Failure Analysis Aide

Lincoln, RI, US, 02865

Job Function:  Engineering
Req ID:  562


Vicor Corporation designs, manufactures and markets innovative, high performance modular power components, from bricks to semiconductor-centric solutions, to enable customers to efficiently convert and manage power from the wall plug to the point-of-load. Complementing an extensive portfolio of patented innovations in power conversion and power distribution with significant application development expertise, Vicor offers comprehensive product lines addressing a broad range of power conversion and management requirements across all power distribution architectures, including CPA, DPA, IBA, FPA and CBA.  Vicor focuses on solutions for performance-critical applications in the following markets: enterprise and high performance computing, telecommunications and network infrastructure, industrial equipment and automation, vehicles and transportation and aerospace and defense electronics. 

Job Description

  • Provides timely and accurate root-cause analysis of VPC products (IC’s, System-in-Package, and filters) using electrical and physical failure analysis techniques.

  • Supports Failure Analysis Engineers and works with cross-functional teams (Manufacturing, Quality, Reliability, Design, etc.) to solve problems arising from customer returns, process anomalies, engineering evaluations, and new product development.

  • Communicates analysis results through formal, technical report writing.

  • Collaborates with internal and external laboratories as needed.

  • Meets failure analysis cycle-time requirements

Education / Qualifications

  • 5+ years of relevant Failure Analysis experience in the semiconductor or PCB industry

  •  Associate degree or technical certification in Electronics

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills

  • Strong knowledge and experience utilizing physical failure analysis techniques for IC’s and PCB’s including cross-sectioning, parallel lapping, Reactive Ion Etching, decapsulating, X-ray analysis and chemical deprocessing.

  • Experience utilizing optical and scanning electron microscopes including EDX (Energy Dispersive X-ray) analysis

  • Ability to troubleshoot electrical failures by micro-probing and using electrical test equipment

  • Adept at I/V curve-tracing using analog and multi-pin, digital curve tracers (RTI).

  • Experience building evaluation boards by interpreting schematics and soldering components

  • Demonstrated proficiency utilizing MS Word, Excel, photo-editing, schematic and IC layout software

  •  Familiar with FA techniques in order to effectively direct external lab’s: EMMI, FIB, CSAM, OBIRCH, TIVA, LIVA, etc.

  •  Able to write concisely using good spelling, grammar, and proofreading skills

  •  Must be highly organized with a strong attention to detail. Must be able to manage multiple, concurrent assignments under tight deadlines

  •  Able to follow instructions, maintain priorities, and make good decisions with minimal supervision

  •  Has an FA mindset understanding FA processes, flow, and decision tree

  •  Familiar with IC packaging, semiconductor processes, and PCB manufacturing

  •  Experience working within an ISO-9001 work environment is a plus

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Vicor is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Vicor is an Equal Opportunity employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability. 

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Nearest Major Market: Providence
Nearest Secondary Market: Rhode Island