and proposals to customers
  • Collaborate with SSED functional management, portfolio management, and lab management to define and secure the resources needed to execute microelectronics RD programs (e.g. personnel, facilities, software, laboratory equipment)
  • Lead execution of microelectronics RD programs, in collaboration with SSED portfolio managers, program managers, project management specialists, and technical lead engineers.
  • Regularly present technical findings to customers and their technical advisors.
  • Collaborate with customers to re-vector execution plans based on technical learning and evolving constraints, risks, and opportunities.
  • Collaborate with transition partners (internal external) to develop and execute transition plans for successful adoption and integration of SSED-developed microelectronics technologies within partner organizations

This position requires the ability to obtain a US Security Clearance for which the US Government requires US Citizenship. An interim and/or final U.S. Secret Clearance Post-Start is required.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills/Experience):

  • Bachelor, Master or Doctorate degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry
  • 5+ years of experience in development of microelectronics (e.g. ASICs, SoCs, Systems in Package (SiPs)) and/or enabling technologies (e.g. state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication, embedded circuit IP, advanced microelectronics packaging, modeling, electronic design automation)
  • 3+ years of experience as a Principle Investigator in microelectronics RD, including leading proposals for US government customers
  • The candidate must have good verbal and written communications skills, and interpersonal skills to work with customers, teammates and suppliers.

Preferred Qualifications (Desired Skills/Experience):

  • Active security clearance
  • Experience developing microelectronics (and/or enabling technologies) for military/aerospace applications that address special needs such as extreme environment performance (e.g. radiation hardened, high/low temperature), long lifetime, Trusted/classified development, hardware security features, etc.
  • Experience working on large-scale ASIC/SoC/RFIC/MMIC design teams
  • Experience supporting military radar, communications, electronic warfare, or avionics/mission processor programs
  • Experience with laboratory equipment for testing microelectronics


Education/experience acquired through advanced technical education from an accredited course of study in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry (e.g. Bachelor) and typically 9 or more years related work experience or an equivalent combination of technical education and experience (e.g. PhD+4 years related work experience, Master+7 years related work experience). In the USA, ABET accreditation is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard.


This position offers relocation based on candidate eligibility.

Drug Free Workplace: 

Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies.


This position is for first shift


This is a union-represented position.

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