Senior Principal Engineer, DDR validation lead

Cavium Networks, Inc.

Irvine, CA

About Marvell

At Marvell, we believe that infrastructure powers progress. That execution is as essential as innovation. That better collaboration builds better technology. Trusted by the world’s leading technology companies for 25 years, we move, store, process and secure the world’s data with semiconductor solutions designed for our customers’ current needs and future ambitions. Through a process of deep collaboration and transparency, we’re ultimately changing the way tomorrow’s enterprise, cloud, automotive, and carrier architectures transform—for the better.

The data infrastructure that our customers build has never been more critical to our global economy. It’s what’s keeping the world connected, businesses running, and information flowing. If you’re ready to excel, innovate, and truly enjoy your work, apply now for the position detailed below.

The Opportunity

Marvell is a leading provider of innovative storage technologies,
including ultra‐fast read channels, high‐performance processors, leading edge transceivers, highly efficient analog designs, and powerful cryptographic engines.
These solutions address all segments of the hard disk drive (HDD) and solid‐state drive (SSD) electronics markets. Many of the same technologies have been utilized in Marvell storage system solutions products, powering PCs, servers, cloud, and enterprise systems.

Job Responsibilities:

Design and execute post silicon validation tests for SSD Chipsets, during R&D processes.
Develop, port and execute bare metal SW to validate Storage SoC's.
Job will involve Pre and Post Si testing of the bare metal functionality of the Storage SoC, including characterization of DDR interface, performance and power measurement and tuning.
The candidate will also review and prepare test plans and test results documentation.
Develop testing and benchmarking applications.
Analyze the test results and generate professional validation reports.
Provide technical support to Field Application Engineers who support customers.
Provide technical support to Test Engineers who design tests for mass production.


Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related fields and 15+ years of related professional experience.
Master’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related fields with 10-12 years of experience.
PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related fields with 8-10 years of experience.

Good understanding of board schematics and layout, able to review and provide feedback on testability features required for validation.
Hands on experience using bench instruments such as: oscilloscopes, logic analyzer, power supply, signal generator.
In depth understanding of DDR 3/4/5 and LPDDR4x, LPDDR5 protocol and JEDEC Standard is required, experience with PCIe Gen3/4/5, SPI, I2C interfaces is a plus
Hands on experience with bus and network analyzers, high-speed oscilloscopes, TDR and spectrum analyzer.
Developing, supporting, and debugging DDR4/LPDDR4x/DDR5 training routines: Command Bus Training, Write Leveling, 1D and 2D Write training, 2D Read training, and ECC training.
Proficient in C, Python, Excel, strong debug, analysis, problem-solving skills with experience leading root cause and correction action teams. Inherent sense of urgency and accountability. Must have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
Must have effective interpersonal and teamwork skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Expected Base Pay Range (USD)

162,200 - 240,090, $ per annum

The successful candidate’s starting base pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location and market conditions. The expected base pay range for this role may be modified based on market conditions.

Additional Compensation and Benefit Elements

At Marvell, we offer a total compensation package with a base, bonus and equity.Additionally, we offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision coverage or opt-out credit; 401(k) with company match including pre-tax, roth and after-tax contributions; employee stock purchase program (ESPP); wellness & mental health support including coaching and therapy; family support programs including back up care, tutoring, and SNOO rental. Paid time off options include vacation time, holidays, volunteer days, sick time, family care leave, and bonding leave. For more information, please go to

Your Future

Marvell provides a work environment that promotes employee growth and development. We are searching for an individual who wants to grow with the company and will strive to improve performance. If you are driven, personable, and energetic, there will be additional opportunities for you here at Marvell.

At Marvell, we are doing our part to help keep our communities and our teams safe. As part of our efforts to address the Covid pandemic and future epidemics, you may be required at any time by our policies or applicable laws to provide proof of applicable vaccination or to present negative test results.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Any applicant who requires a reasonable accommodation during the selection process should contact Marvell HR Helpdesk at