Sr. Engineer - HAMR Writer Characterization at Seagate Technology

Location: Bloomington, MN, US

About our group:

The Characterization and Analytics Group (CAG) is responsible for characterization of advanced recording head technologies for Seagate’s HDD products. The HAMR DVL CAG team focuses on performance and reliability characterization of the writer and near-field transducer device to support Seagate’s new Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) technology.

About the role - you will:

  • Analyze performance and reliability data to provide in-depth analysis of the advantages and drawbacks of new head technologies

  • Develop new electrical test methods and metrics to better characterize writer/NFT designs and failure modes

  • Collaborate with design groups on test validation and DOE plans to assess new design concepts

  • Perform electrical failure analysis testing to determine root cause of problematic heads

About you:

  • Ph.D. in an engineering or scientific discipline with 0-5 years of experience (M.S. may be considered with more experience)

  • Knowledge of engineering data analysis (inferential statistics, DOE’s, regression, time-based series, etc.)

  • Experience in coding and using electrical test equipment/systems to conduct lab experiments

  • Knowledge of statistical software (JMP, Minitab, Python, R), database query (SQL, Hadoop) and/or machine learning

  • Knowledge of magnetic recording, magnetic or optical devices. Familiarity with wafer processes, material/surface science and material analysis (electron microscopy, AFM) is a plus.


Our Normandale campus spans two suburbs, Edina and Bloomington, and serves as the Recording Head development and manufacturing arm of Seagate. Located in the heart of a bustling community, Seagate offers an on-site café, or if you prefer, you can drive to one of many restaurants just minutes away. Need to grab a gift over lunch time? Shopping is abundant in the area. If working out is your thing, the on-site fully equipped fitness center hosts wellness programs, outdoor activities, tournaments and group workouts. Looking for something more laid back? Reset in one of our meditation rooms, or simply take a walk around our indoor walking path. On-site cultural festivals, celebrations and community volunteer opportunities also abound.

Location: Normandale, United States

Travel: Up to 10%

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