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Staff Engineer, Post Silicon Validation



United States
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 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.

We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated Post Silicon Validation Engineer to join our dynamic team. In this role, you will be responsible for the post-silicon execution and debugging of our advanced AI hardware. You will develop tools, software, and scripts for post-silicon verification, and work closely with our customers to replicate and troubleshoot issues. You will also work with design and architecture teams to develop debug features. This role requires a strong background in software and firmware, along with experience in emulation and RTL.

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


  • Execute post-silicon validation tasks, including debugging using tools and techniques like JTAG, on-chip logic, trace, and scan.
  • Define and develop post silicon validation infrastructure for content development and execution.
  • Develop and maintain collateral for post-silicon verification, including tools, software, and scripts.
  • Utilize emulation for firmware and post silicon content verification before deployment.
  • Define, design and implement debug features. Provide debug feature requirements with insights from post silicon validation experience.
  • Collaborate closely with hardware engineers and design teams to ensure alignment of software and hardware design.
  • Provide customer-facing support. This includes root causing customer issues by triaging, replicating fails in-house and providing software or hardware solutions as needed.
  • Stay updated with the latest advancements in post-silicon validation and debugging techniques.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in post-silicon validation and debugging.
  • Proficiency with debugging tools and techniques, including JTAG, on-chip logic, trace, and scan.
  • Strong software and firmware development skills.
  • Experience with hardware emulation and understanding its limitations.
  • Familiarity with RTL design and the ability to convert post-silicon features to pre-silicon design information.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience in customer-facing roles.
  • Ability to work effectively in a small, collaborative team environment.
  • Experience with CPU or AI hardware and machine learning frameworks. (preferred)
  • Knowledge of CPU, GPU or FPGA programming. (preferred)
  • Understanding of parallel computing and distributed systems. (preferred)
  • Experience with version control systems such as Git. (preferred)
  • Experience with RTOS. (preferred)

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.