Physical Design Verification Engineer

  • Ampere
  • Santa Clara, CA, USA
  • Nov 08, 2021
Full time Engineering

Job Description

This position can be located in Santa Clara, CA or in Portland, OR

The Role

As a member of the PDV Team, you'll own chip-level physical design verification, physical verification flow automation, and physical design reviews

What you'll do

  • Responsibilities include partition and chip-level level ownership of physical design verification (PDV), and physical design reviews
  • Execute and debug final verification flows in preparation for gds tape out delivery (DRC, LVS, DFM, Antenna, Density Fill Routines, XOR, etc.)
  • LVS / DRC check coding
  • Support all PDV sign-off scripts at partition and at chip-level
  • Support on metal-fill and density check for all partitions and at the chip-level
  • Support on DRC fixes for FinFet designs
  • Work with multiple sites in a team environment, particularly with offices in the US, India, and Vietnam

What you'll bring

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience
  • Background with FinFets and double exposure metallization is highly desired
  • Familiarity with Cadence and Mentor tools is required
  • Shell, Skill, Calibre and other programming knowledge 
  • Familiarity with Physical Verification flow automation
  • Familiar in identifying and addressing issues often found at the chip level, some of which include:
    • Density
    • Latch up triggered failures
    • Abutment conflicts
    • Data integrity
    • Short isolation and open/swapped nets


  • BS / MS in EE/CSE

Perks in Santa Clara

  • Office has panoramic views of Silicon Valley
  • Garage parking
  • Gym and café on campus
  • Healthy snacks and drinks
  • Standing desks
  • Ping-pong
  • Unlimited Flextime

Perks in Portland 

  • Walking distance of breweries, landscaped parks, art galleries, restaurants and shops
  • Garage parking 
  • On-site bike parking and repair station
  • Gym 
  • On-site café, bar, and market 
  • Roof top terrace with Willamette River views
  • Healthy snacks, espresso and drinks 
  • Standing /Ergo friendly desk set up
  • Game room
  • Unlimited Flextime and 10+ paid holidays

About Ampere

Ampere is designing the future of hyperscale cloud and edge computing with the world’s first cloud native processor. Built for the cloud with a modern 64-bit Arm server-based architecture, Ampere gives customers the freedom to accelerate the delivery of all cloud computing applications. With industry-leading cloud performance, power efficiency and scalability, Ampere processors are tailored for the continued growth of cloud and edge computing.

Our Story  

Like the scientist behind its name, Ampere employees are innovators. We understand the needs of cloud computing and different software requirements. We are inventing what comes next and looking at everything from the structure of memory and how efficient the system is, to considerations on speed, cost of electricity and ability to cool. Power, size, weight and cost are driving the technology requirements and the innovation to come.

Our world class team of engineers, with depth and expertise in the cloud and semiconductor industries, is not only focused on the development of new semiconductor designs but also building out the first software ecosystem for Arm®-based server processors. Through the Ampere approach to the cloud and edge, we give our customers the freedom to challenge the status quo and accelerate next-generation data centers for the most memory-intensive applications.  Given the challenge we have outlined, we are building a culture of entrepreneurs that ensure customers come first, proactively approaching industry challenges in the areas of security, power and performance, delivering results that matter most.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.