Graphcore is hiring a

Physical Design Engineer

Cambridge, United Kingdom


Founded just over three years ago, Graphcore's growth and impact has been little short of staggering. We believe we're in a unique position as a new wave of machine learning technology begins to emerge. We see a world where technology enhances human potential and takes us into a new era of intelligence and progress that everyone can benefit from.

What we can achieve over the next few years will re-shape businesses around the world.

Graphcore has created a completely new processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), specifically designed for artificial intelligence. The IPU’s unique architecture means developers can run current machine learning models orders of magnitude faster. More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence.

As an experienced Physical Design Engineer at Graphcore you will be responsible for creating some of the blocks for the physical implementation of our IPU chip, and be involved in the EDA flow setup for the build and checking flow. You should be familiar with modern physical implementation steps including, but not limited to, synthesis, place and route, timing analysis, physical design checks, power integrity, logical equivalence.

The Physical Design team at Graphcore interacts closely with architects, RTL designers, the DFT team and Verification Engineers. You will be closely involved with the development and use of the Graphcore Design Flow, which is capable of creating cutting edge technology chips. You will be building blocks for our IPU chips and ensuring that they are correct using our block level and top level checking flows.


  • Contributing to shared physical design infrastructure
  • Using EDA tools and the Graphcore design flow to implement design in cutting edge technologies
  • Contributing to final chip level checks and auditing
  • Providing feedback to RTL and DFT teams


  • Be highly motivated, a self starter, and a team player
  • Ability to work across teams and debugging issues seen to find root causes
  • Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related subject
  • Ability to program, required to solve design issues, e.g. Python, Tcl 

Useful Skills (some or all of these)

  • Synthesis 
  • Place and Route 
  • Timing Analysis 
  • Logical Equivalence 
  • Physical Design Checks 
  • Power Integrity 
  • Silicon transistor knowledge
  • Digital design flows
  • Design for test

    In addition to a competitive salary, we also offer a generous pension scheme and to support your well-being we provide health insurance, life cover and an employee assistance programme.

    We welcome people of different backgrounds and experiences and are committed to building an inclusive work environment that makes Graphcore a great home for everyone. We are an equal opportunity employer and want to build a work environment where everyone is happy, productive and respectful. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, just let us know.

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