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Physical Electronics USA Inc. (PHI) is a subsidiary of ULVAC-PHI, the world's leading supplier of UHV surface analysis instrumentation. PHI’s innovative XPS, AES, and SIMS technologies provide our customers with unique tools to solve challenging materials problems and accelerate the development of new processes and products. As the only supplier that provides a full range of high-performance XPS, AES, and SIMS surface analysis instruments, PHI is in a unique position to provide complete surface analysis solutions to potential clients in a broad range of high technology fields including the following: nanotechnology, microelectronics, storage media, catalysis, bio-materials, pharmaceuticals, and basic materials such as metals, polymers, composites and coatings.

At PHI, our success is powered by people and technology. Employee appreciation and recognition, total employee wellness and shared celebration of company success are just a few of our top priorities. Employees enjoy paid holidays and vacation, as well as an unlimited PTO benefit to help balance work, life, and everything in between. Some of our most-loved benefits include department hosted lunches, employee-led wellness activities, on-site gym, employer contribution to H.S.A. and safe-harbor 401k contributions. Medical, dental and employer paid life insurance benefits are available. Student tuition reimbursement, ongoing education and training opportunities, and employer matched charitable contributions are also available to employees.

Physical Electronics USA is an Affirmative Action employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees according to all applicable equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, directives and regulations of federal, state and local governing bodies and agencies. In keeping with this commitment, Physical Electronics USA will recruit and hire the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, disability, age, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam era, special disabled, or or other covered veteran.


Senior Electronics Engineer

PHI is seeking a senior level electronics design engineer who can be a part of a small design group (4-6 members) working on electronics for high tech analytical instrumentation, coordinate activities with PHI’s contract electronics manufacturing partners, and be a technology leader in the design of custom, mixed signal, control and data acquisition electronics. The role will include hands-on design and prototyping (procure, build, test) of new electronics, personnel mentorship, resource planning, and project management responsibilities. The electronics design group also partners with software and systems engineering in integration testing and provides consulting support to the system manufacturing and service organizations. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership to a small group of mixed signal electronic design engineers and technicians. 
  • Creating and manage strategic partnerships with contract electronics manufacturers. 
  • Translate system level requirements into unit level engineering specifications.
  • Provide development cost and time estimates. 
  • Design, prototype (procure, build, test), document, and support mixed signal electronic controls. 
  • Provide project planning input and resource estimates; work with our parent company in Japan (Ulvac PHI) and the PHI R&D management team to create the annual electronics engineering plan. 
  • Maintain technical currency and ensure PHI’s state-of-the-art design capability through self-study, and continuing education (PHI is committed to providing learning opportunities to its engineers).
  • Partner with other engineering groups in managing system level design, integration testing and documentation. 

Critical Skills & Knowledge

  • Mixed signal electronics design, test & integration 
  • Control and data acquisition/processing 
  • Low noise, medium-high speed analog circuits 
  • Medium voltage (200 v to 5 kV) analog circuits experience  
  • HV (20kV - 30kV) design experience preferred 
  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art PCB and chassis level electronics manufacturing technology and processes. 
  • Knowledge of best practice design for manufacturability 
  • Embedded control system design and test 
  • Effective design project leadership: estimating, planning, risk mitigation, execution management 
  • Competency in modern electronic design CAD tools: circuit layout, circuit simulation, firmware development, C-language & programing 
  • Complex hardware/software system level design, test, and debug 
  • Experience with Firmware programming, Python, Raspberry Pi, preferred


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering; advanced degree preferred or equivalent relevant experience. 
  • More than 5 years of experience in design of chassis level, mixed signal control electronics for highly integrated hardware/software products; 10 years of experience preferred. 
  • Experience in the design of capital equipment for applications in scientific research or advanced manufacturing preferred. 
  • Occasional travel to business partner and customer locations, including internationally (<10 days/year). 

Physical Electronics is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send your resume to Jennifer Fredrickson at


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