Work In Tech

Find your next role at Canada's fastest-growing tech companies

Sr. Principal RTL Design Engineer



Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Tenstorrent is leading the industry on cutting-edge AI technology, revolutionizing performance expectations, ease of use, and cost efficiency. With AI redefining the computing paradigm, solutions must evolve to unify innovations in software models, compilers, platforms, networking, and semiconductors. Our diverse team of technologists have developed a high performance RISC-V CPU from scratch, and share a passion for AI and a deep desire to build the best AI platform possible. We value collaboration, curiosity, and a commitment to solving hard problems. We are growing our team and looking for contributors of all seniorities.

Tenstorrent is seeking a highly skilled and experienced RTL Design Engineer to join our dynamic team. In this role, you will be responsible for driving architectural and micro-architectural improvements to our AI IP, identifying performance bottlenecks, and proposing innovative solutions to optimize our designs.

This role is hybrid, based out of Toronto, ON; Austin, TX; or Santa Clara, CA.


  • Lead architectural and micro-architectural improvements for AI IP.
  • Identify performance bottlenecks and propose micro-architectural features to address them.
  • Collaborate with performance, DV, and physical design engineers to drive trade-offs and craft optimal solutions.
  • Deploy innovative techniques to improve power, performance, and area of the design.
  • Conduct experiments with RTL and evaluate synthesis, timing, and power results.
  • Debug RTL/logic issues across various hierarchies in both pre-silicon and post-silicon environments.
  • Enhance RTL design environment, tools, and infrastructure.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in EE/ECE/CE/CS or related field required; MS or PhD highly desired.
  • Thorough knowledge of microprocessor architecture and micro-architecture.
  • Familiarity with the latest AI models and trends.
  • Proficiency in floating-point arithmetic and formats.
  • Experience with performance modeling and analysis.
  • Knowledge of Instruction-set-architecture (ISA) extensions.
  • Strong background in RTL design of power and area-efficient designs.
  • Understanding of GPU and AI accelerator architecture.
  • Familiarity with physical design issues in RTL design and micro-architecture specification.
  • 10+ years of work experience in GPU/AI/Vector architecture and design.
  • Expertise in low-power micro-architecture techniques.
  • Experience in designing and delivering IP to external customers as well as internal teams.
  • Proficiency in RTL design and converging high-performance designs for performance, power, area, and frequency.
  • Knowledge of logic design principles along with timing and power implications.
  • Experience with project tracking methodologies and techniques.
  • Proficiency with simulators and waveform debugging tools.

Compensation for all engineers at Tenstorrent ranges from $100k - $500k including base and variable compensation targets. Experience, skills, education, background and location all impact the actual offer made.

Tenstorrent offers a highly competitive compensation package and benefits, and we are an equal opportunity employer.

Due to U.S. Export Control laws and regulations, Tenstorrent is required to ensure compliance with licensing regulations when transferring technology to nationals of certain countries that have been licensing conditions set by the U.S. government.

Our engineering positions and certain engineering support positions require access to information, systems, or technologies that are subject to U.S. Export Control laws and regulations, please note that citizenship/permanent residency, asylee and refugee information and/or documentation will be required and considered as Tenstorrent moves through the employment process.

If a U.S. export license is required, employment will not begin until a license with acceptable conditions is granted by the U.S. government. If a U.S. export license with acceptable conditions is not granted by the U.S. government, then the offer of employment will be rescinded.