Senior Analogue IC Design Engineer

Microtech Global Ltd
25 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Description: My client based in the UK designs high-performance electronic components which are used in a range of power conversion systems. Their integrated circuits enable compact, energy-efficient AC-DC power supplies for a vast range of electronic products including mobile devices, TVs, PCs, appliances, smart utility meters and LED lighting. This Senior Analog IC Design position will be based in their Cambridge office Key responsibilities: - 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 Requirements: - A Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering or related subject and, quite likely a second degree (MSc or PhD) as well - 3 - 6 years extensive and demonstrable 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 Competencies & Knowledge: - The Senior Analogue IC Designer must: Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of analogue circuit design, theory and practice. Especially precision and micro power design of some of the following: - Op amps and comparators; - ADC's and DAC's, including delta-sigma converters; - Linear regulators; - Current sources and current mirrors; - Voltage references; - Filters (including switched capacitor types); - Oscillators Senior Analogue IC Design Engineer - 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
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