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lowRISC - Hardware Design Engineer

Rolling Deadline  |  Full-Time Job  |  Telecommute


Company Overview

lowRISC is a non-profit Community Interest Company that uses a collaborative engineering approach to develop and maintain open source silicon designs and supporting software. We produce high-quality, security-focused, open, flexible IP via projects like the OpenTitan silicon root of trust. Our expertise includes processor and SoC design with a particular focus on hardware security, design verification, RISC-V tools, and the LLVM compiler. Our mission is to unlock the potential of open source silicon and enable its widespread adoption, with more credible, accessible and efficient silicon solutions than exist today.

Job Summary

The role will focus on development of high quality, open source, thoroughly tested IP for adoption in commercial tapeouts, such as IP developed through the OpenTitan project in collaboration with a range of commercial partners. lowRISC is an ambitious effort with a small core team, so you will be heavily involved in the development direction of the organisation and its projects. This role will involve frequent work with external contributors and collaborators, and interaction with the wider open source community.


  • Practical experience using an HDL such as Verilog/SystemVerilog for hardware design
  • a good knowledge of the HW/SW stack
  • experience or demonstrated interest in some of: SoC design, large-scale open source development, hardware or software security.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in computer architecture and hardware design. Industrial experience and higher degree levels are valued, but we will also consider candidates without higher degrees but with a strong undergraduate academic record or equivalent experience. A good standard of written and spoken English is essential.

You must have the right to work in the UK. Benefits include a generous employer pension contribution (up to 12.5%) and holiday allowance (33 days including public holidays). You will join us at our offices in central Cambridge.

Working at lowRISC

lowRISC’s team is based in Cambridge, UK, amongst the Silicon Fen’s ecosystem of high tech startups. We maintain close links to researchers in Computer Architecture at the University of Cambridge amongst other research communities. We work closely with engineers at partner organizations and open source communities around the world daily to create hardware designs and novel methodologies for robust open silicon development. We don’t just focus on the immediate, but support a significant long term silicon program with at-scale tapeouts planned in collaboration with major industry partners.

We are an inherently collaborative organization of dedicated, innovative and talented professionals who sit at the heart of the open silicon revolution. This is an opportune time to join a growing organization situated at the crest of the coming wave of open hardware innovation. We are building a high quality, shared and open infrastructure necessary to support impactful future computing systems. Through projects like OpenTitan we partner with organisations such as ETH Zürich, G+D Mobile Security, Google, Nuvoton, and Western Digital.

We do not discriminate against any employee or candidate because of race, colour, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

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