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SPOT Physical Design Lead Engineer


Job Type

Full Time, Permanent

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Job description

The SPOT Physical Design Lead Engineer will plan and lead physical design activities for campany’s next-generation technology development. This will include both methodology development and day-to-day management of tape-outs driven by Advanced Development team. They will work closely with other members of the Advanced Development team and the broader engineering community to develop new ultra-low power methodologies, test them out, and then deploy them in sub-threshold and near-threshold test chips at 12nm and beyond. The lead engineer will also work closely with the Engineering team to transition new methodologies to support production chip development.

This is a “hands on” position that requires significant independent work but will also require management of a team of internal and contract resources and extensive cross-team collaboration. The successful candidate will be comfortable working both independently as well as in a leadership position collaborating with a variety of senior engineers. They will also be comfortable with the uncertainty that comes with new technology development and will have a strong sense of independent drive.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Investigate, plan, and test new physical design methodologies to enable sub-threshold and near-threshold circuits and other related low power techniques (e.g., adaptive body biasing, customized standard cells, specialized memory structures, etc.).

  • Validate and refine new techniques as part of a team that is building complex test chips in advanced nodes (e.g., 12nm and beyond).

  • Work with product development teams (Engineering team and Architecture and Product Planning team) to rapidly deploy newly developed techniques in products.

  • Plan and lead physical design activities for test chips owned by the Advanced Development team. As part of this effort, lead a small group of internal and contract resources.

  • Maintain a relationship with and collaborate with 3rd party CAD tool vendors during the development of new methodologies.


  • 10 years of experience serving as technical lead or manager for physical design in advanced SoCs.

  • A master’s degree in electrical engineering or a related field is required.

  • Experience serving as physical design lead in 16nm and beyond is required.

  • Experience building complex SoCs with a mix of processors, memories, and high-speed interfaces is required.

  • Experience running advanced timing flows (e.g., SOCV) and power-driven PD flows (e.g., multi-domain designs with a UPF/CPF flow) is required.

  • Experience developing new timing flows, custom standard cells, and power-driven PD flows is highly desirable.

  • Experience managing a small group of engineers is highly desirable.

  • Experience developing new technologies and transitioning those technologies to production is highly desirable.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature, and level, of the work performed by this position. It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted, as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.

We invite interested candidates to write-in with CV and regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a discussion.

Lee Shiow Chyn

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