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Lead Digital IC Design Engineer



Alameda, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Science is developing technologies for a range of serious unmet medical needs. We are unafraid to take difficult technical risks, secure in the knowledge that with a clear understanding of what we are doing and with support from powerful modern tools, more progress is possible than might be immediately obvious. Regardless of role or team, the two most important factors we look for in a candidate are evidence of exceptional ability and the addition of positive energy to the group. As a small, very early stage team in a largely unstructured environment, the ability to independently orient yourself to the problems that need to be solved and then follow through is essential.

We are developing a novel optical interconnect for interfacing with the brain and seeking an experienced lead digital IC designer to take a leading role in developing digital IPs and digital ASICs in our custom ICs. In close collaboration with our microfabrication group, electrical engineers, and software developers, you'll design digital IPs and chips used in our custom photonic components.

Key qualifications:

  • Solid understanding of digital IC design at CMOS circuit level is a must
  • Know-how in standard-cell based digital IC design is required
  • Fluency in Verilog / SystemVerilog, and Real-Number based modeling and verification is a must
  • 5+ years of experience in RTL based digital design capture and verification
  • Sound understanding of closing the digital design in terms of area, power, and timing is required.
  • Familiarity with high-speed digital interfaces using PLLs, DLLs, Serializers is a plus
  • Successful track record of providing digital IPs in fabricated silicon products is required
  • Experience with RTL-to-GDS digital design implementation using industry standard tools is required
  • Familiarity with open source digital IC design flows and open PDKs is a plus
  • Good command on scripting languages (e.g. Python, TCL, Perl) for design and testing is required
  • Evidence of exceptional ability as a lead digital IC designer
  • BS in Electrical Engineering

Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with embedded digital system design is a plus
  • Experience with the RISC-V architecture, design and implementation
  • Familiarity with FPGA programming for chip testing and IP verification / emulation
  • Experience in digital design for medical applications for safety
  • MSc, PhD or equivalent professional experience in digital IC design and methodologies

Salary/Pay Range:

For individuals hired to work in California, Science is required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. We determine your level based on your interview performance and make an offer based on geo-located salary bands. The base salary range for this full-time position is $130,000 - $200,000 + equity + benefits. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Please keep in mind that the equity portion of the offer is not included in these numbers.


At Science, our benefits are in place to support the whole you:

  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Flexible vacation and company-paid holidays
  • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
  • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care and medical leave
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Science
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k)

Science Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do their best work.

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Science will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.