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Hardware Verification Engineer

Hardware Verification Engineer
by Admin on 08-05-2022 at 2:39 pm

Website PQShield

PQShield is a spinout from the University of Oxford specialising in post-quantum cryptography and cybersecurity. Our mission is to innovate and create solutions for the world’s most imminent security challenge: quantum computers. Our cryptosystems will ensure unparalleled internet security and data protection on a global scale across several industries – keeping us all safe as quantum computing technology develops.

Headquartered in Oxford, with additional teams across the UK and in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and the US, our quantum-secure cryptographic solutions work with companies’ legacy systems to protect devices and sensitive data now and for years to come. We are well-funded and VC backed, having recently closed our $20m series A funding round.

PQShield is a highly innovative deep tech company that considers our people to be our most important assets, and so our core value is to provide them with a work environment that promotes personal and professional growth. Hard work and loyalty are always met with acknowledgement, appreciation, and reward. We promote openness and flexibility, resulting in a friendly, family like environment.

Our corporate social responsibility centres around making sure our products are used in a constructive and positive way – we would like to think that our products will contribute to the greater good rather than be just another money-making commodity.

About the role

PQShield is looking for an Experienced Verification Engineer to expand our cryptographic hardware IP team. Candidates should hold a degree in Electronic Engineering/Computer Science or equivalent. We hope that you have at least 5 years of experience, but also an open, research-oriented mindset.

The company is not too old, so you would be directly working with the founders and inventors of this deep tech startup. However the technology is already a couple of years in the making, its feasibility having been established, funding secured, and it has a clear path to market. This is a great opportunity to make career progress and to get a head start in a rapidly expanding segment of the semiconductor industry (Post-Quantum Cryptography and RISC-V).

Our IP components come together as a RISC-V MCU based Sub-system with advanced (post-quantum) cryptography algorithm support and security features.

What you’ll be doing

  • Definition of IP Verification plan linking product requirements through to detailed testcases
  • Create reliable and reusable testbench for subsystems and IPs
  • Develop state of the art digital verification methodology
  • Hands-on project design/verification involvement

About you

  • Degree or equivalent in Electronics/Computer Science or other related discipline
  • Metric driven verification – Verification planning, requirements extraction – Directed and constrained random verification – Functional and code coverage analysis
  • SystemVerilog – SVA (SystemVerilog Assertions)
  • Formal verification and verification qualification techniques
  • Testbench design with verification frameworks like UVM/OVM, e, VMM
  • Object oriented programming (OOP) – Use of OOP design patterns
  • Experience with standard EDA Verification Tool flows , Synopsys , Cadence etc.
  • Common Bus protocols (e.g. AMBA), co-processors, hardware-software co-design
  • Scripting experience with sh/csh, TCL, Make, Python
  • Debugging skills – RTL – Testbench, OOP – Gate level (including SDF)
  • An innovative, creative, lateral thinking problem solver

Nice to have

  • C cross-compiler and co-design familiarity, (ARM, RISC-V) assembler
  • Microprocessor/SoC architecture, ISA design
  • Knowledge of Cryptographic Algorithms and Protocols
  • Knowledge of Industry standard SoC Security Architectures
  • Tamper resistance, Side-Channel Security Countermeasures
  • Secure elements, Smart Cards, FIPS 140, Common Criteria

 What we can offer you

  • Competitive salary.
  • EMI share option scheme.
  • Flexible & remote working, and a working from home budget.
  • Private health insurance for yourself and your family.
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays).
  • 50% gym membership discount.
  • The chance to work with a really nice, smart and friendly team!
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