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Senior Digital Design Engineer - Qualcomm - Bristol OR Cambridge, UK


Location: Bristol City

Job Type: Full time



Qualcomm Technologies International Ltd

Job Area:

Engineering Group, Engineering Group > ASICS Engineering

General Summary:

Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world computes, connects, and communicates. Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and industries.

Qualcomm’s Voice and Music Business Unit is a leading player in wireless earbud, headset, and smart speaker market. The business unit develops and delivers hardware, software and applications that bring together the very latest wireless and audio technologies to create industry leading audio voice and music products. You will be joining a successful engineering department whose deliveries can be found in billions of Bluetooth and Voice and Music products worldwide. We offer end-to-end solutions for leading-edge low-power mixed-signal SOCs from feasibility study through to system architecture, digital and analogue design, verification and validation, implementation and layout, embedded software design, ATE test, production, and characterisation.

Based in either our Cambridge or Bristol office, this role offers a Staff Engineer position in Digital IP Design working alongside System and IC architects, Verification, Validation and Software teams. The successful candidate will have a mixture of demonstrable technical leadership skills and hands-on design experience in low power digital IP.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and Integration of RTL blocks including DSP, SoC and peripheral IP.

  • Documentation including micro architecture and programming guides.

  • Ownership of complete work package from specification through to delivery.

  • Planning and managing project work with predicable outcomes.

  • Cross functional collaboration with Firmware, Systems and Verification teams.

  • Running ASIC development tools including Lint, CDC, Synthesis, Power analysis tools.

  • Planning, reporting status and communicating progress against expectations.

Required Competencies

  • Effective communicator and excellent technical presentation skills.

  • Able to work autonomously and demonstrate technical competency.

  • Knowledge of DSP design for Audio or wireless modem technologies.

  • Familiarity with the Arm AMBA/AXI specifications or other bus protocols

  • Familiarity with peripheral interfaces like I2C, SPI, UART, PWM

  • SoC level design and IP Integration Experience.

  • Understanding customer use cases and specifying requirements.

  • RTL design in System Verilog and expert digital design knowledge.

  • Expert in debugging design issues reported in simulation or formal verification.

  • System C design and High-Level Synthesis flows.

  • Experienced with RTL and Gate-Level power analysis.

  • Knowledge and experience of defining HW/FW interfaces.

  • Ability to develop tests in a UVM environment and modify infrastructure.

  • Ability to automate and improve process through scripting in Python, Perl.

  • Proactive, creative, curious, motivated to learn and contribute with good collaboration skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Masters’ degree in Electronics/Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related field.

What's on Offer

Apart from working in an open, relaxed and collaborative space, you will enjoy:

  • Salary, stock and performance related bonus

  • Employee stock purchase scheme

  • Matching pension scheme

  • Life, Medical, Income and Travel Insurance

  • Relocation Assistance (If required)

  • Enhanced Maternity Leave

  • Enhanced Paternity Leave

  • Menopause Support

  • Education Assistance

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Voluntary Health Checks

  • Complimentary Period Products onsite

  • Global Wellbeing Days

  • Subsidised gym membership

  • Bicycle purchase scheme

  • Employee run clubs, including, running, football, chess, badminton + many more

Qualcomm actively seeks and recruits diverse candidates for positions at the company. Diverse teams, built around different perspectives, experiences and skill sets, fuel creativity and innovation. We’re developing leaders and shaping future talent pools to help us meet the needs of our diverse customers worldwide. This means we’re taking a broad approach to finding diverse candidates.

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Excited about this role, but not sure if you meet 100% of the criteria? We would still like to hear from you and would welcome your application.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, or related field and 2+ years of ASIC design, verification, validation, integration, or related work experience.


Master's degree in Science, Engineering, or related field and 1+ year of ASIC design, verification, validation, integration, or related work experience.


PhD in Science, Engineering, or related field.

*References to a particular number of years experience are for indicative purposes only. Applications from candidates with equivalent experience will be considered, provided that the candidate can demonstrate an ability to fulfill the principal duties of the role and possesses the required competencies.

Although this role has some expected minor physical activity, this should not deter otherwise qualified applicants from applying. If you are an individual with a physical or mental disability and need an accommodation during the application/hiring process, please call Qualcomm’s toll-free number found here ( for assistance. Qualcomm will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, to support individuals with disabilities as part of our ongoing efforts to create an accessible workplace.

Qualcomm is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.

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