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Intern, Failure Analysis Engineering - Summer 2024

🚀 Summer Internship

San Diego

AI generated summary

  • You need critical thinking, technical expertise, and a desire for continuous improvement. Experience in failure analysis engineering, lab equipment usage, and a quick learner. Pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering or related field.
  • You will perform failure analysis including visual examination, IC fault isolation, bench testing, and report generation. Collaborate with engineers to identify root causes and work towards becoming an expert in fault isolation techniques.

Summer Internship

EngineeringSan Diego


  • The Intern, Failure Analysis (FA) Engineering will be working with pSemi FA engineers to learn and master the pSemi Failure Analysis flow. The learning will cover integrated circuit (IC) failure mode electrical bench verification, IC fault isolation techniques, physical analysis of isolated failure site, and FA report writing. The training will consist of analyzing field returns (RMA), qualification failures, and/or yield failures of RF and mixed signal CMOS products.
  • The assigned tasks will be diverse and complex in nature which requires exceptional organization skills and high attention to detail. This position will need to exercise sound judgment in methods used to solve problems and in the evaluation of the results.


  • In order to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Critical Thinking: Skilled at finding logical flaws in arguments and plans; identifies problems and solutions that others might miss; provides detailed insight and constructive criticism into problems and complex situations
  • Working with Ambiguity: Achieves forward progress in the face of poorly defined situations and/or unclear goals; able to work effectively with limited or partial information
  • Prioritizing and Organizing Work: Allocates time and attention based on what is the most important to achieve key goals and objectives; approaches work in an organized and systematic manner; effectively manages tasks, information, and requests
  • Displaying Technical Expertise: Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialized knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others
  • Evaluating and implementing Ideas: Defines requirements and resources needed to implement new ideas; approaches innovation with a practical, task-oriented mindset; converts ideas from general concepts into actionable plans
  • Minimum Qualifications (Experience and Skills):
  • Knowledge in failure analysis engineering, product engineering, characterization engineering, or IC design experience
  • Experience with standard lab equipment: oscilloscope, power supplies, semiconductor parameter analyzer, vector network analyzer, RF spectrum analyzer, signal generator, etc
  • Quick learner, able to detect problems and react accordingly,
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Comfort and desire to be challenged
  • An attitude/practice of continuous improvement
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong desire to increase one's depth and breadth in the field of fault isolation/failure analysis
  • Education Requirements:
  • Current student in Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD program in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Physics, Material Science or equivalent

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Perform preliminary failure analysis as needed, including: external visual examination, scanning acoustic microscopy, radiographic examination, and bench testing.
  • Perform electrical bench testing and interpret ATE datalogs to aid in localizing electrical failures.
  • Perform integrated circuit (IC) fault isolation to identify failure mechanism(s) utilizing schematics, layouts, IC design analysis, Focused Ion Beam (FIB) pad microprobing, device characterization, Photon Emission Microscopy (PEM), Externally Induced Voltage Alteration (XIVA) and IR Thermal Emission.
  • Work with FA, product, design and technology engineers to isolate root cause of failures.
  • Generate detailed failure analysis reports for both internal and external customers.
  • Work toward becoming an expert at fault isolation techniques such as PEM, XIVA, and IR Thermal Emission.


Work type

Full time

Work mode



San Diego