San Mateo, CA

Physical Design Technical Lead

As a Physical Design Technical Lead in the Implementation Team, you will drive the tape out of chips to support the SiFive vision of enabling chip design by anyone. When you join our implementation team as an experienced lead, you will take ownership and contribute as an implementation expert with comprehensive RTL to GDS experience who has taped out multiple ASICs with a wide range of process and technologies (180nm ~ 28nm).  16nm and below is a bonus.

The Challenge

  • You will lead a small and talented team through the implementation of chips from RTL to GDSII that push the cutting edge of automation.
  • You will get to solve issues outside of the typical physical design flow.
  • You will collaborate with other technical leads to revolutionize the chip design industry: Instead of the question being, “how many engineers it takes to do a chip?”, we want to reframe it to ask, “how many chips an engineer can make?”
  • Join us as we create a fully automated online chip design methodology.

What you bring to the challenge

  • Track record of working with small engineering design team and bring out their best
  • Exposure to and interest in developing a methodology that enables design automation
  • Able to work with ambiguity and innovate
  • Experience working with a global team
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience working in physical design and implementation on product teams


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering, Master’s preferred
SiFive is proud to be an equal employment opportunity workplace. We offer a competitive compensation package that includes flexible paid time off, health, vision and dental benefits, 401(k) plan, employee stock option program, and much more. If you yearn to be challenged and wish to work in an environment where the boundaries of your creativity and skills will be tested, then SiFive is place for you.