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Staff Memory Design Engineer ARM

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Job Description


ARM offers IC designers a wide range of choices from its broad portfolio of standard cell, memory, and I/O products. The ARM product line is optimized for each silicon technology. ARM products have been used in circuits running as fast as 3GHz+ and are in production or development at semiconductor processes ranging from 250nm to 7nm for various foundries and IDMs.

Our circuit group comprises some of the industry’s leading experts in deep submicron circuit design and design for manufacturing (DFM) techniques. This position is a rare opportunity for a memory circuit professional to work with the world’s most successful circuit and layout team with exposure to a wide variety of design rules from leading edge foundries.

Job Purpose:

This role is for a Memory Design Engineer in the Europe Physical Design team based at our Cambridge site. Working as part of the Cambridge Physical design team means working on leading edge high-performance, high-density, low-power and ultra low-power memory generators which are optimized for each silicon technology.

Accountabilities / Responsibilities:

Circuit design of memory cells including traditional logic cells, sense amplifiers, and advanced power management cells

  • Evaluate and optimize performance, power, area and leakage of circuits
  • Understanding of margining of memory bitcell and /or analog circuits for yield improvement
  • Understanding of characterization of individual memory instances and/or memory compilers
  • Understanding of EDA views delivered with Physical IP product lines
  • Understanding of layouts to effectively drive the mask design team and perform layout development tasks
  • Understanding of deep submicron device physics in order to account for these non-ideal effects during cell design
  • Create and maintain product specification

Job Requirements

Education & Qualifications

  • Bachelors, Masters or PhD (computer science or electronics engineering) or equivalent with a good academic record
  • Experience in memory design or related circuit design

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Circuit design experience with memory compilers
  • Circuit/Layout experience with deep submicron technologies (65nm or smaller)
  • Understanding of technology tradeoffs in deep sub-micron design
  • Understanding of Design for Manufacturability (DFM) layout techniques
  • Familiarity with Cadence Virtuoso (DFII, Opus) layout environment
  • Experience in low power circuit techniques
  • Understanding or an ability to learn a wide variety of industry standard modelling formats including: Liberty (CCS and NLM), Verilog, LEF, Spice and ECSM.
  • Experience with other EDA tools.

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • Programming or scripting experience
  • Knowledge of UNIX and shell/tcl/Perl scripting
  • Basic Source control management with tool such as DesignSync

Desired Behaviors

At ARM, we are proud to have a set of behaviors that reflect our unique culture and guide our decisions, defining how we work together to defy ordinary and shape extraordinary.

These behaviors are assessed as part of the recruitment process:

  • Partner and customer focus – Your tendency to put your partners and customers first in all that you do by understanding their needs and striving to achieve win-win solutions.
  • Collaboration and communication – Your ability to forge lasting relationships which are built upon mutual trust, open communication and sharing of information and success.
  • Creativity and innovation – Possessing a passion for driving continuous improvement through spotting opportunities and seeking the views of others.
  • Team and personal development – You take time to drive your own development, whilst also encouraging team members and partners to do the same.
  • Impact and influence – You listen to different perspectives, evaluate, persuade and carefully shape your work to deliver truly impactful results.
  • Deliver on your promises – You demonstrate a can-do attitude and you drive to overcome obstacles, acting with a sense of urgency because you’re passionate about what you do

Salary: Competitive
Location: Cambridge, UK


Your particular benefits package will depend on position and type of employment and may be subject to change. Your package will be confirmed on offer of employment. ARM’s benefits program provides permanent employees with the opportunity to stay innovative and healthy, ensure the wellness of their families, and create a positive working environment.

  • Annual Bonus Plan
  • Discretionary Cash Award
  • Group Personal Pension Plan with enhanced company contribution
  • Medical, Travel, Health & Life Insurances
  • Holiday, 25 days annual leave with option to buy an additional 5 days per year
  • Sabbatical, 20 paid days every four-year of service
  • Volunteering, One (1) paid working day each year (TeamARM)
  • Varies by location: cycle to work, free car parking, gym on site, team and social events

About Arm

Arm® technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. From the unmissable to the invisible; our advanced, energy-efficient processor designs are enabling the intelligence in 86 billion silicon chips and securely powering products from the sensor to the smartphone to the supercomputer. With more than 1,000 technology partners including the world’s most famous business and consumer brands, we are driving Arm innovation into all areas compute is happening inside the chip, the network and the cloud.

With offices around the world, Arm is a diverse community of dedicated, innovative and highly talented professionals. By enabling an inclusive, meritocratic and open workplace where all our people can grow and succeed, we encourage our people to share their unique contributions to Arm's success in the global marketplace.

About the office

At our global HQ in Cambridge, England we house the majority of our engineering and our corporate groups that deliver our extraordinary success. As a world-renowned university town, Cambridge boasts both a beautiful countryside and a historical town center. Local activities include punting on the River Cam and the many museums that reside within Cambridge University.

Cambridge, UK - Global HQ
Arm Ltd.
110 Fulbourn Road