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Digital design test and verification engineer

Company Overview

lowRISC is a non-profit community interest company, using collaborative engineering to develop and maintain open source silicon designs and tools. We are producing high-quality, security-focused, open, and flexible IP.  Our expertise includes processor and SoC design — with a particular focus on hardware security, design verification, RISC-V tools, and the LLVM compiler. lowRISC’s mission is to unlock the potential of open source hardware, with more flexible, accessible and efficient silicon solutions for a new era of computing.


This role would be an exciting position for a skilled engineer who will appreciate the freedom to explore and invent in the open. lowRISC provides the opportunity to work within a team exploring the full hardware/software stack on a broad range of challenging projects.


Job Summary

This role gives a chance to explore new approaches to design verification which move away from established practices, tools and techniques. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in digital design verification, but also enthusiasm for innovation and change.


The role will focus on test and verification of the range of high quality open source IP we are producing for our RISC-V SoC platform. lowRISC is an ambitious project with a small core team, so you will be heavily involved in the project's development direction. This role will involve frequent work with external contributors and collaborators, including design verification teams at partner companies and our own growing digital design team.


Practical experience of design verification using UVM and SystemVerilog is desirable. Candidates should also have experience or demonstrated interest in some of:

  • Python scripting
  • SoC design
  • large-scale open source development
  • formal verification techniques
  • technical documentation
  • EDA tools

Industrial experience and higher degree levels are valued, but we will also consider candidates without higher degrees but with a strong undergraduate academic record or equivalent experience. A good standard of written and spoken English is essential. 

You must have the right to work in the UK. Starting salary is 40-55K GBP depending on experience. Benefits include a generous employer pension contribution (up to 12.5%) and holiday allowance (33 days including public holidays). You will join us at our offices in central Cambridge.


Closing date: 20th October 2019


Working at lowRISC

lowRISC’s team is based in Cambridge, UK, co-located with high tech startups of all kinds and with close links to researchers in computer architecture at the University of Cambridge.  We work with engineers at partner organisations and open source communities around the world every day, creating hardware designs and best practices for robust open silicon infrastructure development and verification, for a variety of projects. Our work includes a significant long term silicon program, planning to tape out at scale, in collaboration with a number of major industry partners.


lowRISC is a collaborative organisation of dedicated, innovative and highly talented professionals, at the heart of the open hardware revolution. We are a growing and inclusive team, which values everyone’s strengths, and where hardware, software, test and documentation roles are all appreciated and connected. We support each other to deliver great work together, and to learn and grow both as a team and as individuals. lowRISC is a small and friendly organisation, with a relaxed professional culture and a fairly flat structure focussed on getting work done and thriving together.


This is a great time to join lowRISC and an opportunity to be part of a growing wave of open hardware innovation and to build the high quality, shared and open infrastructure needed for the future of specialised and adaptable computing systems.


We do not discriminate against any employee or candidate because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.


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