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Graduate Validation Engineer

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    Entry Level / Graduate
  • Engineering
  • Edinburgh
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  • You need a Bachelor's degree in Electronics or relevant field, knowledge in analog/digital electronics, automation/scripting skills, hands-on experience with lab equipment, problem-solving abilities, and proficiency in communication protocols and version control tools.
  • You will develop and execute tests, debug silicon issues, collaborate with engineers, automate test frameworks, and analyze results for optimal validation efficiency.


  • Bachelors degree in Electronics, Computer Science or other related subject areas, and/or relevant proven experience in a related field
  • Sound electrical engineering knowledge in analog, digital, power electronics or audio engineering. This includes mixed signal building blocks such as ADC, DAC, PLLs, amplifiers, signal processing and measurement, IC control/communication protocols
  • Experience in automation and scripting/programming languages such as MATLAB, LabVIEW, C, Python or similar
  • Solid hands-on experience in lab equipment such as oscilloscopes, signal generators, audio analyzers, logic analysers, spectrum analysers for measurement and debugging issues
  • Self-motivated with excellent problem solving skills and attention to detail - you will need to understand silicon, board and software interactions
  • A highly driven approach to problem solving
  • Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
  • Good communicator and team player
  • Experience in niche areas such as post silicon validation, mixed-signal IP block design/validation, audio related signal processing, power management and algorithm, validation related automation framework
  • Experience using simulation tools such as LTSpice to support circuit design
  • Experience in various automation framework hardware tools (FPGA, DSP, NI Data Acquisition) or software tools/languages (Scripting languages such as C and Python, SQL, test sequencers such as NI Teststand, Spotfire, schematic capture tools)
  • Shown Proficiency in system understanding of various industry interface standards such as I2C, SPI, USB, I2S, TDM or high-speed control/data bus as example
  • Experience in version control tools such as Git, SVN and Perforce.


  • Develop and execute tests on the lab bench per the validation plan during pre-silicon and post-silicon phases of the product to ensure functionality and performance as per the datasheet
  • Think beyond the datasheet and around design corners to find elusive bugs
  • Able to think of test cases and customer usage models that may violate the assumptions of designers and systems engineers
  • Develop automated test framework, regression test suites in Python and/or LabVIEW to optimize validation efficiency
  • Work with validation peers to implement standard methodologies and continuous improvements to Cirrus Logic validation methodologies
  • Collaborate closely with IC Design engineers, System engineers and Application engineers to understand requirements and use cases
  • Debug analog/digital silicon issues, board issues and Validation software/hardware tools issues
  • Analyse test results and identify failures/defects using business intelligence tools such as Spotfire
  • Synthesize RTL designs targeted to custom Xilinx FPGA platforms, test and debug the FPGA model and perform full-chip emulation on FPGA platform
  • Design FPGA emulation and silicon validation board schematics and bring-up the platforms
  • Develop and work with supporting HW (FPGA, DSP, ARM, 8051, JTAG, debuggers) and SW (C, Python, LabView, Assembly) collaterals


What will be my main responsibilities as a Graduate Validation Engineer?

As a Graduate Validation Engineer, you will be a key contributor to the pre-silicon emulation/post-silicon validation/Characterization team, working on bringing innovative Mixed Signal Audio chips to market. Your main responsibilities will include helping to ensure the proper functionality and performance of our high-performance chips through rigorous testing and analysis.

What skills and qualifications are required for this position?

We are looking for candidates with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a related field. Strong analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills are essential for this role. Experience with pre-silicon validation, post-silicon validation, or characterization of semiconductor devices is a plus.

What kind of work environment can I expect as a Graduate Validation Engineer?

As a Graduate Validation Engineer, you can expect to work in a fast-paced, multifaceted, and creative environment. Collaboration, innovation, and continuous learning are key aspects of our culture. We offer on-site amenities like a gym and deli, as well as opportunities for professional development and growth within the company.

What are the benefits of working as a Graduate Validation Engineer at this company?

Working as a Graduate Validation Engineer at our company comes with a range of benefits, including the opportunity to work on cutting-edge technology and contribute to groundbreaking projects. Our dynamic and creative culture encourages collaboration and idea-sharing. We also offer on-site amenities, opportunities for personal and professional development, and a supportive work environment.

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Mission & Purpose

Cirrus Logic is a leading provider of high-performance, mixed-signal processing solutions for audio and voice applications. With a focus on innovation and engineering excellence, Cirrus Logic designs and manufactures integrated circuits and solutions that enable immersive audio experiences, efficient power management, and enhanced connectivity in consumer electronics, automotive systems, and industrial applications. By delivering cutting-edge technologies and industry-leading performance, Cirrus Logic aims to create value for customers while shaping the future of audio solutions.

Culture & Values

  • Job Satisfaction:

    This place has the best work environment in terms of special events and benefits of any place I have ever worked outside Silicon Valley. Of course the difference here is that you have a work/life balance and can afford a mortgage.

  • Continuous Improvement:

    Management is open and willing to try new ideas and support your efforts. This is critical to remain technical leaders in our field.

  • Communication:

    Everyone in the company is fair game when trying to get something done. I've had more communication with superiors and senior employees here than I've ever had before.

  • Integrity:

    The CEO is extremely approachable and speaks with an 'everyman language.' I've been at several other companies and usually the CEO is someone people avoid and who speak downward toward employees. This is the exact opposite here at Cirrus Logic.

  • Innovation:

    Management is willing to give contributors space to do their jobs, freedom to make mistakes (and learn from them), and support innovation at all levels.


  • Good Health

    Cirrus Logic offers multiple health care options to support our employees' and their families' unique needs and overall well-being. From preventive care, dental and vision care, an on-site medical clinic in Austin and significant funding to health savings accounts, Cirrus Logic puts a premium on good health by covering a wide range of health and wellness programs for our employees worldwide.

  • Family Planning and Dependent Care

    Becoming a parent is an exciting time in life. Cirrus Logic offers a full suite of family planning benefits covering fertility, adoption and paid parental leave. Dependent care offerings include backup childcare benefits and discounts, flexible spending accounts and even college coaching for older children.

  • Mental and Emotional Wellness

    In tandem with helping our employees take proper care of their physical wellness, Cirrus Logic offers resources for achieving overall mental and emotional well-being. Assistance with work-life balance, anxiety and challenges in handling life’s stresses is made available through a wide range of programs, including life coaching, counseling, mindfulness practices and an employee assistance program.

  • Work Perks

    Our modern facilities provide inviting environments for innovation and collaboration and our larger design centers offer a wide variety of amenities that include on-site fitness centers, exercise classes, discounted lunch service, free snack bistros, guitar classes, chair massages – and many more perks! Cirrus Logic employees also have access to a wide range of research and information resources through on-site and virtual corporate libraries supported by a dedicated librarian.

  • Flexible Schedules

    Our employees always have the flexibility to balance daily work-related responsibilities with time to unwind with family and friends. Our hybrid working environment follows a two-day in-office work schedule to allow for team-oriented collaboration and personal flexibility to work remotely.

  • Commuting to Work

    Cirrus Logic’s transportation programs offer a variety of stress-free alternatives for commuting to the office. These include dedicated employee shuttles at our design centers in Austin and reimbursement for using public transportation, such as trains and buses. With bike cages, on-site gyms and locker rooms, Cirrus Logic makes it easy to leave your car behind, help protect the environment and commute to work in style.

  • Retirement Planning

    Cirrus Logic provides various resources to help employees plan for their financial security. In addition to company-sponsored retirement accounts, Cirrus Logic employees have access to personalized guidance on various financial topics, including income protection plans, legal insurance, disability and life insurance options.

  • Bonus Programs

    With great work comes great rewards. Cirrus Logic rewards all employees for the company’s financial success and individual recognition programs celebrate employees who go above and beyond in their job performance. Key programs include semi-annual profit-sharing, individual recognition bonuses, a generous referral program for employees who help recruit great new people to our team and peer-to-peer awards that allow employees to recognize their fellow employees.