Senior IC Layout Engineer

Permanent employee, Full-time · London

About The Role and Team

The IC Team is responsible for the design and test of the integrated circuits which operate at deep-cryogenic temperatures and interact with the qubits. This role is a unique chance to work at the bleeding edge of technology development, developing new innovative circuits to tackle the engineering challenge of implementing a large scale quantum computer in silicon. You will be a key part of a multidisciplinary team, and will be involved in all the aspects of IC design cycle from initial concept to volume production.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to be an early employee at a start-up shaping the future of quantum computing, and in particular to form a new team within the company. There are vast opportunities for professional growth and to make an impact within the company. 

As a Senior IC Layout Engineer, the position will suit a multidisciplinary profile with expertise in Analog IC Layout primarily and CAD management secondarily. No quantum experience required, but curiosity and a strong desire to learn and input into a brand-new technology area are critical.

Our Team
We are one of the “Top 100 Startups worth watching” in the EE Times, and our technology breakthroughs have been featured in The Telegraph, BBC and the New Statesman. Our founders are internationally renowned researchers from UCL and Oxford University who have pioneered the development of qubits and quantum computing architectures. Our chairman is the co-founder of Cadence and Synopsys, the two leading companies in the area of Electronic Design Automation. We’re backed by a team of top-tier investors including Oxford Sciences Innovations, INKEF Capital and Octopus Ventures, and we have so far raised over £18 million equity and grant funding.

We bring together the brightest quantum engineers, integrated circuit (IC) engineers and quantum computing theoreticians to create a unique, world-leading team, working together closely to maximise our combined expertise. Our collaborative and interdisciplinary culture is an ideal fit for anyone who thrives in a cutting-edge research and development environment focused on tackling big challenges and contributing to the development of scalable quantum computers based on silicon technology.

Our team of 30+ is based in Oxford and London: the majority of our experimental work is carried out in London and this is where we are expanding our operation, opening a new lab near Kings Cross this year.

Functions of the Role
  • Hands-on block-level layout design and verification

  • Parasitic extraction and optimization of layouts in close collaboration with the design team.

  • Top-level floor-planning, routing and signoff

  • Provide tool/flow support for analogue and layout design teams

  • Document own work and perform layout reviews with other team members

Experience - Essentials
  • Industry degree qualification and at least 5 years of experience in Analog IC Layout in the Cadence environment

  • Proficiency in Cadence Virtuoso Layout Suite (X)L including PCell Designer

  • Proficiency in DRC, LVS, & Parasitic Extraction with Mentor Calibre or Cadence PVS/QRC

  • Demonstrated experience in deep sub-micron processes

  • Team player with a collaborative mindset

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Experience - Desirable
  • Experience with 40nm processes and below, including familiarity with layout-dependent effects (LOD, WPE, OSE, etc.)

  • Solid understanding of the Linux OS

  • Experience in PDK installation and setup

  • SKILL scripting capabilities for work automation and productivity enhancement

  • Familiarity with the development of PCells using SKILL

  • IC package design and wire bonding

  • Experience with AWS System Administration

  • Be part of a creative, world-leading team

  • Competitive salary and share options scheme

  • Contributory pension scheme

  • Choose your own laptop/kit 

  • Life Assurance

  • Cycle-to-work Scheme 

  • Flexible working

  • Central London location

EEO Statement
Quantum Motion is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate based on age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, colour, religion, disability status, marital status, pregnancy, gender reassignment or any other protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.
About us
Quantum Motion is a fast-growing quantum computing start-up based in London founded by internationally renowned researchers from UCL and Oxford University with over 40 years’ experience in developing qubits and quantum computing architectures. Bringing together state-of-the-art cryogenic facilities and an outstanding interdisciplinary team, we are developing quantum processors based on industrial-grade silicon chips, with the potential to radically transform computing power in areas such as materials modelling, medicine, artificial intelligence and more.
We ​look forward to hearing from you!
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