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Physical Design Engineer

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.

We believe our IPU technology will become the worldwide standard for artificial intelligence compute. The performance of Graphcore’s IPU is going to be transformative across all industries and sectors whether you are a medical researcher, roboticist or building autonomous cars.

Our team is at the forefront of the artificial intelligence revolution, enabling innovators from all industries and sectors to expand human potential with technology. What we do, really makes a difference.

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

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 so they can do their best work. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, just let us know.

Please note, we are only considering candidates who have an established right to work in the UK for roles based in Bristol, UK.


Physical Design Engineer

Cambridge, UK

Published on 14 May 2019