Chip Level Library & Design Optimization Engineer

Beaverton, Oregon, United States


Role Number:200424481
Do you love building without precedent? As part of our Digital Design IP 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. Your efforts will be groundbreaking! Join us in an exciting silicon design group that's responsible for crafting innovative ASICs. You’ll play an integral role in designing the tools that allow us to bring customers experiences they’ve never before envisioned. We have an extraordinary opportunity in advanced process technology, foundation IP (logic, memory) design, for implementation pathfinding and optimization engineer. In this highly visible role, you will be at the heart of a new advanced technology definition for the future iPhone, Mac, watch 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

  • 10+ years of experience in advanced FinFet technology development (e.g. device, integration, process, flows, EDA), circuit design, Semiconductor R&D
  • Proven understanding of advanced CMOS device behavior, with practical understanding of device physics and analysis, and their impact to SoC design PPA metrics
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of yield (for a product or a technology learning vehicle), including defect pareto development and Failure Analysis methodology, Benchmarking practice
  • Strong data analysis (and statistical analysis) skills; proficiency with a broad set of data analysis tools for both device and yield analysis
  • Solid understanding to perform basic circuit analysis, extraction, and SPICE simulation for PPA benchmarking applications
  • Great interpersonal skills to champion initiatives internally and externally, for effective communication with executive management and external partners
  • Technical, analytical, and multi-functional collaboration skills


Imagine yourself at the center of shaping the forefront of advanced technology, custom IP offering that helps apple product silicon performance, power stands-out. The selected candidate will be part of a highly visible core team responsible for pathfinding and validation of standard-cell (and block-level) DTCO boosters, for better Power and Performance, in technologies with advanced transistor architecture, with the goal of co-defining / optimizing technology features & entitlements with foundry and research partners. You will have the opportunity to integrate and come-up with new insights, as well as work with a team of hardworking engineers. As an Advanced technology path-finding and design optimization engineer for the custom circuits, you will: - Be the interface to internal Technology, Logic, Memory design teams, CAD and PnR implementation team for planning production flows and with foundry on PDK requirements - To analyze and interpret the result of complex Power Performance Area (PPA) projections for logic, memory, custom IP and block level design boosters - Define strategies for IP design, considering trade offs in library architecture/design, chip level PPA requirements, technology interactions and metal stack optimizations - Collaborate with technology team and foundry to define requirements to optimize process for power, timing, area and yield for apple silicon designs

Education & Experience

BSEE/MSEE is required.

Additional Requirements