Principal Engineer Verification Engineering - 20148

Job Locations US-CA-San Jose | US-CA-San Francisco
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At Rambus, we are turning incredible possibilities into everyday reality by helping to deliver the innovations that greatly impact the world we live in. We create leading-edge semiconductor and IP products, spanning memory and interfaces to security to smart sensors and lighting. Our products are integrated into billions of devices and systems around the globe, running critical applications for Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, and consumer platforms.


And our history runs deep – we have been a staple in Silicon Valley since 1990 and are continually anticipating key technology trends to develop innovations that drive market changes. From a pure IP provider to becoming a fabless chipmaker and developer of innovative software solutions, Rambus is evolving to address critical challenges throughout the industry.

As a dynamic organization, we are always seeking to hire exceptional talent to join some of the brightest inventors and engineers in the world to explore their passions to develop products that have real-life impact. As well, Rambus benefits are among the most comprehensive and competitive in the market today.


Our Security Division is dedicated to providing a secure foundation for a connected world. Integrating technologies from acquisitions in cryptography, mobile payments, and smart ticketing, our innovative solutions span areas including tamper resistance, network security and trusted transaction services. Our technologies protect billions of licensed products annually, providing secure access to data and creating an economy of digital trust between our customers and their customer base.


Rambus Security Division (RSD) is hiring a talented Principal ASIC Verification Engineer to join our world class technology team in our San Francisco or Sunnyvale office. This engineer will lead the verification of secure ASIC cores developed by RSD, working with cross functional teams including ASIC design engineers and architects, other verification engineers and system test engineers, security experts, and cryptographers. Cryptography and hardware security experience is not required, but an ability to, and interest in, learning about these areas is important.


  • Design and implement verification methodologies, test plans, testbenches, infrastructure, and platforms
  • Work with ASIC designers and architects to produce thoroughly verified, robust IP
  • Architect IP productization, quality assurance, and release automation flows
  • Lead bring-up and debug of hardware projects (FPGA and post-Silicon)


  • BS or MS degree in electrical or computer engineering or closely related degree strongly preferred; but substantial, relevant, outstanding work experience may substitute in some cases
  • Ten or more years of experience working as a verification engineer or related field
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills: Ability to explain complex concepts in front of technical audience
  • Strong desire to take ownership of all verification aspects of a project, including team and methodology leadership
  • High technical competence that includes a track record of effective verification of complex digital designs.
  • Solid understanding of standard ASIC verification techniques, including:
    • Test planning
    • Testbench creation
    • Code and Functional coverage
    • Directed and random stimulus generation
    • Assertions
  • Solid understanding of verification methodologies, especially UVM
  • Comfortable in a Unix development environment (make, scripting, SVN, etc.)
  • Familiarity with advanced verification techniques such as fault/stimulus injection, FPGA prototyping, and/or formal verification


Beneficial Experience


  • Experience developing object-oriented testbench infrastructure UVM
  • Experience in creating and debugging FPGA bitfiles for emulation/acceleration/prototyping purposes
  • Experience solving IP integration, IP core delivery, and handoff issues
  • Experience with configurable IPs and automated QA and release flows
  • Data, software, and/or network security; cryptography
  • Ability to work with technical writers in the production of technical documentation


Personal Attributes

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Able to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language
  • Able and willing to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • A demonstrated ability to prioritize and execute tasks so as to achieve goals in an innovative, fast-paced, and often high-pressure environment
  • Proven analytical and creative problem-solving abilities
  • Passionate about writing clean and neat code that adheres to coding standards

Rambus offers a competitive compensation package including base salary, bonus, equity, matching 401(k), employee stock purchase plan, comprehensive medical and dental benefits, time-off program and gym membership.


Rambus is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


Rambus is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may let us know in the application.


For more information about Rambus, visit rambus.com. For additional information on life at Rambus and our current openings, check out rambus.com/careers/.


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