1+ months

PDK Physical Verification Engineer/EDA Tools (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an R&D Electrical Engineer/Physical Verification Engineer to fill a very unique role within Sandia’s state-of-the-art fabrication facility. In this role, you will partner with our nationally renowned expert design teams across the labs to support our EDA Integrated Circuit design environment! Sandia’s Microsystems Engineering, Sciences and Applications (MESA) facilities focuses on new microsystems products for nuclear weapon (NW) and other critical national security programs.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Lead/support next generation EDA tool selections.

+ Provide continuous improvement of design and layout methodologies.

+ Provide EDA tool support (scripting, new user setup, library management).

+ Provide third party EDA tool point-of-contact support (bug reporting, issue resolution).

+ Drive physical design auto-place route (APR) methodology.

+ Implement final verification (layout vs schematic (LVS), design rule check (DRC), etc) processes, tools, and rule sets.

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or relevant STEM field plus five (5) years of directly related experience

+ or Master’s degree plus one (1) year experience or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

+ Experience with EDA tools from these tool providers: Synopsys, Cadence, and/or Siemens/Mentor Graphics

+ Experience supporting analog, digital, or mixed signal EDA tool environments

+ Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Experience with custom library development, process design kit (PDK) development, and handling external IC Foundry collateral Experience with Unix/Linux shell scripting and X-Windows

+ General knowledge and understanding of application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) or field programmable gate array (FPGA) design flows

+ Background includes EDA tool experience, specifically schematic capture, SPICE simulation, Verilog/VHDL simulation, and/or physical layout and verification tools and file formats used by these tools

+ Experience with one or more of the following languages: Perl, Python, Ruby, SKILL

+ Experience with a version control system, such as Perforce

+ Project leadership and vendor/customer interface experience

+ Active DOE Q clearance

About Our Team:

Sandia National Laboratories Microsystems Engineering, Sciences and Applications (MESA) center (5200) provides a unique capability in providing microsystems for a variety of high consequence applications. We provide microelectronics solutions for national security needs that industry can’t, won’t or shouldn’t provide. The MESA complex is the co-located set of research, development, and production capabilities for trusted, and strategic radiation hardened microsystems to address evolving national security needs, especially those of our nuclear deterrent. MESA is the only source for custom trusted strategically radiation hard (TSRH) microelectronics for the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). MESA is the largest government owned microfabrication facility with two fabrication facilities, the Silicon (SiFab) and Compound (MicroFab). MESA is one of few centers that has both design agency (DA) and production agency (PA) responsibilities. The Nuclear Weapon (NW) CMOS Products & CAD/Layout department (5254) focuses on the design and delivery of digital, analog, and mixed signal CMOS application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to the nuclear deterrence community. The department engages in the full NW ASIC product realization process beginning with early A&E engagement through to Qualification Engineering Release (QER) for NW CMOS products. The department partners across the center to design and manufacture CMOS integrated circuits and across the laboratory to define product needs.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:• Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide• Extraordinary co-workers• Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world• Career advancement and enrichment opportunities• Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 683159



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-11 Expires: 2022-07-10

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