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Custom IC Layout Engineer

Company: Snapchat
Location: Vancouver
Posted on: February 7, 2024

Job Description:

Snap Inc is a technology company. We believe the camera presents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Snap contributes to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. The Company's three core products are Snapchat, a visual messaging app that enhances your relationships with friends, family, and the world; Lens Studio, an augmented reality platform that powers AR across Snapchat and other services; and its AR glasses, Spectacles.

The MicroDisplay Electronics and Software team in Snap Lab develops state-of-the-art microdisplays for use in Spectacles, Snap's AR glasses.

We're looking for a Custom IC Layout Engineer to join the MicroDisplay Electronics and Software team at Snap Inc!

What you'll do:

  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team designing display ICs for AR
  • Work closely with digital and analog logic, circuit and physical design engineers & other custom layout engineers
  • Perform cell and block layout of Analog and Mixed-Signal circuit functions, meeting design rules and performance
  • Craft reusable scripts and methodologies that help automate design flow, repeatability and efficiency
  • Implement circuit layout strategies for optimal area, performance and power goals.
  • Support IC floor planning and place & route of full chip digital designs with digital and analog IP
  • Provides schedule, and cost inputs to program management
  • Create and present design documentation for internal design reviews
  • Execute parasitic extraction of circuit layout and iterate design improvements

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
    • Strong working knowledge of custom (transistor-level) layout, including matching techniques
    • Strong working knowledge of Cadence Virtuoso (Layout and Schematic) tool suite
    • Strong working knowledge of Mentor/Siemens Calibre tool suite (DRC, LVS, Extraction)
    • Scripting and automation, such as TCL, SKILL, Perl, Python and Shell scripts in Linux environment
    • Experience and capability to execute project tape out verification including DRC, ERC and LVS
    • Extensive understanding of signal integrity, reliability, layout effects (EM, IR drop) and other considerations
    • Knowledge of tool flows and techniques for achieving foundry DFM requirements
    • Track record of prior detailed design and custom layout experience of various types of designs such as SRAM, level shifters, IO design (ESD, latch-up), PLLs, Bandgaps, ADCs, DACs and amplifiers.

      Minimum Qualifications:
      • BSEE or relevant years of experience
      • 7+ years in directly applicable work performing custom layout

        Preferred Qualifications:
        • Detailed understanding of sub 28nm CMOS foundry design node rules and requirements.
        • Experience with both Analog and Memory layouts
        • Excellent technical, documentation and verbal skills working with engineering and management teams
        • Knowledge of ASIC IC test and characterization
        • Understanding of digital design and place and route tools.

          "Default Together" Policy at Snap: At Snap Inc. we believe that being together in person helps us build our culture faster, reinforce our values, and serve our community, customers and partners better through dynamic collaboration. To reflect this, we practice a "default together" approach and expect our team members to work in an office 4+ days per week."

          At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don't be shy and contact us at

          Our Benefits: Snap Inc. is its own community, so we've got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid parental leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap's long-term success!


          In the United States, work locations are assigned a pay zone which determines the salary range for the position. The successful candidate's starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These pay zones may be modified in the future.

          Zone A (CA, WA, NYC):
          The base salary range for this position is $152,000-$228,000 annually.

          Zone B:
          The base salary range for this position is $144,000-$217,000 annually.

          Zone C:
          The base salary range for this position is $129,000-$194,000 annually.

          This position is eligible for equity in the form of RSUs.

Keywords: Snapchat, Vancouver , Custom IC Layout Engineer, Engineering , Vancouver, Washington

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