Sr. CAD/PDK Engineer

Malibu, CA
Science & Engineering - Microfabrication Technology Laboratory – Microfabrication Technology /
Regular /
Based in Southern California with locations in Malibu, Calabasas, Westlake Village and Camarillo; HRL has been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and advancing the state of the art. 

General Description: 
Looking for an experienced CAD/PDK engineer who can provide tool support and automation solutions for custom semiconductor layout designs. Responsibilities also include developing and supporting Process Design Kits (PDK) for R&D technologies. Custom and/or process development layout (or physical design) experience in addition is highly desired.

Essential Duties:
Help develop PDK for low maturity technologies. Understand existing layout methodologies and help improve them by incorporating industry best practices and/or developing new capabilities. Add schematic and LVS elements to design/layout along with other PDK aspects as technologies continue to mature. 

Required Skills: 
10+ years relevant industry experience
Proficiency in Cadence and other Industry standard layout tool support (e.g. Virtuoso, Assura, Calibre, etc.)
Proficiency in SKILL and/or other relevant scripting languages for automation
Proficient in both Linux and Windows environments
PDK development
Debug skills with environment and setup issues 
Good communication skills (both verbal and written) for cross-discipline co-ordination
Strong attention to details
Custom layout skills desired

Required Education: 
B.S. or M.S. degree with a major in EE, CS or related science/engineering field.

Special Requirements:
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Active SSBI is a big plus.

The base salary range for this full-time position is $132,765 - $165,983 + bonus + benefits. 

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HRL offers a generous and very competitive total compensation and benefits package. Our Regular/Full Time benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K match, gym facilities, PTO, growth potential, and an exciting and challenging work environment (

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