Integrated Circuit Process Design Kit (PDK) Developer/Principal Integrated Circuit Process Design Kit (PDK) Developer

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is seeking an Integrated Circuit Process Design Kit (PDK) Developer for the Engineering, Sciences, and Technology (ES&T) Organization. The position is located at the Advanced Technology Lab (ATL) - just outside of Baltimore, Maryland - where we design, manufacture, and test semiconductor and superconducting products for internal and commercial production as well as emerging programs. We are foremost seeking an engineer with strong capabilities across the spectrum of PDK development tasks that has also demonstrated strong technical project leadership and ability to advocate across adjacent disciplines (Design, Foundry, Test, etc.). An engineer that has only installed PDKs or tweaked existing PDKs will not suffice.
At Northrop Grumman our Integrated Circuit (IC) PDK Developers enjoy working on a variety of assignments across a broad range of topics and varying complexity. The IC PDK Developer will be called in to implement and lead the development of PDKs for a wide array of internal foundry technologies as well as augmenting existing commercial Foundry PDKs to allow Northrop Grumman circuit designers to develop discriminating capabilities. He/she will also work closely with management, designers, test, fabrication and integration engineers and foundry technologists to understand what is needed and provide the appropriate support to help the team accomplish assigned goals and tasks.

As an IC PDK Developer at Northrop Grumman you can also effect change in how we pursue advanced technology development. If you see a better way to do things, you WILL have the opportunity to make those changes here at Northrop Grumman. The ideal candidate will have solid experiences in designing PDKs from scratch and familiarity with common industry EDA tools used in the design of Analog Integrated Circuits and/or ASICs.

Join us for the chance to work with an amazing, experienced, and talented team. We are expanding with new work on many development and production programs. If you want to work on a team where your coworkers are excited to come to work and solve problems, and where people are actively invested in their work, then Northrop Grumman's ATL is the right place for you.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):


Writing design verification rulefiles
Writing PDK techfiles
Writing skill based P-Cells
Editing PDK model files
Writing scripts to create CAD capabilities
Reviewing PDK work of other PDK engineers
Maintaining PDK documentation
PDK configuration, release and deployment management
Leading PDK direction across multiple technologies
Champion and implement best practices and task automation
Interfacing with other foundry roles as a subject matter expert
Mentoring Junior/Mid-level PDK/CAD engineers
Participate in Agile project management work flows to drive projects to the finish line
Demonstrate capabilities to stakeholders and support for any feedback and modification

This position can be filled at an Integrated Circuit Process Design Kit (PDK) Developer level OR a Principal Integrated Circuit Process Design Kit (PDK) Developer. Qualifications for both are listed below:


Qualifications:

Basic qualifications for Integrated Circuit Proess Design Kit (PDK) Developer:

  • This job requires a Bachelor's degree in a technical area (BSEE or other Engineering discipline preferred) with 2 years of relevant experience (0 years with an MS) for T2 level or 5 Years with BS; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD for T3 level
  • Experience creating and/or augmenting IC PDKs for compatibility with microelectronics foundry processes
  • Solid knowledge of the Cadence Virtuoso environment AND DRC/LVS/PEX within Cadence DIVA, Assura or Mentor Graphics Calibre
  • Experience generating scripts (SKILL, Python, PERL, Ocean, Linux Shell, etc.) to provide capabilities within a CAD environment
  • Solid interpersonal and team skills for cross-functional collaboration, high attention to detail, ability to self-check work outputs and ability to lead technical projects, awareness of configuration management principles
  • Experience in interfacing with engineers and managers to schedule projects and provide schedule updates and roadmaps
  • Experience working closely with other foundry functions in the pursuit of process excellence
  • Strong analysis, design and problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • U.S. Citizen

Preferred Qualifications :
  • Semiconductor device modeling experience
  • Knowledge of semiconductor process development, design, manufacturing and testing
  • Experience taking lab measurements on process control monitor (PCM) test structures or interpreting results from automated testing of those structures
  • Experience utilizing the Spectre simulator to verify models match measurements
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI Level Clearance
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in fast-changing environments


Basic qualifications for Principal Integrated Circuit Process Design Kit (PDK) Developer:
  • This job requires a Bachelor's degree in a technical area (BSEE or other Engineering discipline preferred) with 5 years of relevant experience (3 years with an MS) 0 years with PhD
  • Experience creating and/or augmenting IC PDKs for compatibility with microelectronics foundry processes
  • Solid knowledge of the Cadence Virtuoso environment AND DRC/LVS/PEX within Cadence DIVA, Assura or Mentor Graphics Calibre
  • Experience generating scripts (SKILL, Python, PERL, Ocean, Linux Shell, etc.) to provide capabilities within a CAD environment
  • Solid interpersonal and team skills for cross-functional collaboration, high attention to detail, ability to self-check work outputs and ability to lead technical projects, awareness of configuration management principles
  • Experience in interfacing with engineers and managers to schedule projects and provide schedule updates and roadmaps
  • Experience working closely with other foundry functions in the pursuit of process excellence
  • Strong analysis, design and problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • U.S. Citizen


Preferred Qualifications :
  • Semiconductor device modeling experience
  • Knowledge of semiconductor process development, design, manufacturing and testing
  • Experience taking lab measurements on process control monitor (PCM) test structures or interpreting results from automated testing of those structures
  • Experience utilizing the Spectre simulator to verify models match measurements
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI Level Clearance
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in fast-changing environments


Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.


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