​​Senior Scientist for Digital Design with focus on RISC-V​ (f/m/d)

​​Senior Scientist for Digital Design with focus on RISC-V​ (f/m/d)

Festanstellung, Vollzeit · GRAZ


Are you passionate about shaping the future of embedded computing architectures? Do you have the expertise and ambition to drive innovation in digital IC design? Join us as a Senior Scientist for Digital Design with a Focus on RISC-V and lead the way in developing cutting-edge, sustainable, and intelligent computing solutions. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Develop future sustainable, dependable, and intelligent embedded computing architectures. 
  • Drive research in VLSI/digital design with a focus on RISC-V and related processor architectures and accelerators. 
  • Contribute to the development of accurate design specifications for digital control blocks. 
  • Deliver complex digital IP to meet schedule, area, power, and performance targets. 
  • Work with digital verification teams to create verification plans. 
  • Collaborate with laboratory teams to create and verify FPGA-based prototypes. 
  • Collaborate with industry and academia partners. 
  • Lead research projects and participate in the acquisition of industry projects and funding grants. 
  • Publish your work in leading journals and present at conferences. 
Educational Background: 
  • PhD in digital IC design with at least 3 years of relevant experience, or 
  • MSc in a relevant field with at least 5 years of relevant experience. 
Technical Expertise: 
  • Demonstrate strong proficiency in HDLs (SystemVerilog, VHDL). 
  • Excel in architecture exploration and micro-architecture development.
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of on-chip infrastructure (AMBA/PCIe/USB/JTAG, NoC). 
  • Have a solid background in silicon development and digital IP design/integration. 
  • Utilize experience with back-end tools (synthesis and Place & Route). 
  • Exhibit proficiency in Static Timing Analysis tools and Clock Domain Crossing. 
  • Show expertise in functional and formal verification. 
  • Apply skills in scripting languages (Tcl, Python, Perl, MATLAB, Shell-scripting). 
  • Leverage experience with EDA tools (simulator/debug/synthesis/timing analysis/place & route) from major vendors (Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor). 
  • Experience with FPGA tools (e.g., Xilinx)
  • Communicate effectively in verbal and written English; knowledge of German is an advantage. 
  • Software development skills (bare metal, RISC-V/ARM) are beneficial. 
Additional Skills: 
  • Proven project management experience. 
  • Autonomous, well-organized, and thrive in a dynamic and multicultural team environment. 
  • Experience in team leadership or PhD supervision is highly desirable. 
  • Effective in strategy development is an advantage. 
  • Strong track record in business development and winning projects. 

If you are ready to take your career to the next level and make a lasting impact on the future of digital design, we want to hear from you. Apply today and become a key player in our innovative team! 
  • Diverse research activities with many technical challenges. 
  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment.  
  • Location in the heart of Europe in Austria – relocation support for non-European nationalities. 
  • Internal and external training opportunities for career development. 
  • Home office in Austria (max. 40%) and work from anywhere in the European Union possible (< 25%). 
  • Family & children friendly - actively shaping the compatibility of family and career. 
  • “Vital4SAL” to promote a healthy workplace (e.g. SAL coaching pool, trainings on mental health, physical activities, healthy snacks, 24/7 accident insurance) 
  • € 4 per day meal allowance in restaurants or € 2 per working day in supermarkets. 
  • Public transport initiative (subsidy for the “Klimaticket”) 
  • Start: as soon as possible
This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA) starting in occupational group F (F1 salary = EUR 4.594,- paid 14 times a year, based on 38,5 hours per week). For this position we offer competitive salaries and additional benefits based on your experience and qualifications, starting with a minimum gross salary of EUR 70.000 (annual, based on an All-in contract and bonus).

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is a top research center for Electronics and Software Based Systems (ESBS). At three locations (Graz, Villach, Linz), SAL is conducting research along the entire ESBS value chain in the areas of sensor systems, power electronics, intelligent wireless systems, microsystems and embedded systems to develop future-oriented solutions for industrial production, health, energy, mobility, safety and more. SAL brings together key players from industry, science and research and thus valuable expertise and know-how and conducts cooperative, application-oriented research along the value chain. Cooperative projects are co-financed by SAL and enable a fast and unbureaucratic project start. SAL is thus shaping the high-tech location Austria and Europe and developing the future 
Innovation is our top priority and so are our employees. We are a family-friendly company and support the compatibility of work and family as much as possible. That is why we have been awarded the Work and Family Certificate until 2026. But we are constantly working on new measures to offer our employees an environment where they feel good, healthy and motivated.

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