Sr. Thermal Engineer

  • Location:
    San Jose, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Hardware
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    Software Development, Testing
  • Job Id
What You'll Do
The Sr. Thermal Engineer helps to conceptualize the design and develop innovative electronic systems from a thermal aspect. You will impact and shape the development of cutting-edge network gears and hardware designs. Use your strong technical background in computational fluid dynamic, acoustic and thermal knowledge to develop and innovate next generation cooling solution. This is not limited to forced air cooling, but also free convection, liquid cool, and beyond. You will collaborate with Cisco cross-functional teams to architect, define, build, and validate the Enterprise switches, high density I/O, and next generation ASIC cooling challenges. 
Primary Responsibilities:
- Architect, design, and deliver electronic enclosure’s cooling solution per customer, marketing and specification of product requirements
- Work on current and next generation system designs for network switches, including modular and fixed platform
- Collaborate with ASIC and SI to create component level thermal modeling
- Drive consistent thermal methodologies, test spec, deliverables, and documentation across the Business Unit
- Mentor/coach team members on career development and provide development feedback
- Drive the resolution of issues from customer escalation, test, or manufacturing partners
- Define test scope/report and manage multiple projects per deliverable schedule
- Participate and/or take a lead role in Cisco’s Patent Program
- Interface cross-functionally and lead team collaboration extending beyond work group
- Support vendor in custom heatsink or fan development
- Assist with the evaluation and selection of new vendors
Who You'll Work With
You will work very closely with Hardware Engineering, Product Management/Marketing, Product Operations team, Global Supplier Management (GSM), External Vendors/Suppliers, Manufacturing Operations, and EMS/JDM partners. 
Who You Are
We are looking for an exceptional Thermal Engineer to tackle the challenges of high-power ASIC’s, next generation cooling, and high-density I/O. You are a thermal expert in various cooling solutions, from forced air, convection cooling to advance cooling in Modular or fixed to rack platforms. 
The successful candidate must have experience working on system design, understand component requirements, and be able to provide thermal design guidance to a mechanical engineering team in order to ensure that all of the product thermal design requirements are met. We also expect an understanding of conceptual design of equipment and comparison of various thermal solutions in both the cost and the functionality perspective. For this position we value understanding of the ‘platform, concept & product portfolio’ discussions that take place during the initial phases of a product lifecycle. 
Minimum Requirements for this role:
- Bachelor’s Degree in thermal engineering or equivalent background
- 8 years of work experience in electronic cooling solutions, including heatsink design, fan development, and thermal interface materials
- Excellent understanding of I/O technology, including ICM and optical transceivers like SFP, QSFP, QSFP-DD and more
- Experience with FloTHERM or other CFD modeling tools used in the electronics industry
Desired Qualifications:
-Master's degree preferred
- Strong knowledge of air-cooled and free convection compact switches
- Expertise with common CFD analysis tools in conjunction with dissemination of results clearly to inter-disciplinary team members
- Hands on experiences in wind tunnel and acoustic tests
- Ability to communicate thermal solutions at an executive level and influence the outcome
- Write complete functional and design specs independently
- Excellent verbal skills and professional presentations
- Ability to work with vendors on thermal solution is highly desirable
- Past experiences on thermal design for telecom equipment or equivalent is a plus

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