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Qualcomm Physical Design Engineer - Class Leading Audio and Voice Products, Qualcomm, Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom


Qualcomm Technologies International Ltd

Job Area:

Engineering Group, Engineering Group > ASICS Engineering

General Summary:


Synthesis, Implementation, Digital design, Primetime, Design Compiler, DC, Genus, DFT, ATPG, scan, power, LEC, formal verification, UPF, CPF, timing, SDC

Where you will be working

Cambridge in England is the premier high-tech hub in the country. It has a wealth of world-class high-profile tech companies, QUALCOMM leading amongst them. It is a vibrant University city with all the facilities and amenities you would expect.

About Us

Qualcomm Cambridge is based in the North of the city on the Cambridge Business Park, part of the renowned Cambridge Science Park, a greenfield site with lakes, walking and cycle paths.

The Cambridge QTI engineering team is continuing to expand in the Voice & Music and IoT Sectors. We offer a full end-to-end service for leading-edge Low-Power Mixed-Signal SOCs from feasibility study through Systems Architecture, Digital and Analogue design, Verification, Validation, Implementation, Layout, Embedded Software design and ATE Test, Production and Characterisation. We are the R&D engine that benefits the world in three ways: Enabling Customers, Transforming Industries and Enriching Lives.

Equal Opportunities & Equal Pay

We are an Equal Opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any protected classification.

Giving Back

Employees in Cambridge have a strong sense of community. We are encouraged through the philanthropic endeavours of the Qualcomm Foundation to support causes that matter to us.

What's on Offer

Apart from working in an open, relaxed and collaborative space, you will enjoy:

  • Salary, stock and performance related bonus

  • Free Lunch!

  • Maternity/Paternity Leave

  • Employee stock purchase scheme

  • Matching pension scheme

  • Education Assistance

  • Relocation and immigration support

  • Life, Medical, Income and Travel Insurance

  • Subsidised Health club membership / Onsite Gym

  • Bicycle purchase scheme

  • Employee run clubs, including, running, football, chess, badminton + many more

Minimum Qualifications:

• Required: Bachelor or Master degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or closely related field

• 6+ months of experience of digital design, verification, synthesis or related work experience

• Recent Graduates also welcome to apply

About the role:

The Cambridge Chip Implementation team is looking for a physical implementation engineer to help design and develop Qualcomm's pioneering range of IoT and Voice and Music products. This is a great opportunity to start your career where your work will result in products you can see and purchase.

With over 10 billion devices shipped, the Cambridge team have a strong track record in creating market-leading products which bring new audio and power advantages to our customers. Working in Cambridge, the team have the opportunity to work alongside colleagues in the software, packaging, analogue design and silicon verification teams. This creates a unique environment where you can learn how each team interacts to create the final product.

Working closely with others, the successful candidate will learn the ASIC physical design flow and gain experience of deep sub-micron technologies (e.g. FinFet) and low power design. As part of the Chip Implementation team, this role gives great opportunity to work on a wide range of different technical areas: from synthesis and constraint generation to placement, routing, timing analysis, formal verification and physical layout checks.


  • Create block or chip level floorplans which integrate analogue and digital blocks

  • Run placement, clock tree synthesis, routing flows

  • Run signoff tools to check timing, power and area goals are met

  • Participate in design reviews

  • Identify areas for flow and process improvements.

  • Support the creation of ECO scripts to incorporate late design changes or timing fixes.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Great attention to detail and strong communication skills

  • Experience of digital or analogue layout

  • Experience of RTL design (e.g. verilog or VHDL) or static timing analysis

  • Previous exposure to commercial EDA tools (e.g. Design Compiler, Innovus, Primetime)

  • Hands-on experience developing timing constraints or CPF/UPF power constraints

  • Knowledge of physical design, static timing or transistor level layout

  • Proficient in scripting languages like Perl, Python, TCL or GNU Make

*References to a particular number of years experience are for indicative purposes only. Applications from candidates with equivalent experience will be considered, provided that the candidate can demonstrate an ability to fulfill the principal duties of the role and possesses the required competencies.

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