Senior Staff Engineer - Qualcomm - Cambridge, UK


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time



Qualcomm Technologies International Ltd

Job Area:

Engineering Group, Engineering Group > ASICS Engineering

General Summary:

The Chip Implementation team is looking for an experienced Digital Implementation Engineer to help design, develop and optimise Qualcomm's pioneering range of IoT / Voice and Music products.

With over 10 billion devices shipped, the Cambridge team have a strong track record in creating market-leading products which bring new audio and power advantages to our customers. This is a great opportunity to further develop your career in a place where your work will result in products you can see and purchase.

As a group we cover the full RTL to GDS flow (synthesis, DFT, place and route, timing closure and physical signoff) and works alongside colleagues in digital design and verification, system design, software, packaging and analogue design. This creates a unique environment where you can learn how each team interacts from initial concept to final production.

Based in our Cambridge office, this role is for an individual who is able to act as a key technical contributor and technical lead. You should have a solid understanding of the different steps needed for digital chip design, the ability to drive technical discussions to closure and experience of leading a team to deliver high quality designs to schedule.


Significant experience in one or more of:

  • Developing timing or low power design constraints

  • Run chip or block level synthesis, including LEC and low-power signoff.

  • Running static timing analysis and driving the timing closure.

  • Optimizing clock trees and identifying design changes to improve post-CTS results.

  • Developing floorplans, including macro placement, power grid and padring.

  • Physical verification and power-grid signoff, including analogue mixed-signal designs.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Proven ability to work as part of a larger team and meet project milestones

  • Proficient in scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python, TCL) and Linux shell usage

  • Previous exposure to commercial EDA tools from multiple vendors

  • Great attention to detail, strong communication and presentation skills

  • Experience of RTL design, FPGA development or digital verification

  • Knowledge of Design for Test (Scan test, mbist)

  • Lead design reviews and signoff checklists

  • Identify areas for flow and process improvements.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Required: Bachelor or Master’s degree in electrical engineering, Computer Science or closely related field

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, or related field and 6+ years of ASIC design, verification, validation, integration, or related work experience.


Master's degree in Science, Engineering, or related field and 5+ years of ASIC design, verification, validation, integration, or related work experience.


PhD in Science, Engineering, or related field and 4+ years of ASIC design, verification, validation, integration, or related work experience.

Where you will be working

Cambridge, located in the East of England, 50 miles north of London, is a unique and beautiful city, renowned for its world-class university and the thriving cluster of high technology businesses that have grown up around it. Cambridge is well served by road and rail links, and is within easy distance of the major London airports

About Us

At our Cambridge site we are focused on pioneering IoT and automotive technologies, with engineering areas of excellence including, Analogue and Digital Design, Voice and Music (Hardware, Software, OEM Support, Innovation).

Cambridge is our largest office in the UK, with more than 600 team members including engineers, business strategists and support staff.

Equal Opportunities & Equal Pay

We are an Equal Opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any protected classification.

Giving Back

Employees in Cambridge have a strong sense of community. We are encouraged through the philanthropic endeavours of the Qualcomm Foundation to support causes that matter to us.

What's on Offer

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

  • Salary, stock and performance related bonus

  • Maternity/Paternity Leave

  • Employee stock purchase scheme

  • Matching pension scheme

  • Education Assistance

  • Relocation and immigration support

  • Life, Medical, Income and Travel Insurance

  • Subsidised gym membership

  • Bicycle purchase scheme

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

Qualcomm encourages a healthy work-life balance. We now offer flexible options tailored to our employees needs. These include a combination of working from home and at our Cambridge site, as well as flexi-times around a 37 hour week.

*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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