City:  Dresden
Date:  May 22, 2023

ASIC Physical Designer

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS, we work at the highest international level on nanoelectronic, mechanical and optical components and their integration into tiny, "smart" devices and systems. Together with industry, service companies and the public sector, we develop innovative solutions for the direct benefit of companies and for the benefit of society. Our technologies can be found in all relevant markets, such as information and communications technology, consumer electronics, semiconductors, automotive and medical technology.

The Data Communication & Computing business unit supplies product-related solutions to application-specific problems for customers in industry and research.  These include hardware and software in the areas of optical wireless communication (Li-Fi), battery-free IoT sensor nodes, real-time communication systems, automotive electronics, RISC-V processors and AI algorithms.

As a Hardware Developer* Backend Digital you will have the opportunity to work in a highly innovative area as part of our dedicated team. You will specify, implement and optimize hardware components of complex SoCs and mixed-signal ASICs for high performance or low power. For this team we are currently looking for a talented and experienced ASIC Physical Designer who would like to support us.


What you will do

  • Responsibility for research and development in physical/backend design for SoCs or mixed-signal ASICs (implementing RTL design to GDSII).
  • Perform RTL code checking, static timing analysis, and test build using state-of-the-art design tools
  • Create floor planning and apply clock tree synthesis (CTS) for optimal chip run times
  • Independent verification of design drafts with regard to e.g. timing, power and noise (sign off) as well as central contact person for troubleshooting and analysis before production (DRC/LVS)
  • Proactively introduce future exciting development ideas and topics and drive the innovation processes forward
  • Supervision of students in scientific work


What you bring to the table

  • Successfully completed master's degree or diploma in computer science, electrical engineering or a related field
  • Several years of professional experience in the backend area
  • Technical know-how in ASIC Place&Route tools (e.g. Cadence or Synopsys) and experience with scripting languages like Shell, TCL, Make or Python 
  • Good knowledge in languages like VHDL, Verilog or SystemVerilog 
  • Personality: communicative and responsible team player with strong problem solving skills and the ability to think outside the box


What you can expect

You can look forward to an inspiring working environment that thrives on trust, creativity and team spirit. We offer you independent tasks with creative freedom for your talents and ideas. We promote your individual development with intensive induction, regular feedback meetings and individual training. We also support you in achieving a work-life balance through flexible working hours, various sports and health offers, and other Fraunhofer programs. We combine current research work with customer projects for companies in a unique way.


Your career: Challenging, varied, with the best development opportunities.
Your environment: Highly professional and innovative.
Your new employer: the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
Your future address: The Fraunhofer IPMS.


The weekly working time is 39 hours. The position can also be filled on a part-time basis. The position is limited to 2 years. A longer cooperation is aspired. We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). Additionally Fraunhofer may grant performance-based variable remuneration components.

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!



Ms. Isabell Zwinscher

Human Resources

telephone: +49 (0)351 8823- 1227


Mr. Dr Michael Faulwaßer

Specialty department

telephone: +49 (0)351 8823- 214

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS 


Requisition Number: 63444                Application Deadline: as long as online


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