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Reliability Engineer, R&D Engineering

JR-0000053316 Requisition #

Western Digital®

The next big thing in data is you!

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to join a team of talented engineers in advanced HDD recording head technology development. The job opening is for a full-time engineer to conduct research and development in the area of Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) head technology, specifically tackling challenges in reliability. You will be expected to analyze and organize experimental results and communicate findings to cross-functional teams at internal and external technical meetings, as well as leverage opportunities to initiate and develop intellectual property. 


  • Characterization of the optical performance and magnetic performance of HAMR heads over time,
  • Failure analysis, evaluation of new materials, designs, and/or processes toward improving reliability,
  • Imaging analysis automation,
  • New interface materials development,
  • Lifetime and performance data analysis and reporting.


  • Ph.D. degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Optics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Surface Science, or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following areas:
    • Reliability engineering, reliability prediction modeling, and failure / root cause analysis.
    • Scanned probe / electron microscopy, surface science, and related analytical methods.
    • Optical or magnetic device characterization.

Required skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership in research and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated expertise in experimental techniques in physical science.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work independently and within a team environment.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Industrial experience is desirable but not required.
  • Proficiency in scripting / coding and analysis with Python, JMP, Matlab, or similar programming packages.
  • Quantitative image analysis / feature recognition and automation.
  • Familiarity with database creation and maintenance using SQL / Python is desirable.
  • Experience in reliability validation and teardown failure analysis / root cause analysis is desirable.
  • Experience in statistical data analysis, building reliability models and reliability prediction is a plus.
  • Familiarity with micro- or nano-fabrication techniques and thin film deposition & characterization is a plus.
  • Experimental apparatus design and test instrument automation.


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.

Western Digital is an equal opportunity employer.

Western Digital does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming standards), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), gender (including a person’s gender identity, gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior, whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth), age, national origin, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status (including domestic partnership status), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected medical and family care leave, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. We also prohibit harassment of any individual on any of the characteristics listed above. Our non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment. We comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" poster.

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