IC Design Engineer

IC Design Engineering Cambridge, United Kingdom


Job Description



  • Work with colleagues in the Systems team to help optimally partition the system solution and make the most cost effective integration trade-offs;
  • Work with colleagues in the IC Design team to devise a chip architecture, refine it to block level and agree a chip floor plan;
  • Devise innovative circuit solutions that implement the complex and intellectually challenging functions and control schemes necessary to deliver target system performance;
  • Capture his/her design in schematic form according to the methodology and quality standards developed and adopted by the design team;
  • Share responsibility for compact cell layout with specialist layout designers in the team;
  • Diligently employ best practice methods in analogue IC Design to ensure that first silicon behaves as intended and as simulated before tape out;
  • Avoid circuits or layouts that might be inadequately modelled in the process design kit;
  • Verify design correctness by comprehensive circuit simulations, including Monte Carlo methods;
  • Design circuits for testability and manufacturability, so helping us maximise yield and product margin;
  • Ensure that his/her circuits, when integrated in the complete chip with all its parasitics, deliver the required performance over process, supply voltage and temperature;
  • Ensure that his/her circuits and layouts comply fully with the design rules (physical and electrical) of the process and its design kit;
  • Carry out detailed peer review of the circuits and layouts created by colleagues in the IC Design team, so helping maintain the team’s first-time-success rate;
  • Document his/her designs to the highest standards of clarity and completeness;
  • Identify opportunities for patenting innovative circuit techniques and, where appropriate, document his/her inventions for patent drafting.


  • Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of analogue circuit design, theory and practice. Especially precision and micropower design
  • Have in depth knowledge and understanding of best-practice analogue IC design methods (theory and practice);
  • Have a thorough appreciation of the importance of DFM/DFT and know the techniques by which to achieve it;
  • Understand the criticality of manufacturing yield and of delivering designs that do not present a yield hazard;
  • Have a methodical and systematic approach to work, be detail conscious;
  • Have excellent interpersonal and cross-functional team working skills;
  • Have a flexible approach to work in a project based environment;
  • Work on his/her own initiative, be self starting and be proactive;
  • Be a competent and productive user of Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Have excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills;
  • Be comfortable working in a process driven, ISO 9000 framework for new product introduction;
  • Produce accurate documentation to the highest standards of completeness, precision and presentation.


  • A Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering or related subject and, quite likely a second degree (MSc or PhD) as well;
  • Experience of full custom analogue IC Design on CMOS or biCMOS processes using Cadence tools;
  • Have designs already in production that serve high volume, cost driven end market applications.