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Principal Engineer Applications



Karlsruhe, Germany
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to be a part of something great? Want to join a 20,000-member team that works on the technology that powers the world around us? Looking for an atmosphere of trust, empowerment, respect, diversity, and communication? How about an opportunity to own a piece of a multi-billion dollar (with a B!) global organization? We offer all that and more at Microchip Technology, Inc.

People come to work at Microchip because we help design the technology that runs the world. They stay because our culture supports their growth and stability. They are challenged and driven by an incredible array of products and solutions with unlimited career potential. Microchip’s nationally-recognized Leadership Passage Programs support career growth where we proudly enroll over a thousand people annually. We take pride in our commitment to employee development, values-based decision making, and strong sense of community, driven by our Vision, Mission, and 11 Guiding Values; we affectionately refer to it as the Aggregate System and it’s won us countless awards for diversity and workplace excellence.

Our company is built by dedicated team players who love to challenge the status quo; we did not achieve record revenue and over 30 years of quarterly profitability without a great team dedicated to empowering innovation. People like you.

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Job Description:

Department Description

Microchip’s Automotive Information Systems Business Unit (AIS) delivers industry leading communication semiconductors to support emerging vehicle systems and industrial automation architectures.

The Applications group consists of six teams distributed over the three sites Austin, Karlsruhe and Chennai.

The department provides interfaces between customers, product marketing, design, validation and verification teams. We participate very actively in all stages of a product’s life cycle - from early definition of required features to proof of design goals achieved and support of the customers towards their start of production.

What will you do in this position

Reporting to the Senior Manager Applications you will be part of the Applications group. As a Principal Engineer Applications, you will have a technical and managerial role for the Software Applications team in Karlsruhe and a pure technical role for the team members in Chennai.

Your strong communication and writing skills will assist you while interfacing with various internal design, support, hardware, and marketing teams. You must be able to effectively communicate technical information to individuals with varying levels of expertise and use your technical knowledge to ask and answer customers questions.

What’s attractive about this opportunity.

This position will allow you to multiply your knowledge and experience through your team while receiving support from the organization.

With your team you will:

  • Create early prototypes of future and market leading wired networking products derived from customer input.

  • Bring early FPGA prototypes to live in an application context.

  • Create, release and support firmware examples and driver to support these products on our 8-, 16- and 32bit-MCU/MPUs plus competitor products.

  • Define and create demonstrators to showcase key differentiators of our products together with the marketing and hardware team and present those in public events.

Key job responsibilities/duties include:

  • Develop and grow the potential in your team from all possible levels.

  • Planning, distributing and tracking of work packages.

  • Collaborating between teams within the global organization to retrieve and provide necessary information.


  • A Master's or Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or an equivalent field of study

  • 7+ years of experience in embedded firmware programming

  • First management experience


  • Excellent motivational and leadership skills to drive distributed development teams.

  • Practical experience with MCU architectures including PIC, dsPIC and ARM

  • Very good C/C++ skills

  • Knowledge of vehicle communications systems including CAN, LIN, Ethernet.

  • Strong project management skills

  • Strong spoken and written communication skills

  • Understanding of automotive embedded system performance and robustness needs.

  • Knowledge of embedded software architecture and vehicle related standards like AUTOSAR.

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