Principal Physical IC Design Engineer at Morse Micro

Digital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia sydney engineering design
Posted 23 days ago

Are you an expert Physical IC Design Engineer with experience in taking RTL to GDS-II at cutting edge technology nodes? Do you want to play a key role in building next-generation Wi-Fi chips that will truly enable the Internet of Things? Keen to make a real difference in a VC-backed startup and work in a dynamic & fun environment? Then join Australia’s fastest growing semiconductor company based in Sydney, Australia! You’ll work with the team that invented Wi-Fi 20 years ago, and help shape the future of Wi-Fi.

You will be responsible for taking our designs through a low power PnR & signoff flow. You will work closely and iteratively with the digital design engineers to ensure best-possible power and performance QoR, and help ensure design correctness through to tapeout.

The ideal candidate has experience working in a small team and has set up and run a complete RTL to GDS-II flow before from scratch.

We are open to sponsoring a work visa for the right candidate.

As Principal Physical IC Design Engineer, your responsibilities would include:

  • Owning the RTL to GDS-II flow
  • Developing and running of PnR and timing signoff flow
  • Experience implementing designs consisting of multiple power domains
  • Running IR drop and power analysis
  • Experience running RTL synthesis and DFT flow
  • Managing overseas PnR contractors
  • Interacting with frontend and analog teams to get the design through to tapeout whilst meeting performance and power metrics
  • Assist with gate-level digital and AMS chip verification
  • Providing overall technical expertise and brilliance

To be successful in this role, the ideal candidate would have the following skills and experience:

Essential skills (you must have):

  • BSc or MSc in Electrical / Electronics Engineering or Computer Science
  • ASIC design engineer with 5+ years of relevant industry experience
  • A deep understanding of digital design fundamentals including low power and multi-clock-domain design for mass-produced, mixed-signal chips
  • Expert user of:
    • Cadence Innovus or Synopsys IC Compiler for backend
    • Cadence Tempus or Synopsys PrimeTime for timing signoff
    • Cadence Voltus or Synopsys PrimePower for power signoff
  • Basic user of:
    • Mentor Tessent, Cadence Modus or Synopsys Testmax for DFT
    • Cadence Genus or Synopsys Design Compiler for synthesis
  • Experience with:
    • ECO implementation flows
    • Low power UPF / CPF flows
    • Scripting languages such as Perl or, Python
    • Revision control systems such as git or svn
    • Linux development environment incl shell, make, etc
  • Industry experience with advanced mixed-signal technology nodes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to document - and keep updated - instructions on running and debugging flows
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • A determination to deliver even when subject to time pressures
  • A hands-on, practical attitude

Bonus skills (these will make you stand out in your application):

  • Experience managing a small team of backend engineers
  • Gate-level verification in Cadence ncsim or Synopsys VCS
  • RTL coding in SystemVerilog, Verilog or VHDL

Who we are:

Morse Micro is a fabless semiconductor company building Wi-Fi HaLow (802.11ah) chips for the Internet of Things (IoT). We are a team of wireless experts that love to innovate & invent. Together, we are building the world’s lowest power Wi-Fi technology that will enable billions of IoT devices to connect securely to the internet. Today we are a team of thirty-six based in Sydney & Picton (Australia) and Irvine, CA, Boston, MA (USA) and Hangzhou, China. We will be growing significantly in the next two years, expanding into more overseas offices.

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary + excellent stock option package
  • Potential to sponsor a long term work visa for the right candidate
  • Healthy work environment with sit/stand desks and large screens
  • Office perks such as stocked drinks fridge, snack bar and barista coffee
  • Newly fitted-out offices, with a relaxed, friendly work environment

How to apply:

If you are interested in building the first fully-integrated 802.11ah chipset together with the inventors of Wi-Fi, then send us your resume and application letter via the application form below.