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IC Design Engineers

  • Location: Cambridge
  • Salary: Negotiable per year
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 8 months ago

We are recruiting for both experienced and less experienced IC Design Engineers to join a fabless semicon company based in central Cambridge, UK. Spun out of Cambridge Uni in the millennium, the company was bought out in 2015 by a global competitor in 2015. They develop low-cost ICs for power conversion products.

Growing rapidly and power continually adding to their portfolio of ICs which are used for products such as mains power supplies and lighting, they are looking for additional members of the team to:

  • Work within the Systems team to help optimally partition the system solution and make the most cost-effective integration trade-offs
  • Collaborate with the IC Design team to devise a chip architecture, refine it to block level and agree a chip floor plan
  • Come up with innovative circuit solutions to implement the complex and challenging functions and control schemes necessary to deliver target system performance
  • Capture your design in schematic form according to the methodology and quality standards developed and adopted by the design team
  • Share responsibility for compact cell layout with specialist layout designers in the team
  • Use best practice methods in analogue IC Design to ensure that first silicon behaves as it should and as simulated before tape out
  • Avoid circuits or layouts that might be inadequately modelled in the process design kit
  • Verify design correctness by comprehensive circuit simulations, including Monte Carlo methods
  • Design circuits for testability and manufacturability
  • Ensure that your circuits, when integrated in the complete chip with all its parasitics, deliver the required performance over process, supply voltage and temperature
  • Ensure that your circuits and layouts comply fully with the design rules (physical and electrical) of the process and its design kit
  • Get involved with peer review of the circuits and layouts created by colleagues in the IC Design team, to help maintain the team's first-time-success rate
  • Document your designs to the highest standards
  • Identify opportunities for patenting innovative circuit techniques and document your inventions for patent drafting

About You….

  • Degree in Electronics Engineering or related subject and, quite likely a second degree,
  • too (MSc or PhD)
  • Experience (more senior candidates should have 2+ years' extensive and demonstrable experience) of full custom analogue IC Design on CMOS or biCMOS processes using Cadence tools
  • Have designs already in production that serve high volume, cost driven end market applications
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of analogue circuit design, theory and practice, especially precision and micropower design
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of best-practice analogue IC design methods (theory and practice)
  • Appreciation of the importance of DFM/DFT and know the techniques used to achieve it
  • Understand the criticality of manufacturing yield
  • Methodical, detailed and systematic approach to work
  • Confident across the Microsoft Office suite
  • Be comfortable working in a process driven, ISO 9000 framework for new product introduction

Every day is different at this company. It's a real 'team effort' between the various global offices and people work together flexibly and without politics. They've got a fantastic facility based in central Cambridge, with free parking. Salary is very much dependent on skills and experience. They are also offering Stock Units, Private health insurance, EAP, ESPP (ability to purchase stocks at a discounted price of 15%), Company sick pay, Income Protection, Cycle to Work scheme and more.