Applications Engineer, Staff in Mountain View, CA

$100K - $150K(Ladders Estimates)

Synopsys Inc   •  

Mountain View, CA 94035

Industry: Information Technology


5 - 7 years

Posted 53 days ago

Job Description and Requirements

Job Description:

The Physical Design Specialist (PDS) will be an expert in placement, clock tree synthesis, and routing methodologies and flows. They will have recent experience with (Synopsys or competing) P&R tools on modern tech nodes. The PDS will work closely with our customers assisting them in performing high performance core design work. They will also work closely with internal resources to develop implementation flows and improve Synopsys tools and flows. To be successful in the role, a PDS must also excel in non-technical skill areas including team work, project leadership, customer focus, and communication.

Educational/Experience Requirements: BSEE with 8-10 years of experience in ASIC design experience in all aspects of physical design. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Must possess at last five years of recent hands on experience in the place & route domain (direct IC Compiler and or IC Compiler II is preferred, or competing place and route tools).

Well-qualified candidates will have the following experiences and skills: (1) Must have hands-on experience with physical design of complex, high performance processor subsystems and/or ASICs; (2) Must demonstrate knowledge of the Synopsys tools, flows and methodologies required to execute physical design projects; (3) Will have proven experience contributing to 2+ project tape-outs; (4) Must possess collaborative teamwork experience and the aptitude and motivation to work with other internal and customer groups ; (5) Must be able to work on-site at customer premises as appropriate. The Physical Design Specialist Application Engineer (PDS AE) will be an expert in Physical Design methodologies and flows to support the sale and adoption of Synopsys products to help customers achieve tangible and lasting performance improvements in the cost, quality, and development time for projects. PDS AEs are expected to possess Formal Verification, Synthesis (logical and physical) and Static Timing Analysis (STA) knowledge. Experience with physical design implementation of blocks is required. Hands-on experience in all aspects of physical design implementation of blocks including placement, clock tree synthesis, routing and timing closure is required. Knowledge of floorplanning, multi voltage design, top level integration and DRC closure is preferred.

In addition, PDS AEs are expected to be able to articulate design methodologies involving Synopsys tools and be 'elevator-talk' proficient in the full Synopsys tool portfolio. Development time will be spent gaining expertise in additional, or specialization tools, broadening focus from product emphasis to methodology, sharpening Account Management skills, and learning to leverage success. PDS AEs support Account Managers to exceed quota; they also provide technical support to ensure customer success and satisfaction. PDS AEs are expected to manage multiple customer activities concurrently, and work with Account Managers and AE management to set their priorities. Sales support roles include product demonstrations, evaluations, and competitive benchmarking. Customer support roles include training, problem resolution, and technical account management. PDS AEs must be able to interact effectively with end-users at customer sites, as well as first level managers. PDS AEs also participate in account planning, where they work as part of the account team to develop the Synopsys solution to customer problems by bringing their understanding of customers' needs and issues. Some travel may be required.


Hands-on experience in all aspects of physical design including data preparation, placement, clock tree synthesis, routing, floorplanning, timing and DRC closure, and low power physical implementation. Experience with modern technology nodes (16nm and below) is required. Experience with library preparation and techfiles is desirable. Must possess at least five years of recent hands on experience in the place & route domain using Synopsys or competing Place&Route tools (direct IC Compiler 2 experience is preferred). Knowledge of areas ASIC implementation domains outside of place & route, including logic synthesis, static timing analysis, equivalence checking, parasitic extraction, DRC/LVS and power analysis is a plus. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Previous experience working with customers is a strong plus. Customer sensitivity, the ability to multiplex many issues & set priorities, and the desire to help customers exploit new technologies are essential for success in the position. BSEE or equivalent, required with 7 years of experience, or MSEE, or equivalent with 5 years of experience.

Valid Through: 2019-10-18