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.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in compilers, firmware, and low-level software development. lowRISC has taken a leading role in the upstream RISC-V LLVM toolchain and you will help us to further accelerate and broaden that effort. This involves work on toolchain components (LLVM, Clang, LLDB, LLD, and more) and regular interaction with firmware teams. You will also have the opportunity to work with and contribute to other LLVM-based compiler implementations, such as Rust, to ensure first-class support for the RISC-V ISA.
lowRISC is an ambitious not-for-profit company 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 as well as the wider open source community on high visibility software projects.
Practical experience with C or C++ and LLVM or another compiler framework is essential. Candidates should have experience or demonstrated interest in some of:
- compilers (e.g. GCC, LLVM/Clang)
- large-scale open source development
- SoC 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.