Thermal Architect, DCGAP Thermal Mechanical Engineer

Location: Austin, Texas, US

Company: Advanced Micro Devices

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At AMD, we push the boundaries of what is possible.  We believe in changing the world for the better by driving innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies – building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the data center. 

Developing great technology takes more than talent: it takes amazing people who understand collaboration, respect, and who will go the “extra mile” to achieve unthinkable results.  It takes people who have the passion and desire to disrupt the status quo, push boundaries, deliver innovation, and change the world.   If you have this type of passion, we invite you to take a look at the opportunities available to come join our team.

PMTS Thermal Architect, DCGAP Thermal Mechanical Engineering


As a Principal Member of Technical Staff (PMTS) in the Data Center and GPU Accelerated Processing (DCGAP) Thermal Mechanical Engineering department, you will be responsible for the thermal architecture, mechanical design, and technology development for the AMD Data Center GPUs products in this expanding and strategic market for AMD.  In addition, you will also drive the thermal design of these products at a chip module, card, and system-level.  To accomplish this, you will need to interact with other key engineering teams such as silicon design, boarding engineering, validation, and manufacturing and leaders within AMD, our customers, and our partners.



The PMTS Thermal Architect in the Thermal Mechanical Engineering team will have excellent communication skills, planning skills, technical expertise, broad technical leadership skills, and critical problem-solving skills. They will be market savvy and comfortable in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment.



The PMTS Thermal Architect in the Thermal Mechanical Engineering team will be responsible for assisting in the technical leadership of a small, but highly focused global engineering team based in Austin, Texas.  The successful candidate will have a thermal/mechanical development background focusing on the integration of silicon devices into products and work as part of a global team in delivering commercially viable products to the marketplace in a timely and cost-effective manner.


The PMTS will manage work assignments and coordinate results with a cross functional team, as well as developing key relationships with OEM/ODM customers.  The position includes focusing on the technology development and productization of thermal architecture, packaging technologies, production control, and system-level technologies for AMD’s products.   


Specific pre-silicon work would include activities such as thermal feature/architecture definition and design, package technology development, thermal modeling, and system development for specific AMD markets.  Specific post-silicon work includes test planning and creation, characterization, data analysis, and customer/reference system design and characterization.  This role requires considerable use of initiative and independent judgment.


The selected candidate will have the ability to ‘influence’ and effectively communicate their vision throughout the organization. They will be a driver of continuous improvement and new ways of thinking by promoting new ideas/perspectives around thermal design, architectures, and product definition.


The following defines successful performance criteria for the position:

  • Commercialization – The PMTS will bring together hardware, software, product development and manufacturing activities to deliver commercially-viable products/platforms to the marketplace in a timely and cost-effective manner.  The position will drive engineering work that spans abroad timeline from innovative technology development to productization.
  • Technology Roadmap/ Product Development Plan – The role will be expected to review, summarize, and regularly update the technology roadmap and product development execution plan for the team
  • Continuous Improvement – The role will be expected to constantly drive process improvements while executing fast time-to-market on products.  Key metrics will show progress and enable the setting of targets.  Performance metrics and process improvements will be utilized to drive continuous improvements



The PMTS Thermal Architect of the Thermal Mechanical Engineering team must have demonstrated the ability to be a constant force for innovation and improvement throughout their career. The successful candidate must have experience leading senior-level engineers and will play a pivotal role in empowering and strengthening the core values of this team. Our selected candidate will use his/her proven leadership and architecture skills to ensure the engineering team continuously innovates, uses ‘best practices’ and adds value for its customers.


Critical Experiences & Competencies for Success:

  • Technical Leadership Experience - At least eight (8+) years of technical subject matter leadership experience in a large, fast paced environment. Other experiences should include demonstrated accomplishments in growing, mentoring junior engineers, providing technical and career guidance, and ultimately building fully functional leadership teams. Project management of multiple technically diverse programs in parallel is required.
  • Technical Experience - Solid understanding of thermal design and thermal analysis. Semiconductor device physics knowledge is a plus. The selected candidates should understand and be proficient in the development of thermal/mechanical solutions at the silicon, package, and system-level for semi-conductor products; data analysis and characterization, optimization of packaging for increased quality and cost improvement of high-end semiconductor products such as microprocessors.  
  • Thermal Modelling - Working knowledge of statistical analysis, thermal analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and multiphase physics analysis. Icepak and Ansys experience a plus. 
  • Strategic Thinking -   The decisions made by this position will have long term impact on the capability and competitiveness of the organization.  As a result, this person must be skilled at defining and implementing strategies in a dynamic, high-tech business environment that involves significant uncertainty, difficult competition, and potential for new entrants.
  • Teamwork - Effective collaboration with the entire company, operations, vendors, and external partners is particularly critical for success.  Leading by example and instilling effective teamwork throughout the organization is imperative.  



BS +8 yrs in Mechanical Engineering or applied physics is preferred.  Any speculation in related field is advantageous.   An advanced Engineering degree would be an added plus.



Austin, Texas




Requisition Number: 138922 
Country: United States State: Texas City: Austin 
Job Function: Product Engineering  


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