Tim Cook is heading out to Israel in a few days to inaugurate what will be Apple’s biggest overseas R&D center in Herzliya, but before the place gets Cook’s official visit, Apple is already looking to expand its staff.
Apple announced that its hiring 49 more positions for the Herzliya headquarters as wells as posts at its Haifa office. The 12,500 square-meter Herzliya offices are scheduled to open this week includes a gourmet restaurant, a fish pond and green surroundings.
Some of the new job posts include the following:
Hardware Stability Test Engineers, Design and Integration Engineers, CAD Engineers, SoC Back-End Engineers, Analog IP Design engineers, and Computer Vision Algorithm Managers.
Most of the employees at the R&D center work for the flash memory company Anobit, and movement sensor maker PrimeSense. The two companies were acquired by Apple in 2012 and 2013.
The new center will focus work on the areas of storage space, processors and communications chips. Cook’s visit to the area has been mired in speculation, though Apple hasn’t announced an official visit. Israeli media have widely reported that Cook has already landed in the country for what was supposed to be a hush-hush trip, however Cook’s Twitter feed indicates he was still in the U.S. on Tuesday.