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Hardware Verification Engineer

Hardware Verification Engineer
by Admin on 11-28-2023 at 3:57 pm

Website PQShield

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 7 years of experience, but also an open, research-oriented mindset.

PQShield has been establshed since 2018, 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

  • Continuous improvement of our verification methodology.
  • Definition and execution of IP block and subsystem level verification plans.
  • Creation of reliable, reusable and excellently structured testbenches for subsystem and IP block level verification.
  • Hands-on project design/verification involvement, including ownership of verification projects from beginning to end.
  • Feedback to design engineers and architects on implementation and specification quality and completeness.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • A commitment to high quality engineering in all areas of their work, including advocating for the best long-term solutions over the easiest or quickest.
  • Experience in all stages of the verification lifecycle including verification planning & requirements extraction, directed and constrained random test definition and implementation, Functional and code coverage analysis.
  • Formal verification and verification qualification techniques, including experience driving new formal verification flows where they are a good fit for the design.
  • Excellent knowledge of object oriented programming (OOP) design patterns.
  • Experience with standard commercial EDA Verification Tooling flows.
  • Integration of SystemVerilog UVM verification and assertion based IPs from EDA vendors.
  • Knowledge of common bus protocols (e.g. AMBA AXI4, AHB).
  • Experience verifying hardware/software co-designs.
  • Confidence in debugging RTL simulations and testbench issues.
  • Degree or equivalent in Electronics/Computer Science or other related discipline.

Specific Technologies You Are Confident Using

  • Testbench design and implementation using SystemVerilog UVM.
  • SystemVerilog – SVA (SystemVerilog Assertions)
  • Version control using Git.
  • Writing System and subsystem level tests in C, using CMake as a build system.
  • Excellent skills building and maintaining Python programs and libraries to implement verification flows.
  • Confidence using tools like Bash, TCL, CMake and Makefiles safely and sensibly.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience debugging gate level simulations.
  • Experience verifying security properties, and/or cryptographic IPs.
  • Knowledge of Industry standard SoC Security Architectures
  • Knowledge of tamper resistance and/or power side-channel security countermeasures
  • Experience working on secure element or smart cards designs.
  • Experience using Gitlab CI, or otherwise principles of continuous integration and testing.

Some of the perks of working with us:

  • Unparalleled opportunities to learn and accelerated career development.
  • A collaborative, team environment with people who truly love what they do.
  • Competitive salary and share option scheme.
  • Flexible and hybrid working, and a working from home budget.
  • Private health insurance for yourself and your family.
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays and two wellness weeks).
  • 50% gym membership discount.
  • The chance to work with a spirited, smart, and friendly team!

PQShield is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We’re passionate about talent and proud to foster an inclusive environment; all applicants will be considered regardless of their gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and age.

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