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Principal Engineer, Hardware Development Engineering

Location: San Jose, CA, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000037372


This position will work for the Spacing Control & Integration team in the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Head group. The job will include running experiments on components (heads) level test, and H/Ws and S/Ws development. Strong laboratory experimental skills required. Knowledge of scripting languages is desirable. Familiarity with Python is desirable. Candidate will conduct experiments, acquire and analyze data and summarize results to present.

Job Description:
  • Develop various Mechanical Integration (MI) test methodologies to support new technologies including new H/Ws and S/Ws development
  • Develop new MI test modules using Python & other programming languages
  • Perform MI reliability tests & study magnetic performance of new Air Bearing Surface (ABS) design, Thermal Mechanical (TM) design and new Process. 
  • Verify if new designs meet company performance budget but also satisfy HDD Reliability requirements
  • Support all products and issues that have Head Disk Interface related matters

Required Qualifications:
  • MS degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Micro-/ Nano- Tribology and Material Science
  • Experimental lab work experience including setup and running test apparatus, i.e., Acoustic Emission (AE) Sensor, Oscilloscope and LDV etc. 
  • Experience of characterization of contact, vibration and wear phenomena, i.e., Head and Disk Interface (HDI) field preferred
  • Experience of Spin-stand tester (i.e., Guzik or Tribo-Tester preferred)
  • Knowledge of scripting languages and data acquisition (Experience with Python preferred)
  • Strong team-player who can collaborate with colleagues
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications