Lead RF Engineer

Who we are

Samsara (NYSE: IOT) is the pioneer of the Connected Operations™ Cloud, which is a platform that enables organizations that depend on physical operations to harness Internet of Things (IoT) data to develop actionable insights and improve their operations. At Samsara, we are helping improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of the physical operations that power our global economy. Representing more than 40% of global GDP, these industries are the infrastructure of our planet, including agriculture, construction, field services, transportation, and manufacturing — and we are excited to help digitally transform their operations at scale.

Working at Samsara means you’ll help define the future of physical operations and be on a team that’s shaping an exciting array of product solutions, including Video-Based Safety, Vehicle Telematics, Apps and Driver Workflows, Equipment Monitoring, and Site Visibility. As part of a recently public company, you’ll have the autonomy and support to make an impact as we build for the long term.

About the role:

We’re looking for a Staff RF Engineer to join our team. The team is responsible for product development across several Samsara product lines and new technology investigations. In the day-to-day, you will be responsible for championing board-level and system-level RF electronics design. You will lead the design of RF subsystems and products through feasibility, design, development, and validation encompassing chipset selection and antenna for Cellular, Wi-Fi, BT, GPS, UWB, Satellite, etc. We run a collaborative process working closely with customers, PM, EE, PD, SW, EPM, Rel, and QA to make excellent decisions.

You should apply if:

You want to impact the industries that run our world: Your efforts will result in real-world impact—helping to keep the lights on, get food into grocery stores, reduce emissions, and most importantly, ensure workers return home safely.

You are the architect of your own career: If you put in the work, this role won’t be your last at Samsara. We set up our employees for success and have built a culture that encourages rapid career development, and countless opportunities to experiment and master your craft in a hyper-growth environment.

You’re energized by our opportunity: The vision we have to digitize large sectors of the global economy requires your full focus and best efforts to bring forth creative, ambitious ideas for our customers.

You want to be with the best: At Samsara, we win together, celebrate together and support each other. You will be surrounded by a high-caliber team that will encourage you to do your best.

Click here to learn about what we value at Samsara.

In this role, you will:

Create RF subsystem architecture, design, develop, and test RF circuits, modules, and antenna through all phases of the development process
Review board-level schematic design and PCB layout of RF circuits and system-level integration via simulation or link budgets analysis etc.
Bring up RF subsystems and enable product teams to develop next-generation products or new product proof of concept
Characterize and validate board-level and system-level RF subsystem performance and design margins
Root cause analysis for build failures or field failures, and implement design changes accordingly
Conduct research: stay abreast of the latest wireless technologies from all the top semiconductor companies and evaluate the leading edge technologies, including 4G/5G Cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, GNSS, UWB, mmWave, Satellite, and more
Integrate EVKs to showcase new technology concepts and demos to contribute to Samsara’s product roadmap
Actively participate in sampling customer experience and improving product performance
Work closely with product teams to manage top JDM companies to design, validate, certify, and manufacture quality products in high-volume
Champion, role model, and uplevel the cross-functional team to exhibit Samsara values and leadership principles (Focus on Customer Success, Build for the Long Term, Growth Mindset, Win as a Team)

Minimum requirements for the role:

10+ years of professional industry experience in RF circuits and module development
Proficient in board-level schematic design and PCB layout of RF circuits
Experience working on 4G/5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GNSS, Satellite communication
Experience working with RF chipset or module vendors, test instrument suppliers, JDM partners, and shipping high-quality products
Proficient in simulation tools such as CST and ADS, as well as EDA tools such as Altium or Cadence
Experience with lab instruments such as network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, signal generators, and oscilloscopes
Ability to deal with product requirements ambiguity and design trade-offs
Bachelors or masters in RF engineering or similar
Good written and verbal communication skills
This role is based in the San Francisco Bay Area

An ideal candidate also has:

Experience with antenna simulation and design is a plus.
EMI/EMC design and mitigation techniques
Thrives in an environment that requires rapid deployment and product iteration based on customer feedback
Practical knowledge of Wi-Fi, BLE, LTE, 5G, satellite, GNSS, etc.
Experience in building RF labs for hardware development, characterization, validation, failure analysis, etc.
Forward-thinking to build processes, identify opportunities, solve hardware technical problems, and a go-to person for any RF related technical issues
Experience in system engineering best practices and product compliance and certification and regulation considerations, including FCC, PTCRB, CTIA, ETSI, TIA/EIA, etc.

Samsara’s Compensation Philosophy: Samsara’s compensation program is designed to deliver Total Direct Compensation (based on role, level, and geography) that is at or above market. We do this through our base salary + bonus/variable + restricted stock unit awards (RSUs) for eligible roles. For eligible roles, a new hire RSU award may be awarded at the time of hire, and additional RSU refresh grants may be awarded annually.

We pay for performance, and top performers in eligible roles may receive above-market equity refresh awards which allow employees to achieve higher market positioning.

The range of annual base salary for full-time employees for this position is below. Please note that base pay offered may vary depending on factors including your city of residence, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.$131,040—$234,000 USD

At Samsara, we welcome everyone regardless of their background. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, and other characteristics protected by law. We depend on the unique approaches of our team members to help us solve complex problems. We are committed to increasing diversity across our team and ensuring that Samsara is a place where people from all backgrounds can make an impact.


Full time employees receive a competitive total compensation package along with employee-led remote and flexible working, health benefits, Samsara for Good charity fund, and much, much more. Take a look at our Benefits site to learn more.


Samsara is an inclusive work environment, and we are committed to ensuring equal opportunity in employment for qualified persons with disabilities. Please email [email protected] or click hereif you require any reasonable accommodations throughout the recruiting process.

Flexible Working

At Samsara, we embrace a flexible working model that caters to the diverse needs of our teams. Our offices are open for those who prefer to work in-person and we also support remote work where it aligns with our operational requirements. For certain positions, being close to one of our offices or within a specific geographic area is important to facilitate collaboration, access to resources, or alignment with our service regions. In these cases, the job description will clearly indicate any working location requirements. Our goal is to ensure that all members of our team can contribute effectively, whether they are working on-site, in a hybrid model, or fully remotely. All offers of employment are contingent upon an individual’s ability to secure and maintain the legal right to work at the company and in the specified work location, if applicable.

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