SHPE 2022 Attendee, PhD-level New College Graduate and Internship

  • Full-time
  • Business Function: Engineering Support
  • Work Location: San Jose Great Oaks Headquarters--LOC_WDT_USCA23

Company Description

The future. It’s on you. You & Western Digital.

We’ve been storing the world’s data for more than 50 years. Once, it was the most important thing we could do for data. Now we’re helping the world capture, preserve, access and transform data in a way only we can.

The most game-changing companies, consumers, professionals, and governments come to us for the technologies and solutions they need to capture, preserve, access, and transform their data.

But we can’t do it alone. Today’s exceptional data challenges require your exceptional skills. It’s You & Us. Together, we’re the next big thing in data. 
Western Digital® data-centric solutions are found under the G-Technology™, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile™, Upthere™, and WD® brands.

Job Description

We are seeking highly motivated PhD candidates ready to apply their studies and contribute hands-on while working on our engineering teams. PhD candidates whose focus is towards, but not limited to, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering and are graduating from December 2022 to May 2024 are encouraged to apply. You will be considered for current and upcoming available new college grad roles and internships.  

We are recruiting for the following areas:   

  • Research & Design Hardware Development Engineering – The team is focused on developing new experiments from design to creation which will generate clear and actionable conclusions to guide the reliability improvement of Energy Assisted Magnetic Recording (EAMR) HDDs. In this role, you will develop novel instrumentation/ideas to evaluate thermal impacts on head/media components and interface material; participate and lead technical investigations from problem statement to conclusions; and liaise with the head/media component design team, modeling engineers, and HDD integration team to ensure a successful result.  

  • Device Engineering – In this role, you’ll focus on electrical characterization of flash memory chips with the goal of improving the Reliability & Performance of the memory cell. Day-to-day responsibilities include, performing electrical measurements of various aspect of memory cell reliability such as endurance, data retention, program/read disturb etc. and compare it across device from different process conditions following by statistical data analysis; working at root cause analysis of physical mechanism of cell reliability degradation and identifying their solutions that may comprise of optimizing electrical operation of memory cell; as well as improvement of cell fabrication process.  

  • Firmware Engineering – These candidates will develop embedded servo firmware for hard disk drives in the areas of servo loop design, optimization, calibration & actuator, spindle-motor control, etc. Responsibilities include, designing and implement Servo Loop design for hard disk drives; creating servo firmware development plans and schedules to meet deadline and development specifications; driving process / team / program changes and Influences team's outcomes; participating product development in Servo Loop design, integration and drive level failure analysis; and working independently and cross-functionally with the ASIC, Mechanical, Channel FW, and CTLR FW teams.   

About the LAUNCH New College Graduate Program - Upon being hired for a new college graduate role, you will be included in the LAUNCH Program. LAUNCH is a supplemental, year-long program to provide you with company insights and culture. In this program, you will navigate the start of your career towards your long-term aspirations. Program elements include:  

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion efforts and our Business Resource Groups networking  

  • Health & wellness events  

  • Philanthropic events  

  • Rewards & Recognition insight  

  • Exposure to training opportunities  

  • Professional insights from leaders and professionals  

  • Engaging networking activities with cohort  

Where are these roles located? You’ll have the opportunity to work with teams in:  

  • Milpitas, California  

  • San Jose, California  


  • PhD candidate whose focus is towards, but not limited to, Electrical Engineering and are Computer Engineering, and are graduating from December 2022 to May 2023 

  • Strong area of study in, but not limited to, electronics, nanofabrication, signal processing, optics, machine learning & artificial intelligence  

  • Focus in in HDD, flash, semiconductor, components, nonvolatile memory industry   

  • Effective in problem solving and communication with cross-functional teams    

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills  

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications   

  • 3 or more publications in area of study desired 

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.