Standard Cell Circuit Design Engineer

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Role Number:200001970
Do you want to utilize your engineering background to make big things happen? As part of our Digital Design Engineering group, you’ll take imaginative and revolutionary ideas and determine how to turn them into reality! You and your team will apply engineering fundamentals and start from scratch if needed, bringing forward-thinking ideas to the real world. Join us, and you’ll help design the tools that allow us to bring customers experiences they’ve never before envisioned! We have an extraordinary opportunity for Standard Cell Designers. In this highly visible role, you will be at the heart of a processor design effort, working with the custom digital circuits team and library development, making a critical impact in delivering products to market quickly.

Key Qualifications

  • We are looking for applicants with 5+ years of experience in Standard cell circuit design of high performance flip flops, level shifters, retention flops and other complex circuits.
  • Strong background in deep submicron process issues. Finfet Technologies, with deep understanding of CMOS device characteristics and design rules.
  • Strong understanding of Library Architecture & optimization for better PPA.
  • Strong layout design knowledge & parasitic optimization in various types of layouts.
  • Hands-on experience running SPICE simulations and high sigma variation analysis.
  • Experience running EM/IR/Aging analysis is plus.
  • Understanding of Timing characterization & modeling of Standard cell circuits.
  • Strong proficiency in scripting languages like Perl, Python, and Tcl
  • Good familiarity with DRM compliance, layout checkers, and foundry iPDK.
  • We are looking for a great teammate with good communication and analytical skills.


Imagine yourself at the center of our cutting-edge processor design in deep submicron technologies, and on standard cell library designs. You will drive concepts of transistor level circuit design, modeling and performance analysis, collaborating with all fields, playing a strategic role of getting functional products to millions of customers quickly. You will have the opportunity to integrate and come-up with new ideas, as well as work with a team of hardworking engineers. As a Standard Cell Design Engineer for the custom circuits team, you will perform the following: • Drive library architecture discussion & optimization effort to improve overall Library PPA. • Drive layout optimization effort by identifying & reducing parasitics to push circuit PPA. • Work on Library PPA for different technology, architecture, PDK releases. • Develop standard cell circuits that push design PPA. • Engage with CPU, SOC and GPU teams on physical design requirements.

Education & Experience

BSEE / MSEE is required.

Additional Requirements

  • Apple is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We also take affirmative action to offer employment and advancement opportunities to all applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Apple will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants who inquire about, disclose, or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants.