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Mixed-Signal Design Engineer, Maker

Palo Alto, CA | hardware research and engineering

Job Description

B.S. or equivalent with experience doing printed circuit board (PCB) layout and design for mixed-signal systems in support of experiments and prototype products

About the Job:


We are seeking a mixed-signal PCB layout and design engineer to work with system engineers and scientists to build PCBs in support of experimental and prototype systems across a range of novel technologies. The successful candidate will be able to work independently and with a team to help design and build PCBs for a broad range of interdisciplinary research efforts.

Specifically, the successful candidate MUST be capable of:

  •     PCB layout (we use Cadence/Allegro, but experience with other tools is acceptable)
  •     Schematic capture (eg, Orcad or DxDesigner)
  •     Test and re-work

In addition, abilities in these areas are highly desirable:

  •     Electronic design of low-noise analog, mixed-signal, and power electronics
  •     SOC, embedded controllers, and FPGAs
  •     Boot loaders, device drivers, or other APIs


  • B.S. or equivalent experience in engineering or experimental science.
  • Knowledge of board layout, schematic capture, mixed-signal design.
  • Experience building PCBs including testing.


We offer a very competitive salary package and full benefits (medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, 401K). PARC employees enjoy the use of onsite health & fitness center and collegial dining at our onsite cafeteria. The PARC campus is in a spacious modern building in close proximity to the resources and opportunities of Silicon Valley and benefits from nearby leading universities such as Stanford and Berkeley. It is also close to many amenities, top schools, and outdoor activities (see http://www.parc.com/about/culture.html).  PARC provides a highly diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (see http://www.parc.com/about/careers/).

About the Group:

The Electronic Materials & Devices Laboratory (EMDL) is a group of physicists, material scientists, electrical engineers, and chemists with a passion for identifying future hardware needs and a history of innovation in creating new technologies to meet those needs. Our current research is focused primarily on printed electronics, MEMS, displays, amorphous and polycrystalline silicon systems, x-ray imaging, acoustic imaging, optoelectronic semiconductors, visible and UV lasers and LEDs, compact optical sensing systems, and bio-medical instrumentation. We enjoy the opportunity to publish externally and engage in strategic research with a variety of partners, from start-ups to the Fortune 50.

About PARC:

PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, start ups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients.

Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients' businesses.

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