CPU Physical Design CAD Engineer

Qualcomm Incorporated



Santa Clara, CA


Position summary


Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Job Area:

Engineering Group, Engineering Group > CPU Engineering

General Summary:

NUVIA is now part of Qualcomm. Our mission is to reimagine silicon and create computing platforms that will transform the industry. You will have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and passionate engineers in the world to create designs that push the envelope on performance, energy efficiency and scalability.

As Physical Design CAD engineer, you will build and support the world’s best implementation tools and flows. Your tools and flows will ensure our products have industry-leading power, performance and area.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop, integrate and release new features in our high-performance place-and-route CAD flow
  • Architect and recommend methodology improvements to ensure our silicon has the best power, performance and area
  • Maintain and support implementation flows, and resolve project-specific issues 
  • Work with vendors to define roadmap and to resolve tool issues

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science
  • Ten years of hands-on experience in place-and-route of high-performance chips - either in a design or CAD role
  • High level of proficiency in Tcl as well as one of either Perl or Python
  • Experience with automation
  • Experience with a wide variety of Physical Design tasks - ranging all the way from place-and-route, analysis, timing sign-off and PDV
  • Strong user of industry-standard place-and-route tools such as Cadence Innovus or Synopsys Fusion Compiler
  • Proven track record of managing and regressing place-and-route flows

Although this role has some expected minor physical activity, this should not deter otherwise qualified applicants from applying. If you are an individual with a physical or mental disability and need an accommodation during the application/hiring process, please call Qualcomm’s toll-free number found here for assistance. Qualcomm will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, to support individuals with disabilities as part of our ongoing efforts to create an accessible workplace.

Qualcomm is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.

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Pay range:

$218,https://000.00 - $327,https://000.00

The above pay scale reflects the broad, minimum to maximum, pay scale for this job code for the location for which it has been posted. Even more importantly, please note that salary is only one component of total compensation at Qualcomm.  We also offer a competitive annual discretionary bonus program and opportunity for annual RSU grants (employees on sales-incentive plans are not eligible for our annual bonus).  In addition, our highly competitive benefits package is designed to support your success at work, at home, and at play. Your recruiter will be happy to discuss all that Qualcomm has to offer!

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