Sr Engineer - Advanced Data Storage Physicist


Bloomington, MN, US

Job ID:  8969

About our group:


The Advanced Data Storage and Memory Devices group is responsible for guiding component and system design for the Company’s ten-year product roadmap – providing insight that informs both near term and +100 TB HDD designs. It does so through the execution of advanced experiments as proof of concept of advanced magnetic recording and emerging memory technologies. The team also performs modeling and simulation of magnetic, optical, thermal, and transport phenomena to understand experimental observations and guide future experiments and designs. Machine learning and artificial intelligence is used extensively for analyzing experimental data, model acceleration, and design optimization.


This position will focus on research into advanced recording heads, media, and system designs for high-capacity hard drives. This will likely involve extensive experimentation and/or modeling using state-of-the-art tools, as well as looking into innovations and novel concepts from academia and other industries and translating them into HDD designs. Leveraging of AI/ML tools will be expected for accelerating design and understanding of physical mechanisms.

About the role - you will:


  • Conduct research on advanced energy assisted magnetic recording systems.
  • Work closely with engineers and scientists from different organizations within Seagate to deliver design ideas for the Company’s ten-year roadmap.
  • Develop models and/or perform experiments to explore advanced recoding physics.
  • Contribute to Seagate’s IP portfolio in the form of invention disclosures, patents, trade secrets, peer-reviewed journal articles, and/or white papers, as well as participation in academic conferences

About you:


  • You must be able to manage multiple tasks concurrently.
  • You must be able to work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of engineers and technicians.
  • You have demonstrated innovation and are a self-motivated worker.
  • You have an intense desire to learn.
  • You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Your experience includes:


  • Experience in programming languages, data analysis software, and machine learning frameworks preferred.
  • A Ph.D. in an engineering or scientific discipline.



Our Normandale campus spans two suburbs, Edina and Bloomington, and serves as the Recording Head development and manufacturing arm of Seagate. Located in the heart of a bustling community, Seagate offers an on-site café, or if you prefer, you can drive to one of many restaurants just minutes away. Need to grab a gift over lunch time? Shopping is abundant in the area. If working out is your thing, the on-site fully equipped fitness center hosts wellness programs, outdoor activities, tournaments and group workouts. Looking for something more laid back? Reset in one of our meditation rooms, or simply take a walk around our indoor walking path. On-site cultural festivals, celebrations and community volunteer opportunities also abound.


Location: Normandale, United States
Travel: None

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With more than four decades of storage innovation, Seagate empowers humanity to thrive in the data age and helps people and businesses navigate the ever-expanding data landscape. 

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