Design Enablement Frame Engineer

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As a Hardware Developer at IBM, you’ll get to work on the systems that are driving the quantum revolution and the AI era. Join an elite team of engineering professionals who enable IBM customers to make better decisions quicker on the most trusted hardware platform in today’s market.

Your Role and Responsibilities
At IBM Research, we invent things that matter to the world. Today, we are pioneering the most promising and disruptive technologies that will transform industries and society, including the future of AI, Blockchain and Quantum Computing. We are driven to discover. With more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents, IBM Research is one of the world’s largest and most influential corporate research labs.

We are seeking qualified and motivated candidates to be part of a dynamic and skilled IBM Research team developing design enablement for the world’s most advanced semiconductor technologies.

The hired candidate will have experience with Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or equivalent background. The candidate must understand the fundamental principles of semiconductor processing and/or semiconductor layout design. In addition, the hired candidate must have experience with software engineering coding or scripting. The hired candidate must also possess strong analytical skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to articulate difficult concepts to an audience with diverse technical backgrounds.

This role will be responsible for multiple aspects of our IBM Research design and tape out activities which may include kerf/scribe development, and data processing scripts and algorithms for tape-out operations and logistics.

This role will develop and optimize reticle Frames (also referred to as Kerfs or Scribes) bordering internal test chip design using CAD software. This role will collaborate closely across Technology Development, Patterning, Metrology, Photolithography, Process Integration, Data Preparation, Design Services and Mask Release for the specification and verification of design, frame structures and placement requirements. In addition, this role will develop and utilize automation for frame synthesis and associated documentation for use during wafer fabrication. Although prior experience with testsite enablement activities is desirable, subject matter expertise can be developed on the job.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Experience with VLSI EDA tools such as Cadence Virtuoso, Synopsys ICVWB or similar tool.
  • Experience with software engineering automation and scripting (e.g., Python and/or shell scripting on a Linux platform)
  • Basic understanding of physical layout, technology ground rules, and semiconductor processing.
  • Ability to debug errors and solve problems in a team environment.
  • Fluent English (both verbal and written) and strong communication skills.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Knowledge of Advanced semiconductor technology (14nm and below)
  • Experience in semiconductor industry including working in a mask tapeout operations & logistics with knowledge of mask data preparation, in-line metrology, testchips, Optical Proximity Correction, mask data prep, reticle construction and manufacturing, and reticle frame building.
  • Experience working with industry standard layout checking and manipulation tools such as from Cadence or Synopsys, including design rule checking (DRC).
  • Experience in semiconductor design layout and electronic design automation, such as, knowledge of Cadence SKILL and pcell creation
  • Knowledge of Cadence MaskCompose or similar software package

About Business Unit

IBM Research is the organic growth engine of IBM and an innovation engine for our customers and partners. As part of this mission, IBM Research anticipates and examines ‘What’s Next in Computing’ to ultimately create and integrate the technologies the world relies upon to solve big challenges and unlock new opportunities. We create and pioneer new markets for IBM, our partners and customers as exemplified in our ongoing quest to reach practical and large-scale quantum computing. Across IBM Research, we realize the power and potential to accelerate discovery with our partners and clients by combining the power of high performance computing, AI, and Quantum, all integrated through the hybrid cloud.

This job requires you to provide your COVID-19 vaccination status with supporting documentation, where legally permissible.

Your Life @ IBM

Are you craving to learn more? Prepared to solve some of the world’s most unique challenges? And ready to shape the future for millions of people? If so, then it’s time to join us, express your individuality, unleash your curiosity and discover new possibilities.

Every IBMer, and potential ones like yourself, has a voice, carves their own path, and uses their expertise to help co-create and add to our story. Together, we have the power to make meaningful change – to alter the fabric of our clients, of society and IBM itself, to create a truly positive impact and make the world work better for everyone.

It’s time to define your career.

About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world.

Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are not only one of the largest corporate organizations in the world, we’re also one of the biggest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 50 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business.

At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it’s time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

Location Statement

IBM offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program. Eligible employees may have access to:

– Healthcare benefits including medical & prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, and mental health & well being
– Financial programs such as 401(k), the IBM Employee Stock Purchase Plan, financial counseling, life insurance, short & long- term disability coverage, and opportunities for performance based salary incentive programs
– Generous paid time off including 12 holidays, minimum 56 hours sick time, 120 hours vacation, 12 weeks parental bonding leave in accordance with IBM Policy, and other Paid Care Leave programs. IBM also offers paid family leave benefits to eligible employees where required by applicable law
– Training and educational resources on our personalized, AI-driven learning platform where IBMers can grow skills and obtain industry-recognized certifications to achieve their career goals
– Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups, giving & volunteer opportunities, and discounts on retail products, services & experiences

The compensation range and benefits for this position are based on a full-time schedule for a full calendar year. The salary will vary depending on your job-related skills, experience and location. Pay increment and frequency of pay will be in accordance with employment classification and applicable laws. For part time roles, your compensation and benefits will be adjusted to reflect your hours. Benefits may be pro-rated for those who start working during the calendar year.

We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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Key Job Details

    • Country/Region:US
    • State:NEW YORK
    • City:Albany
    • Category:Hardware Development & Support
    • Required Education:Bachelor's Degree
    • Position Type:Professional
    • Employment Type:Full-Time
    • Contract Type:Regular
    • Company:(0147) International Business Machines Corporation
    • Req ID:602260BR
    • Travel Required:Some travel may be required based on business demand
    • Projected Minimum Salary:$81,000 per year
    • Projected Maximum Salary:$81,000-$190,000/year per year