Hardware Failure Analysis (FA) Engineer (San Jose, CA)

  • Location:
    San Jose, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Hardware
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
  • Job Id


This position is based in our San Jose, CA offices. The position requires on-site lab work. Relocation may be considered.

Who You'll Work With

We are a creative & multi-skilled team that is designing a new class of Cisco Nexus 9000 Data Center products for the Internet & Data Centers of the future. These are cloud-enhanced systems powered by specialized Data Center ASICs. These systems deliver the switching performance and functionality that scale to meet the needs of future internet traffic & Hyper Scale Data Centers.

What You'll Do

You will be designing the hardware for the Nexus 9000 series Data Center Products to deliver the best quality, best power efficiency, for cutting edge network technology at the highest bit rates possible. Your responsibilities will cover from hardware definition to design, from qualification to product release. 

You will be working with a team of experts on hardware design and also work closely with other cross-functional teams and vendors during the development of the product and solving challenging problems along the way.

Minimum Requirements for this role:

  • This is an early to mid-level career position
  • BSEE, BSCE or equivalent technical education or experience
  • 4+ years of industry experience in board system FA & debug, networking systems preferred
  • Knowledge of fundamental hardware blocks & subsystems - CPU/microcontrollers, High-speed signaling like (LVDS, LVPECL, HSCL etc.), M.2 SATA, USB, DDR4, clocking, basic signal integrity & power integrity
  • A keen ability for problem solving and deep understanding to root cause various field issues, varying from hardware, software, mechanical, and network related issues
  • Basic Knowledge & experience with electrical design and measurement equipment - oscilloscopes, digital multimeter, thermography camera, Logic Analyzers, Traffic generators (Ixia, Spirent), etc.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills for effective documentation & providing clear results to the FA case requestors
  • Ability to interface with other cross-functional teams, including CAD, FPGA, Software, Mechanical, Signal integrity, Marketing, Operations, & manufacturing teams

Why Cisco

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re “old” (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but we’re also a software company. And a security company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do – you can’t put us in a box!

But “Digital Transformation” is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

So, you have colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us! 


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The health and safety of Cisco's employees, customers, and partners is a top priority. Our goal is to protect and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection for strong business resiliency during the pandemic. Therefore, Cisco may require new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if the role requires business-related travel, meeting with customers/partners (including visiting third-party sites on behalf of Cisco), attending trade events, and Cisco office entry, unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law, and in countries where COVID-19 vaccination is legally required. The company will consider legally required accommodations/exceptions for medical, religious, and other reasons as per the requirements of the role and in accordance with applicable law. Additional information will be provided to candidates about the requirements and accommodation process at the offer time based on region.