Digital IC designer (pre-silicon prototyping)

Trondheim or Oslo, Norway
Competitive salary with bonus plan
26 Nov 2018
24 Dec 2018
Specialist Area
Contract Type
Full Time

Digital IC designer (pre-silicon prototyping)

Nordic Semiconductor is the market leader in Bluetooth® Low Energy connectivity, with a growing portfolio of wireless devices, LTE-M and NB-IoT being the latest augmentation. Our SoC products are used by world-leading brands in a wide variety of applications, including wireless PC peripherals, gaming, sports and fitness, mobile phone accessories, consumer electronics, toys, healthcare and automation.

Nordic Semiconductor´s R&D capacity is expanding. Our System Integration Group (SIG) is looking to recruit a talented and experienced Digital IC Designer with in-depth knowledge of using FPGAs or HW emulators for IC prototyping. You will be involved in the development of Nordic Semiconductor´s next generation of world-leading ultra-low power chips, with focus on pre-silicon prototyping.

SIG is an exceptional team of highly specialized engineers from a variety of IC Design backgrounds. We are responsible for all disciplines, from digital design and verification to place&route of Nordic Semiconductor´s portfolio of chip products.

We have expertise in various low power short range wireless standards and low power microcontrollers. Using cutting-edge design techniques to achieve high performance at extremely low power is of paramount importance. We operate as focused individuals on highly specialized projects, and come together as a cohesive team, in which our skill-sets, passions and expertise feed into our enhanced collective excellence.

This position focuses on pre-silicon prototyping in addition to general digital IC design and verification. The successful candidate will be part of a team developing microcontroller-based solutions for wireless standards like Bluetooth Low Energy, proprietary protocols and radio systems.

On a regular basis, responsibilities include:

  • IC design adaptions and synthesis for FPGA
  • Use of HW emulators for IC prototyping
  • HW/SW co-simulation
  • Digital IC design and verification


  • MSc in Electronics Engineering or similar
  • Proven experience or education with the following:
  • Digital IC Design
  • Digital IC Verification
  • Experience with EDA IC design and verification tools academically or professionally
  • Knowledge of scripting languages like perl, python or similar
  • communication skills
  • Experience in producing written documentation
  • Fluent English language (written and oral)
  • As a highly motivated individual, you enjoy working both independently and as part of a team. You enjoy new challenges and are excited by the opportunity to make a difference.


  • Experience with FPGAs or HW emulators used for pre-silicon prototyping


  • Competitive salary with bonus plan
  • Insurance and pension plan
  • 5 weeks´ annual paid vacation (following one year´s service)
  • Flexible working hours
  • Family friendly policies
  • Employees’ sports and social club, multiple social activities throughout the year
  • Relocation costs covered - for international moves to Norway, relocation assistance from our partner company expat Mid-Norway (

Nordic Semiconductor specializes in ultra-low power wireless communication supporting Bluetooth low energy, Bluetooth Mesh, ANT+, 2.4GHz, IEEE 802.15.4, Thread, Zigbee and LTE-M/NB-IoT. The company’s award-winning and highly flexible SoCs are employed by some of the world’s leading brands in a variety of IoT applications like beacons, smart homes, wearables, as well as wireless keyboards and mice, game controllers, sports equipment, toys and medical equipment.

Nordic’s development tools provide developers with an ideal starting point and ready-built design framework to accelerate development of IoT products. Its software architecture features a unique and powerful separation between protocol stack and user application code providing application developers maximum flexibility, ease-of-development, and code safety. High quality documentation and firmware are available to download on

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Working for Nordic Semiconductor, you will be challenged, inspired and supported. Our teams enjoy a professional, informal working environment and we value and encourage continuous development of skills and expertise to the very highest levels, through in-house opportunities and external training. A close-knit, highly-skilled, international work-force, we are proud of our Norwegian heritage, world-leading innovation and professional excellence.

LOCATION: Norway (Oslo)
Oslo is one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe, with a current population of over 650,000. As Norway´s Capital, it is a hub of Norwegian commerce, industry, banking, and is home to a broad range of industries including the tech sector. A vibrant city, Oslo is also a cultural hub, home to national institutions including the Ballet and Theatre, as well as a diverse array of music, museums and restaurants. In addition, its proximity to mountains and the Oslo Fjord make the magnificence of Norwegian nature readily accessible. Oslo has been named European Green Capital 2019 for its approach to conserving its natural areas and restoring its network of waterways. The compact city centre is easy and safe to navigate on foot or by bike, and boasts a superb public transport system.


LOCATION: Norway (Trondheim)

Nordic Semiconductor´s R&D Headquarters are in the city of Trondheim, situated on the Trondheim Fjord in Mid-Norway. Once the capital of Norway, it was founded in 997 A.D. and has long history and an exciting future. This vibrant city is expanding fast, with a current population of around 200,000. It has embraced the technology sector and is home to start-ups, SMEs, large businesses (including a number of Semiconductor companies), as well as established large-scale organizations such as SINTEF (the largest independent research institute in Scandinavia), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University Hospital for Mid-Norway. The city has an excellent public transport network and is well-connected internationally, Trondheim Airport being only 40 minutes from the city centre. Trondheim is surrounded by sea and mountains, allowing the inhabitants easy access from city-life to nature – the perfect environment for contemplation and cutting-edge innovation.

For more information, contact Torstein Nesje:  Mobile: +47 98 28 54 78  or E-mail:

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