Samsung Electronics, which posted more than 14 trillion won (US$12.17 billion) in operating profit in the second quarter, is making an every effort to attract research and development (R&D) talent in order to secure its new future growth engine.
According to electronics industry sources on July 10, Samsung Electronics is now hiring new employees with Ph.D., who will be in charge of researching and developing component & system, material and platform technologies at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology.
In the component & system sectors, new employees will conduct future studies related to system-on-chip (SOC) design, recognition function, autonomous driving, deep learning and AI, radar software and hardware, mobile healthcare and micro sensor.
In the material sector, they will research and develop organic substances and minerals, functional high molecule and battery materials. In the platform sector, they will conduct research on calculation and scientific analysis.
Samsung Electronics is recruiting new employees by open competition and thinning out its R&D workforce at the same time. The company has recently received an application for software engineer positions through its internal job posting site is and relocating their employees.
Samsung Electronics’ R&D department is divided into three smaller units – Development Team for the short term, Research Institute for the medium term and Advanced Institute of Technology for the long term. Each unit carries out different projects according to target and result. The Development Team in the business sector develops technologies that can commercialize in the market within one to two years. The Research Institute develops medium and long-term technologies which are promising in three to five years.
The Advanced Institute of Technology, which is Samsung Group’s central R&D organization, takes charge of projects that take more than five years. In particular, it presents the R&D direction for promising technologies and manages other R&D units, drawing the future map of Samsung Electronics.
Samsung Electronics is making huge investments in R&D for potential new growth engines. The company increased R&D investments by 50 percent from 10 trillion won (US$8.69 billion) in 2011 to 15 trillion won (US$13.04 billion) last year.