Digital IC Design Engineer


Are you a digital design engineer with experience in RTL design, synthesis and DFT for mixed-signal chips? Do you want to play a key role in building next generation Wi-Fi chips that will enable IoT? Keen to make a real difference in a VC-backed high growth company while working in a dynamic & fun environment? Then join Morse Micro, Australia’s largest fabless semiconductor company! We opened our Cambridge office in January 2022 and are looking for the brightest of the brightest to join us in the The Bradfield Centre in the Cambridge Science Park.

Your role will be within the digital team as a designer and owner of the synthesis and DFT flow, which will involve you running synthesis and performing hand off to the backend team.

Applicants will need to be experienced with digital design for mixed-signal SoCs, DFT and low-power synthesis flows. You will be responsible for the complete RTL to GDSII flow. You will maintain the DFT infrastructure, synthesis scripts and work closely and iteratively with the backend team to ensure best-possible power and performance QoR, and help ensure design correctness through to tapeout. You’ll work closely with the rest of the team on-site to develop the RTL, address implementation challenges and help prepare the digital design for delivery to the P&R team.

Other responsibilities will include working with the digital and analog teams on top-level infrastructure such as clocking, power control and host-interfaces. You will also be involved in bring-up of silicon in the lab and preparation and optimization of the chip for production.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working within the digital team on block design and verification
  • Developing and running digital synthesis flow to deliver netlists to backend
  • Maintaining the DFT infrastructure and extending where necessary
  • Interacting with the frontend, analog and backend team to get the design through to tapeout whilst meeting performance and power metrics
  • Developing chip infrastructure verification at RTL and gate level
  • Assisting with bring-up of silicon in the lab
  • Providing overall technical expertise and brilliance

What we’re looking for:

  • MSc in Electrical / Electronics / Communication Engineering or Computer Science
  • Digital design experience with 2+ years relevant industry experience
  • A strong understanding of digital design fundamentals including low power and multi-clock-domain design for mass-produced, mixed-signal chips
  • Experience with digital synthesis tools targeting low power, mixed-signal applications on modern technology nodes
  • Experience with synthesis tools such as Cadence Genus and/or Synopsys Design Compiler, and developing scripted flows for each
  • Experience analyzing and optimizing a design’s timing and power characteristics through feedback from synthesis and P&R iterations
  • Experience integrating and verifying DFT infrastructure such as logic scan, boundary scan and MBIST using industry standard tools such as Mentor Tessent, Cadence Modus or Synopsys TestMAX
  • Experience with development and debugging of digital designs from RTL design through to SDF-annotated gatesims
  • A good understanding of embedded processor systems, familiarity with RISC-V is a plus
  • A solid understanding of mixed signal ASIC design and simulation, experience with AMS simulation is a plus
  • Hands-on experience with Linux development environment staples such as make, shell scripts and Python
  • Experience using the git revision control tool
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to document - and keep updated - instructions on running and debugging flows
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • A determination to deliver even when subject to time pressures
  • A hands-on, practical attitude

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary + excellent stock option package
  • Ability to work alongside some of the world's best engineers in a fast-paced environment and make a real impact
  • Work trips to HQ in Australia! 

Who we are:

Morse Micro is a fabless semiconductor company building Wi-Fi HaLow (802.11ah) chips for the Internet of Things (IoT). We are a team of wireless experts that love to innovate and invent. Together, we are building the world’s lowest power Wi-Fi technology that will enable billions of IoT devices to connect securely to the internet. We are a global team with offices in Sydney & Picton (Australia), Irvine & Boston (USA), Cambridge (UK) and Hangzhou (China).

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