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Physical Design Engineer (Silicon Engineering) Austin


SpaceX Austin TX United States

2 months ago

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


As a member of our multifaceted ASIC team, you will have the rare and phenomenal opportunity to craft upcoming SOCs that will enable our Starlink chips. These chips help connect, enable, and empower humanity every single day with performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet and ground infrastructure limitations. Starlink delivers high-speed, low latency broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable.

In this critical role, as a SOC/ASIC physical design engineer, you will be collaborating with architecture, timing, and logic design teams making a crucial impact on delivering cutting edge SOCs for customers on Earth and beyond. We are looking for people who want to dive in and get their hands dirty and push the limits of what is possible through innovation, determination, and teamwork.

• Perform partition synthesis and physical implementation steps (e.g. synthesis, floorplanning, power/ground grid generation, place and route, timing, noise, physical verification, electromigration, voltage drop, logic equivalency and other signoff checks)
• Develop/improve physical design methodologies and automation scripts for various implementation steps
• Closely collaborate with the ASIC design team to drive architectural feasibility studies, develop timing, power and area design targets, and explore RTL/design tradeoffs
• Resolve design/timing/congestion and flow issues, identify potential solutions and drive execution
• Run, debug, and fix signoff closure issues in static timing analysis (STA), noise, logic equivalency, physical verification, electromigration and voltage drop

• Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science
• 2+ years of ASIC and/or physical design flow development experience (internship and collegiate extracurricular engineering project experience qualifies)

• Basic experience of ASIC/SOCs RTL2GDSII physical design and signoff flows
• Basic experience with industry standard EDA tools including understanding of their capabilities and underlying algorithms
• Knowledge of deep sub-micron FinFET and CMOS solid state physics
• Understanding of CMOS digital design principles, basic standard cells their functionality, standard cell libraries
• Understanding of CMOS power dissipation in deep submicron processes leakage/dynamic
• Familiar with CMOS analog circuit and physical design
• Basic knowledge of DFT/Scan/MBIST/LBIST and understanding of their impact on physical design flows
• Good scripting skills (csh/bash, Perl, Python, TCL, Makefile etc.)
• Self-driven individual with a can-do attitude, willing to learn, and an ability to work in a dynamic group environment


Pay range:
Physical Design Engineer/Level I: $120,000.00 - $145,000.00/per year
Physical Design Engineer/Level II: $140,000.00 - $170,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.

• To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000
Austin TX USA

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