Silicon Austria Labs (SAL)

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

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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).

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Senior Scientist for Digital Design with focus on RISC-V​ (f/m/d)
Inffeldgasse 33 Graz, Austria
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