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Sr. Staff Application Engineer



Morrisville, NC, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2023

Job Type:  Permanent - Full Time 

Travel Required:  Up to 25% 

Remote Work Available:  No 


Renesas is one of the top global semiconductor companies in the world. We strive to develop a safer, healthier, greener, and smarter world, and our goal is to make every endpoint intelligent by offering product solutions in the automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT markets. Our robust product portfolio includes world-leading MCUs, SoCs, analog and power products, plus Winning Combination solutions that curate these complementary products. We are a key supplier to the world’s leading manufacturers of the electronics you rely on every day; you may not see our products, but they are all around you.


Renesas employs roughly 21,000 people in more than 30 countries worldwide. As a global team, our employees actively embody the Renesas Culture, our guiding principles based on five key elements: Transparent, Agile, Global, Innovative, and Entrepreneurial. Renesas believes in, and has a commitment to, diversity and inclusion, with initiatives and a leadership team dedicated to its resources and values. At Renesas, we want to build a sustainable future where technology helps make our lives easier. Join us and build your future by being part of what’s next in electronics and the world.


Renesas Electronics Americas (REA) brings together the strong financial foundation of a multi-billion dollar global operation and the flexibility and velocity of a smaller organization. A result of the combination of Renesas and Intersil, REA has a deep portfolio of technology, a strong customer base and big ambitions to grab more market share on a global stage. Our engineers, marketers, sales and support teams are all unified in our goal to create an environment where creativity thrives, where results are rewarded and where diversity is valued. REA is developing technologies for the latest advances in mobile computing, secured connected devices, autonomous driving, smart homes and factories and more. Our solutions are at the heart of products developed by the major innovators around the world


The Core Power Team is seeking an enthusiastic Staff Level Application Engineer who will be responsible for the development and qualification of high-performance DC-DC power converter products with Renesas’ advanced control architectures. The job entails working with cross-functional groups to continually push the envelope of technology implemented in Renesas products.


The location for this position is Durham, NC




The candidate will participate in the entire product development cycle of power management IC’s, such as buck converters, boost converters, and buck-boost converters, PMICs and multi-phase regulators. Primary responsibilities will include:

  • contribute to the definition of innovative and differentiated products
  • product validation and characterization (hands-on work in the lab)
  • technical documentation (e.g. datasheet, application note, and design guidelines)
  • set up and execute simulations of power converter circuits and systems
  • training of field applications engineers as well as customer engineers
  • customer support, including off-site support at customer facilities
  • system level testing and characterization
  • work closely with local and remote teams (FAE’s, design/test/product/reliability engineering, and marketing) to perform the tasks listed above




The candidate should have a minimum 10 years of industry experience in power management IC applications. We are looking for a highly motivated self-starter with good communication skills (both written and verbal) and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Understanding of DC/DC converter topologies, particularly those optimized for handheld devices and notebook/desktop computer applications. These include buck, boost, buck-boost, charge pump converters, and LDO’s.
  • Excellent knowledge of control theory, closed loop compensation, stability analysis, phase margin, etc.
  • Experience with analog circuit modeling and simulation tools (e.g. Simplis, PSpice, etc.)
    • Modeling experience from a block perspective desired
  • Schematic capture, PCB design tools such as Orcad, Allegro. 
  • Proficient with product characterization equipment such as oscilloscope, power supplies, electronic load, spectrum analyzer, network analyzer, and function generator.
  • Familiar with power management architectures of mobile and other battery powered devices such as wearable devices, smartphones, and tablet/notebook PCs.
  • Familiarity with I2C, PMBUS, SPI, SPMI communication protocols
  • Familiarity with analog circuits and/or IC design including op-amps, DACs, ADCs, LDOs is also desirable.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Multi-phase regulator experience is a plus



  • BSEE, MSEE, or PhD preferred.
  • BS +12; MS + 10; PhD +7 years’ experience


Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran



Renesas Electronics America is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to celebrating diversity and fostering a work environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.