Sr. ASIC Physical Design Methodology/CAD Engineer (Silicon Engineering)



Irvine, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


At SpaceX we’re leveraging our experience in building rockets and spacecraft to deploy Starlink, the world’s most advanced broadband internet system. Starlink is the world’s largest satellite constellation and is providing fast, reliable internet to millions of users worldwide. We design, build, test, and operate all parts of the system – thousands of satellites, consumer receivers that allow users to connect within minutes of unboxing, and the software that brings it all together. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of Starlink’s potential global impact and are looking for best-in-class engineers to help maximize Starlink’s utility for communities and businesses around the globe.

We are seeking a motivated, proactive, and intellectually curious engineer who will work alongside world-class cross-disciplinary teams (systems, firmware, architecture, design, validation, product engineering, ASIC implementation). In this role, you will be developing next-generation ASICs for deployment in space and ground infrastructures around the globe. These chips are enabling connectivity in places it has previously not been available, affordable or reliable. Your efforts will help deliver cutting-edge solutions that will expand the performance and capabilities of the Starlink network.


  • Create and support innovative RTL2GDSII methodology and CAD flows, capable of handling multimillion gate designs
  • Drive improvement in RTL2GDS flows/methodology for PPA and turn-around-time improvement
  • Create dashboard/central reports for project tracking and visualizing results/stats
  • Interface directly with RTL, physical design, package design, DFT and other teams to improve methodologies and efficiencies and drive efforts to resolution
  • Work with EDA tool vendors to evaluate new tools, solve bugs, improve usability, methodology and design flow
  • Integrate foundry EDA kits into SpaceX environment, drive vendor IP integration into SpaceX infrastructure
  • Drive setting up RTL2GDSII flows for brand new technology nodes, run regressions, quality assurance checks, and release high quality flows to execution designers before starting the project


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science or computer engineering
  • 5+ years of experience in the field of EDA-CAD for RTL2GDSII solutions


  • Experience in high-performance, low-power physical design, and implementation techniques with industry standard synthesis, place and route, or signoff tools
  • Knowledge of cutting-edge technology node across foundries
  • Excellent programming skills in languages like Python, Perl, TCL, Shell, etc. Good understanding of algorithms with emphasis on optimizing algorithms
  • Knowledge of creating dashboards and html status reporting systems for various EDA tool outputs (synthesis, place and route, signoff, DFT, etc.)
  • Experience with machine learning
  • Excellent verbal and written communications
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment with changing needs and requirements
  • Team-player, can-do attitude and ability to work well in a group environment while still contributing on an individual basis
  • Enjoys being challenged and learning new skills


  • Must be willing to travel when needed (typically <10%)
  • Willing to work extended hours and weekends to meet critical deadlines, as needed
  • This position can be based in either Sunnyvale, CA or Irvine, CA


Pay range:
ASIC Engineer/Senior: $160,000.00 - $220,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

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