Failure Analysis Engineer at Acacia Communications
Maynard, MA, US

Acacia Communications is an optical networking technology company that empowers cloud and content providers to connect at the speed of light enabling them to meet the rapidly increasing consumer demands for data.



Founded by prominent industry experts Acacia designs, develops, manufactures, and sells advanced solutions to the optical transport and network infrastructure. Our products incorporate sophisticated signal processing and photonic integration for the 100G, 400G and 1T+ bit speed fiber optic transmission market deployed in data center, metro, long-haul and ultra-long haul telecommunication networks.  Our mission is to develop and market intelligent subsystems for ultra-high speed optical interconnect. We are looking for experienced enthusiastic people with high energy and a team attitude who have the right experience and want to work at the forefront of fiber optic transmission subsystems.


Job Description

Leads the evaluation of optical, electrical and mechanical characteristics of systems and/or integrated circuits, components, and sub-components to verify failures and isolate to the root cause. Analyses failure reports and recommends corrective action with a cross-functional team. Develops methods, processes, procedures, tools and systems that will improve the accuracy, speed and efficiency of failure analysis processes and reduce failures.


Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical oversight, review and support of FA processes both within Acacia and with business partners such as contract manufacturers and FA service providers
  • Resolve FA escalations in a timely manner with feedback and corrective actions to minimize future escalations
  • Develop and implement methodologies, processes, procedures, tools and systems that will improve the overall accuracy, speed and efficiency of failure analysis processes
  • Negotiate with Operations and Design Engineering teams to harness knowledge and resources and apply effectively apply to successfully complete FA projects, activities and requirements
  • Review and approve FA reports to confirm technical accuracy around the consistent confirmation and analysis of customer failures in a timely and complete manner 
  • Employ data and metrics to measure and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of failure analysis systems
  • Conduct field failure trend analysis and help develop effective corrective actions to reduce return rates
  • Enhance the overall throughput and quality of FA reporting to provide the highest class of customer experience


    Key Experience and Skills:

  • Good understanding of coherent transceiver products, electronic and RF circuits, optical/RF components and optical transmission test methodologies and key parameters
  • Familiar with application of coherent transceivers in optical networks
  • Excellent FA techniques at sub-systems, components and device levels
  • Comprehensive documentation and reporting skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced growth environment, take ownership of issues, initiate action plans, and make effective decisions to obtain effective results.
  • Experience co-managing resources at Contact Manufacturers globally
  • Experience conducting experiments and analysis of data to provide summaries as trends and distributions
  • Python Scripting skills to automate test cases to propagate out customer failures  and  capture  product data
  • Instrumentation skills with oscilloscopes, pattern generator/error detector, electrical and optical spectrum analyzers




    Minimum Education and Considerations:

  • BS with 5 years’ experience in failure analysis or sustaining engineering functions for high bit rate coherent optical transceivers, line cards and/or terminal equipment
  • Available to travel no more than once per quarter to support Asian manufacturing partners


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