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Staff Engineer, CAD

Zoek Pin San Diego, CA


Permanent (Full time)

Job Summary

The Staff CAD Engineer will be responsible for supporting circuit design EDA tools and process design kits (PDKs) for Analog, RF, Mixed-Signal, and Digital design flows using primarily Cadence tools. As an individual contributor, you will be expected to possess necessary programming skills and circuit design knowledge to allow you to QA, support, develop, and enhance the EDA tools and the associated PDKs used by the Design, Modeling, and Technology teams.

Roles & Responsibilities

This position has responsibility for:

  • Work with Design, Technology, and Modeling teams to define and develop PDKs
  • Develop, support, and maintain physical verification rule decks using Cadence PVS/Quantus
  • Execute roadmaps for PDK feature additions to improve designer productivity
  • Provide day-to-day technical support to the design, modeling, and technology teams
  • Maintain CAD policies, processes, and contribute to the development of best practices
  • Manage PDK release process
  • Evaluate and deploy new circuit design EDA tools as required to meet designer needs
  • Develop, maintain, and support utilities to improve productivity
  • Provide written documentation and training materials
  • Work closely with the EDA software vendors to resolve tool bugs and drive new feature additions
  • Participates in cross functional team meetings
  • Works closely with Design engineers; translates design into CAD update
  • Give direction to junior CAD team members

Competency Requirements

In order to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Critical Thinking: Skilled at finding logical flaws in arguments and plans; identifies problems and solutions that others might miss; provides detailed insight and constructive criticism into problems and complex situations
  • Working with Ambiguity: Achieves forward progress in the face of poorly defined situations and/or unclear goals; able to work effectively with limited or partial information
  • Displaying Technical Expertise: Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialized knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others
  • Driving for Results: Aggressively pursues challenging goals and objectives; will to put in considerable time and effort to accomplish objectives; takes a highly focused, goal driven approach toward work
  • Serving Customers: Builds strong relationships with customers; stays aware of customer needs, concerns and satisfaction; responds promptly to customer questions and requests; effectively manages customer expectations

Minimum Qualifications (Experience and Skills)

  • 8 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with developing and maintaining pCells within the Cadence environment
  • Experience with writing DRC/LVS rule decks
  • Experience with defining and implementing parasitic extraction methodologies
  • Hands on experience with scripting and software development (C, Perl, SKILL)
  • Hands on experience with Linux/UNIX operating systems
  • Familiarity with CAD system administration tasks
  • Familiarity with change and configuration management systems, issue tracking, and revision control systems

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and English proficiency
  • Self-motivated and team oriented

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.

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