Digital Prospectors Digital ASIC Designer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Digital ASIC Designer

Cambridge, MA

Job Type: Contract

Recruiter: Chris Howgate at

Phone: 603-772-2700

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Job Title: Digital ASIC Designer

Location : Cambridge, MA

Duration: 6+ Months

Candidates need to be a US Citizen as the Laboratory is a cleared facility.

A Secret Clearance without Incident or the ability to acquire a security clearance is required for this role.


Draper Laboratory is seeking talented and motivated individuals to tackle challenging engineering problems. As a Digital ASIC Designer , you will be responsible for designing high-performance digital ASICs in advanced technologies,14nm FinFET, 22FDX, etc. You will work in multi-disciplinary teams with opportunities to learn, grow and contribute to a variety of projects in this area.

Applicants should possess solid skills in front and back-end digital systems design with experience in design flows from Cadence or Synopsys, and a working knowledge of analog design principles and signal / power integrity. Familiarity with architectures for secure systems design, e.g., cryptographic encoders / decoders or tagged processor architectures is a plus.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • System architecture design

  • Detailed analysis design and capture

  • Manage PCB layout design resources

  • Prototype bring up and debugging

  • Functional verification

  • Signal characterization

  • Testing

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or MSEE+6 preferred

  • Strong analysis and problem solving skills

  • Fluent in Verilog/VHDL

  • Fluent in Cadence or equivalent Digital ASIC Tool Suite, e.g., Genus, Innovus, Tempus, Voltus, etc.

  • Experience with high-level design, simulation, and verification tools

  • Experience with scripting languages Python/PERL and regular expressions

  • Experience with MATLAB, Simulink, and HDL Coder

  • Experience with C, C++, or Java

  • Ability to acquire a security clearance if needed

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with Linux/UNIX OS, piping, batching, etc.

  • Experience with SRAM compilers and architecture tradespace

  • Familiarity with memory design for SRAM, DRAM, and NVRAM

  • Familiarity with SOC tradespace including processor selection, memory and bus implementation and architecture

  • Familiarity with interface specifications: SPI, I2C, MIL-STD-1553, RS-232, RS-422, PCIE, AXI, and Ethernet

  • Familiarity with hardware security, e.g., encryption, key management, TRNG/DRNG, PUFs, root-of-trust, design obfuscation, etc.

  • Familiarity with analog ASICs: Voltage and Current sources, Amplifiers, Converters, PLLs, and Transceivers

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. An essential function of this job is physical attendance. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer which includes providing equal employment opportunity for all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

We have placed many talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges.

The mission is critical and the work is as cutting edge as it is rewarding. The teams are superbly managed groups of world class engineers from all types of interesting and diverse backgrounds – AND THEY ARE HIRING!

Make this your next career move as one of our many long term contractors or employees!

Work as our full time employee with full benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, PTO, Retirement, etc.) – OR - work as a W2 hourly contractor at a higher pay rate if you don't need the benefit package.


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Phone: 603-772-2700