Mask Layout Designer, Staff
San Jose
hace 11 horas

Company :

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

Job Area :

Engineering Services Group, Engineering Services Group >

General Summary

Develops block, macro, or chip level layouts and floorplans according to project requirements, specifications, and design schematics.

Applies understanding of design manuals, established processes, layout elements, and basic electronic principles to create accurate designs that meet project needs.

Conducts analyses, tests, and verifies designs using different tools and techniques to identify and troubleshoot issues, and stays abreast of new verification methods.

Works with multiple internal and external stakeholders to align on projects, provide updates, and resolve issues.

The responsibilities of this role include :

  • Works independently with little supervision.
  • Provides supervision to direct reports.
  • Decisions are moderate in nature. Errors are detected and corrected with relatively minor financial impact or effect on projects, operations, or customer relationships.
  • May require involvement beyond immediate work group to correct.

  • Requires verbal and written communication skills to convey complex and / or detailed information to multiple individuals / audiences with differing knowledge levels.
  • Role may require strong negotiation and influence, communication to large groups or high-level constituents.

  • Has a moderate amount of influence over key organizational decisions (e.g., is consulted by senior leadership to make key decisions).
  • Most tasks do not have defined steps; simultaneous use of multiple mental abilities is generally required to determine the best approach;
  • mistakes may result in significant rework.

  • Substantial creativity is needed to innovate new processes, procedures, or work products within guidelines or to achieve established objectives.
  • Deductive and inductive problem solving is required; multiple approaches may be taken / necessary to solve the problem;
  • often information is missing or conflicting; advanced data analysis and interpretation skills are required.

  • Occasionally participates in strategic planning within own area affecting immediate operations.
  • The responsibilities of this role do not include :

  • Does not have financial accountability.

  • Leads team to read and develop highly complex project requirements and specifications; interprets schematics to understand macro level layout design needs.
  • Leads team to define and build macro level layouts and floorplans based on in-depth understanding of layout techniques, design elements, requirements (e.
  • g., PPA, yield), and electronic principles (e.g., currents, resistance, parasitic).

  • Develops and communicates guidelines, processes, design rule manuals, and checklists across teams; identifies and recommends improvements to guidelines and manuals to facilitate high-quality, accurate designs that meet standards.
  • Manages the testing and validation of top-level designs against specifications using layout and verification tools (e.g.
  • Cadence, LVS, rmap) to identify errors and ensure layouts can be built by manufacturing.

  • Provides guidance on gathering information and conducts advanced analyses and sign-off to identify where an issue has occurred;
  • helps team troubleshoot and debug complex technical issues.

  • Develops new ways to accomplish work and / or improves or automates existing methods to increase efficiencies for the team;
  • helps others to learn new approaches

  • Displays deep knowledge of industry trends and developments related to mask layout tools and techniques; integrates advancements into one's work and helps team do the same.
  • Re-scopes projects, identifies and reassigns resources, and reviews the work of team members in order to address changing timelines or priorities.
  • Leads management of team project priorities, deadlines, and deliverables for mid- to large-sized projects; leads multiple projects.
  • Collaborates closely with key internal teams (e.g., Engineers, Program Management, and Business Operations) and external stakeholders (e.
  • g., PVERF, PDCAD, QDA, Foundry, SoC) to identify needs, share updates, and resolve complex issues in a timely manner.


  • Monitors and utilizes computers and test equipment for more than 6 hours a day.
  • Continuous communication which includes the comprehension of information with colleagues, customers, and vendors both in person and remotely.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Education :

    Bachelors - Computer Science, Bachelors - Electrical Engineering, Bachelors - Electronic Engineering, Bachelors - Mathematics, See the required degree associated with years of work experience

    Work Experiences :

    4+ years experience using layout design and verification tools (e.g., cadence, LVS, rmap).8+ years experience designing custom layouts in relevant domain (e.

    g., analog, mixed signal, RF, digital design) with High School Diploma or equivalent.6+ years experience designing custom layouts in relevant domain (e.

    g., analog, mixed signal, RF, digital design) with Associate's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or related field4+ years experience designing custom layouts in relevant domain (e.

    g., analog, mixed signal, RF, digital design).

    Certifications : Skills :

    Skills :

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education :

    Masters - Electrical Engineering, Masters - Electronic Engineering, Masters - Technology

    Work Experiences :

    1+ years in a leadership role with direct reports (applies only to those with direct reports). ,2+ years in a technical leadership role with or without direct reports.

    1+ years working with operating budgets and / or project financials ,3+ years of work experience in a role requiring interaction with senior leadership (e.

    g., Sr Director level and above). ,6+ years experience designing custom layouts in a specific relevant technology (e.g., FINFET, CMOS, GATE ARRAY).

    6+ years experience designing custom layouts in relevant domain (e.g., analog, mixed signal, RF, digital design). with Bachelor's degree.

    Certifications : Skills :

    Skills :

    Cadence Virtuoso Layout Suite, Hardware Design, Hardware Simulation, Linux, Mixed Signal

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