Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Embedded Platforms Software Engineer

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About the role

We are looking for enthusiastic Graduate Electronics or Embedded System Engineer to join Arm’s Hardware Platform team, who are working at the forefront in the following embedded areas:

  • Development and validation of physical hardware platforms, based around Arm’s custom system-on-chip (SoC) and FPGAs.
  • Creating software to test Arm systems both in simulation and in hardware (FPGA & Silicon)
  • Porting existing simulation/emulation RTL validation software to real hardware
  • Create and maintain Build environments & Automation tooling to ensure we supply high quality products
  • Software design and implementation of reference firmware for Arm processors and systems – for example working on the software to enable our cutting-edge CoreLink secure subsystems
  • Software stack development to enable Arm IP. This includes implementing HALs, drivers, connectivity, security, power and control components
  • Board support firmware using STM32 and LPC11 microcontrollers
  • Operating system development (Linux, mbedOS, FreeRTOS, etc)
  • Development of reference software and demos for Arm Partners to use and replicate in their own products.
  • Support and maintenance.

Arm Peterhouse Technology Park

Our new facility enables us to increase our headcount in Cambridge to 3,000 people.

If you’re interested in:

  • The potential to work on all aspects of product development, from specification to customer release.
  • Eager to learn, willing to give anything a go.
  • The challenges of bringing up a new development board.
  • How to build, test and debug full software stacks on hardware that hasn’t yet been manufactured
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of system architecture and performance
  • Working alongside system hardware designers to develop the best platforms to support Arm’s partners.

Then we have a role for you!

What will I be accountable for?

As a Graduate, you will be placed in a development team at Arm’s offices in Cambridge, UK where you will have a mentor, and be able to get to grips with the problems ranging across many software areas. You will be working across all aspects of the software lifecycle whilst being supported by and learning from the rest of the team. You will also be offered the opportunity to explore other teams within Arm during your first 12 months with us, as part of our Graduate Rotation programme.

Whilst a lot of our work does involve Open Source software, many tasks require working with development platforms, or simulated hardware environments where features are being developed and tested before the physical devices have been built, so the problems you will be expected to understand and solve are ones that are yet unknown to the general community.

Job Requirements

What skills, experience and qualifications do I need as an Embedded Software Intern?

Essential Skills & Qualities

  • A passion for embedded computing that goes beyond your studies
  • A creative and structured approach to problem-solving
  • Knowledge of low level C and/or C++
  • Basic understanding of digital and analogue electronics and circuit diagrams
  • Understanding of hardware description languages, such as Verilog/VHDL.
  • Comfortable communicating within a small team
  • A desire for learning and self-improvement.

Desirable Skills and Qualities

The following skills are not essential for this role, but experience in any of the following areas would enhance your application:

  • Knowledge of a leading RISC based computer architecture ideally Arm
  • Knowledge of common hardware interfaces, USB, SD Card, Ethernet, RS232, SPI, I2C and drivers
  • Embedded hardware debug using oscilloscopes
  • Bare metal C application development
  • IDE and compilation technology, e.g. Eclipse and Keil MDK
  • RTOS development or validation
  • Knowledge of other languages, such as shell, Perl, Python, Java, Haskell or any assembly
  • An appreciation of how and why version control software is useful
  • Some knowledge of Linux operating system kernel or device drivers
  • Low level device driver development and integration experience
  • An appreciation of some of the ways in which computer architectures differ
  • An understanding of embedded power management techniques or security technologies
  • An understanding of radio protocol standards such as Bluetooth and/or Wireless LAN
  • Hands on experience with hardware and software debuggers
  • Excellent written and spoken English; can write coherent documentation.


Your particular benefits package will depend on position and type of employment and may be subject to change. Your package will be confirmed on offer of employment. Arm’s benefits program provides permanent employees with the opportunity to stay innovative and healthy, ensure the wellness of their families, and create a positive working environment.

  • Annual Bonus Plan
  • Discretionary Cash Award
  • Group Personal Pension Plan with enhanced company contribution
  • Medical, Travel, Health & Life Insurances
  • Holiday, 25 days annual leave with option to buy an additional 5 days per year
  • Sabbatical, 20 paid days every four-year of service
  • Volunteering, One (1) paid working day each year (TeamARM)
  • Varies by location: cycle to work, free car parking, gym on site, team and social events.


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Job ID Number: 19172
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  • Ongoing
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  • All grades
  • Cambridge
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