Test and Characterization Electrical Engineer

Role: Test and Characterization Electrical Engineer

Reporting to: Director of System Integration

Location: Silicon Valley, CA



  • Bring up, debug and characterize electrical systems that include microcontrollers, FPGAs, high speed electrical ICs and circuits, DC-DC converters, level translators, gain blocks, ADCs and DACs
  • Set up transmit, receive and link systems, define and execute DOEs and perform performance measurements on electro optic systems such as optical insertion loss, extinction ratio, bit error rates and power consumption
  • Define test board requirements, select components, capture schematics and work with layout engineers through fabrication and assembly of PCBA in Cadence tools (Orcad)
  • Set up laboratory test systems to collect performance data. This entails setting up various optomechanical mounts, aligning components using precision translation stages, setting up various high-speed and low-speed wafer probes, etc.
  • Analyze test results, diagnose issues, revise test setups and procedures to improve measurements and isolate problems


  • BS or higher in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or related field
  • Must be proficient with standard communication protocols such as I2C, SPI, MDIO and ethernet
  • Understanding of RF design and testing using various optical and electronic test equipment including oscilloscopes, digital communications analyzers, vector network analyzers (VNAs), optical power meters, power supplies is highly desirable
  • Ability to do lab automation scripting with Python is a plus
  • Ability to work with and program microcontrollers and/or FPGAs is a plus
  • Flexible, quick learner, ability to work in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Familiarity with the physics of semiconductor devices (emitters and photodetectors) is desirable


About Avicena

Avicena is a privately held company developing microLED based ultra-low power high bandwidth interconnects for chip-to-chip communications. This technology will revolutionize High-Performance (HPC) and Cloud computing, as well as other industries where low power interconnects are critical like camera sensors, autonomous vehicles, and aerospace. Avicena is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with a development center in Livingston, Scotland. The company was founded in 2019 by leading technologists from the optical networking industry with a track record of delivering breakthrough products. (www.avicena.tech)

To learn more about this position and career opportunities at Avicena, contact sama@avicena.tech