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Cellular Systems Engineer, Power and Performance



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Software Engineering
Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2023


Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience
  • 3 years of experience in Wireless communication technologies
  • Experience in one or multiple protocol layers of LTE or 5G technology (e.g.,L1, MAC, RRM, NAS, RRC, etc.)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master's or PhD degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering
  • Experience optimizing modem power consumption in consumer products such as latency, throughput, and coverage
  • Knowledge of power management architectures for cellular mobile platforms
  • Ability to write Python scripts to automate test equipment or log analysis

About the job

As a Cellular Systems Engineer, you'll have influence, drive, and work with cellular modems for Pixel phones and Devices and Services. You'll propose new features and develop/improve algorithms in order to achieve exceptional power and performance. In the process, you'll interact with software and hardware teams working across all layers from the hardware and Physical Layer Device (PHY) layers to Android.

The Google Pixel team focuses on designing and delivering the world's most helpful mobile experience. The team works on shaping the future of Pixel devices and services through some of the most advanced designs, techniques, products, and experiences in consumer electronics. This includes bringing together the best of Google’s artificial intelligence, software, and hardware to build global smartphones and create transformative experiences for users across the world.

The US base salary range for this full-time position is $119,000-$175,000 + bonus + equity + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process.

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  • Understand mobile power management, L1/L2/L3 cellular protocols, and end-to-end cellular architecture in order to propose new algorithms/architecture improvements for cellular power and performance.
  • Analyze modem logs and help design tests/setup to validate the fixes and new features.
  • Characterize existing solutions and identify areas for feature improvement (e.g., RRM, OOS, band search, thermal throttling mitigations, antenna Rx switch diversity, etc.).
  • Conduct lab and live network measurements for cellular power/performance, in order to propose new or improve existing algorithms to achieve best power and performance in real user scenarios.
  • Manage a cellular power dashboard, optimizing power across RF, Modem, and Protocol layers.

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