Physical Design Methodology and CAD Engineer

Austin, Texas, United States


Role Number:200045731
Do you love building elegant solutions to highly complex challenges? Do you intrinsically see the importance in every detail? As part of our Silicon Technologies group, you’ll help design and manufacture our next-generation, high-performance, power-efficient processor, system-on-chip (SoC). You’ll ensure Apple products and services can seamlessly and efficiently handle the tasks that make them beloved by millions. Joining this group means you’ll be responsible for crafting and building the technology that fuels Apple’s devices. Together, you and your team will enable our customers to do all the things they love with their devices! As part of the Hardware Technology CAD team, you’ll help design our next-generation, high-performance, power-efficient SoCs. You will work on world class CPU, GPU, analog/mixed signal and SOC designs by developing flows, tools and methodologies for future Apple products. You will work on exploring and enabling new technology nodes, stdcells and tools for design teams. You will contribute to improving design methodology using your understanding of CAD algorithms and ML to drive improvements in PPA (Power, Performance, Area) and design productivity and work closely with design and tool vendors to solve PPA challenges. We are looking for strong engineers to join our CAD team. In this role, you will be impacting a wide range of chips used across Apple’s world-class products (iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Airpods…)

Key Qualifications

  • Typically requires 2+ years of experience in CAD flow development
  • Proficiency with Tcl or Perl scripting languages, Python or C++ is considered a plus
  • Experience with Makefiles
  • Experience with VLSI CAD tool development
  • Experience with PNR flow development on modern PNR tools
  • Experience in signoff aspects of Physical Design - timing, noise, physical verification, electrical analysis
  • Experience using or supporting sign-off tools for design closure.


You will utilize your hand-on skills developing, improving and supporting the implementation flow from RTL through GDS sign-off. Primary responsibilities will include: -Developing and supporting the implementation flow - Developing and maintaining custom CAD tools for implementation and signoff - Developing flow for new technology enablement - Developing ML based flows for better PPA and productivity - Collaborating with other tools like Physical Design Verification, RC extraction, IR and Static Timing analysis (STA) - Improving methodology for place and route PPA and TAT improvement - Working with tool vendors to resolve tool/flow issues

Education & Experience

MS/BS Degree in technical discipline.

Additional Requirements