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NVM Reliability R&D Engineer (SK)

Folsom, California Job ID JR0234111 Job Category Engineering Work Mode Hybrid Experience Level Entry Level
Job Description

This is an exciting time to be at Intel - come join our Technology Development Reliability team as Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Reliability R&D Engineer and work on one of the most advanced 3DNAND and SSD technology portfolios in the world!

As the global leader in the semiconductor industry, Intel possesses many industry-leading SSD technologies including the most capable Quadruple Level Cell (QLC) NAND Flash products. As NVM Reliability R&D Engineer, you will be part of a world-class team!

Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Design and execute experiments to identify, segment, characterize and model NVM reliability mechanisms.
  • Develop empirical and physics-based predictive reliability modeling methods and tools for reliability risk assessments.
  • Develop new acceleration techniques, test methods, and analytical tools to provide fast and effective feedback for reliability process optimization.
  • Determine reliability requirements and technology targets of components and systems to achieve company, customer, and other reliability objectives.
  • Influence design, process, product, test, and/or system solutions in order to enable aggressive scaling of Intel's NVM technologies and exploration of novel memory cells.
  • Develop the appropriate process- and product-qualification stress methods and criteria.
  • Lead small cross-functional and cross-company groups of engineers on multi-disciplinary technical projects to solve complex reliability issues- such as, during technology development and ramp to high-volume manufacturing.

The ideal candidate should exhibit behavioral traits:

  • Systematic analytical problem-solving.
  • Creativity and innovation in solving technical problems.
  • Affinity for cross-disciplinary work performance skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and quality of the work.
  • Persistence and commitment to the task.
  • Skill to clearly communicate achieved results and to influence a wide range of audiences.

The position is associated with the sale of the NAND business to SK Hynix aligning to Phase 2 of the transaction. Employees aligned to Phase 2 will continue to be employed by Intel developing NAND technology and components. Phase 2 of the transaction is expected to close in March 2025 at which time employees aligned to this phase of the transaction will transition employment to Solidigm, a stand-alone US subsidiary of SK Hynix headquartered in San Jose, California with offices world-wide. Solidigm is a leading global supplier of NAND flash memory solutions, led by Robert (Rob) B. Crooke as CEO, previously senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. To read more, see:


You must possess the below minimum qualifications to be initially considered for this position. Preferred qualifications are in addition to the minimum requirements and are considered a plus factor in identifying top candidates. Experience listed below would be obtained through a combination of your school work/classes/research and/or relevant previous job and/or internship experiences.

Minimum Qualifications:
The candidate must possess a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or related field of study.

Minimum 1+ years of experience in the following areas:

  • Semiconductor device physics and materials science.

Minimum of 6+ months of experience in the following areas:

  • Probability and statistics, VLSI circuit design, semiconductor processing, and quantum physics.
  • Hands-on experimental design, execution, and data analysis, interpretation, and synthesis.
  • Programming (C or C++, PERL or Python or similar computer language).

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or related field of study.

Minimum of 6+ months of experience in the following areas:

  • CMOS transistor-level circuit design, semiconductor device physics/engineering, memory reliability, interconnect reliability, computer or digital systems.
  • Non-volatile memories, especially product or reliability.
  • A range of analytical lab test equipment such as Logic analyzer/oscilloscopes, semiconductor parametric analyzer (CV-IV), and memory testers.
  • Reliability failure statistics, physics, or failure mechanisms.
  • Statistical analysis packages (e.g. JMP).
  • Computer programming for testing, preferably of memories, and data acquisition, reduction, and analysis.
  • Proficiency in semiconductor fabrication process, packaging assembly, and/or board system technology operation.

Inside this Business Group
Employees in Intel's NAND Product Group deliver solutions that are transforming computing across all segments from data centers to Ultrabooks. They invent, develop, bring to market and support customers with leading-edge NAND flash memory and system level solutions such as solid state drives (SSDs). SSDs are accelerating performance for gaming enthusiasts, reducing total cost of ownership for IT managers of data centers and improving security and reliability for businesses. This dynamic group is strategically positioned to become the leading Non-Volatile Memory solution supplier for the compute segment and is a key to expanding markets and continuing the growth for Intel.

Covid Statement
Intel strongly encourages employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Intel aligns to federal, state, and local laws and as a contractor to the U.S. Government is subject to government mandates that may be issued. Intel policies for COVID-19 including guidance about testing and vaccination are subject to change over time.

Posting Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by local law, regulation, or ordinance.
We offer a total compensation package that ranks among the best in the industry. It consists of competitive pay, stock, bonuses, and benefit programs. Find more information about our Amazing Benefits here:

Working Model
This role will be eligible for our hybrid work model which allows employees to split their time between working on-site at their assigned Intel site and off-site. In certain circumstances the work model may change to accommodate business needs.
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