Senior IC Verification and Validation Engineer

Location: Cambourne - UK

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About u-blox

u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global technology leader in positioning and wireless communication in automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their smart and reliable solutions, services and products let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and secure data services and connectivity, u blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative and reliable solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA. (

Job Description

Looking for Clever Heads!
Senior IC Verification and Validation Engineer

We are looking for a talented Engineer with experience and a high degree of interest in module-level, subsystem and SoC verification to support the growing verification and pre-silicon validation team targeting next-generation u-blox Cellular Communication ASICs.

You should be committed, curious, creative, innovative, enthusiasticabout new technologies, striving for excellence and willing to work in a multicultural and multi-site context. You will join a growing International team.

Key responsibilities for the successful candidate will be to own or co-own all aspects of verification and pre-silicon validation with a focus on 5G MODEM IP development and integration.

Our verification team use the latest methods including Simulation, Formal, FPGA Prototyping and Emulation.

Primary Tasks
  • Define Verification and Validation goals needed to make right-first-time silicon.
  • Develop Verification and Validation Plans based on specifications and team interactions (Designers, Architects, Test, Firmware, Analog) to meet targeted goals.
  • Execute the verification defined in the verification and validation plans using various methods (Simulation, Formal Verification, FPGA Prototypes, Emulation).
  • Develop and maintain UVM environments and tests, verification components, firmware tests, firmware APIs and scripts to verify and validate module IP, Subsystems and SoCs
  • Develop, reuse and integrate C-reference models into the verification environment.
  • Analyse and investigate design behaviour to identify the root causes of failures (IP, bench, tests, flow problems).
  • Analyse verification and validation results, report, and track bugs.
  • Interact with cross-functional and cross-site teams located in multiple settings across Europe.
  • Document own work.

  • PhD, Masters or Bachelors Degree in Electrical, Electronics, or Computing Engineering.
  • 7+ years of industrial experience in IC design, verification and validation covering involvement in tape-outs. Relevant Academic experiences are also welcomed.
  • Experience in Cellular Communication or similar IP, subsystems and SoCs.
Must have:
    • Verification oriented mindset and a problem-solving focus.
    • Proven experience in ASIC verification projects.
    • Good experience in embedded software and firmware development and associated flow for ARM based SoC (CPU/subsystem/top-level) verification, validation of Integrated Circuits preferably targeting wireless communication systems (e.g. Wi-Fi, 5G, LTE, GPS/GNSS)
    • Good understanding and practice of high-level programming languages (C/C++), Drivers, APIs and Object-Oriented Programming.
    • Firm experience, understandingand practice of Hardware description languages (VHDL, Verilog and System Verilog).
    • Prior experience in building UVM verification environment and development of System Verilog Assertions.
    • Experience in Functional Coverage.
    • Lab experience in debug and investigation of Silicon and FPGA hardware.
    • Practical knowledge and experience in the development of communications ICs for 3GPP Cellular LTE and 5G.
Soft skills:
    • Rigorous, Autonomous, Self-motivated, Proactive, and well organized
    • Objective driven and team-oriented
    • Good oral and written communication (English language)

We encourage you to apply if this role excites you even if you think you may not meet all the requirements. We are always looking for outstanding individuals and great potentials.

What are your perks?
  • A multicultural and international company with over 50 different nationalities
  • Project-based activities working with colleagues distributed across the globe
  • A start-up and innovation mindset while in the process of scaling-up processes and efficiencies
  • Hybrid working arrangements
  • Spacious office with on-site parking
  • Social activities throughout the year

Are you interested in this challenging position within an international work environment in a successful company? Apply now! You will be working with a motivated team in an exciting technology. We are looking forward to receiving your application.

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