Sr. Module Test Engineer


The position as Module Test Engineer entails coordinating R&D efforts to support the development and ramp to manufacturing of new optical and capacitive fingerprint sensor modules through external design and manufacturing partners. A fingerprint sensor module typically consists of a sensor chip in a semiconductor package, attached to flexible circuit board with peripheral components and connectors. Being a visible part in high-end mobile phones and other portable devices, the sensor module is subjected to extensive industrial design requirements and must be tested at high accuracy to assure product performance prior to shipping to customers. This requires close collaboration with different internal design teams, subcontractors and partners in an international environment, to secure the best possible fingerprint sensor module. As Module Test Engineer you will work with the design of the test system and test methodology for sensor. The scope is broad; design and development of test programs, methodology and hardware with high volume manufacturability in mind, ability to implement at subcontractor base, debug programs and test hardware, interpret and report test data for development and qualification and stability during high volume manufacturing, continuous improvement for test coverage, test time reduction and test accuracy. Yield monitoring and improvement as well as test support for quality returns.

International travel to Synaptics suppliers, partners, and customers may be frequent.

Your Background

This role requires a bachelors in Science in Engineering, such as in electronics, physics, chemistry, mechanics or the equivalent, as well as occupational experience in similar fields. Special preference will be given to candidates with a Master of Science in Engineering. The successful candidate needs to be fluent in spoken and written English and not opposed to traveling abroad. Fluency in Mandarin is expected. A minimum of 7 years of experience in the area of electronic module / component test and test program development is essential.

Success in this role requires:

  • Good understanding of common component test hardware (Credence, Teradyne, Chroma, Advantest etc.) as well as ability to develop custom tester hardware suited for new / specific applications.
  • Good understanding / working knowledge of common tester / system level programming languages. Eg IGXL, ATL, Java, Python, C/C++, visual basic, labview etc, along with good Unix skills
  • Ability to interpret and provide yield guidance based on STDF data or other test data for development, debug and yield monitoring. Good statistical analysis skills along with user level experience interpreting and presenting results in common statistical tools: i.e.: Minitab, JMP, DataPower etc.
  • Prior experience with manufacturing partners, preferably in Asia and preferably with focus on LCD module test development
  • Experience with mobile phone manufacturing processes and manufacturing companies is a plus
  • Relevant work experience in similar technical fields, e.g. LCD modules, LCD manufacturing, miniaturized modules and test hardware/ program development in these fields.
  • Good skill in communication both internally and with external companies

Preference will be given to those with experience in at least some of the following areas:

  • Product and test development with portable devices
  • LCD module test development
  • Manufacturing processes for the above
  • Surface mount technology
  • PCB board level design and supplier coordination – i.e. for tester hardware development.
  • Familiarity and user level competency with CAD tools (i.e. Autocad, Solidworks) and PCB / substrate / flex design tools (i.e. Cadence, PADS)

Synaptics is a global, fast paced and exciting work environment. The successful candidate will be comfortable working across multiple time zones and cultures to enable efficient and successful product development efforts and timely product launches.

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