Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Silicon Engineer

Computer Science or Electrical Engineering

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Graphcore has created a new processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), specifically designed for artificial intelligence. The IPU’s unique architecture means developers can run current machine learning models orders of magnitude faster. More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence.

We believe our IPU technology will become the worldwide standard for artificial intelligence computing. The performance of Graphcore’s IPU is going to be transformative across all industries and sectors whether you are a medical researcher, roboticist or if you're building autonomous cars.

Our team is at the forefront of the artificial intelligence revolution, enabling innovators from all industries and sectors to expand human potential with technology. What we do, really makes a difference.

Vicky - Silicon engineering

What's it like to work Graphcore? Meet Vicky, one of our silicon engineers in Bristol to find out more.

What will you be doing?

Embedded within our Silicon team, you will have the opportunity to work on high-profile and meaningful projects from day one. We have developed a programme that allows you to enjoy on the job experience as well as building your knowledge through a comprehensive and tailored training and development plan.

As part of the programme you will undertake three six-month rotations within our Silicon team across the following disciplines: Logical Design and DFT, Verification and Physical Design.

  • The Logical design and DFT team are responsible for realising architectural intent in a form that can be physically implemented and subsequently manufacturing level tested.
  • The Physical Design team is responsible for taking the logical RTL and producing final transistor level layout (GDS) ready to send to a foundry for manufacture.
  • The Verification team is responsible for ensuring that our IPU performs in accordance with its specification and that its implementation is similarly accurate.

During these rotations you will gain experience with modern physical implementation steps such as synthesis, place and route, timing analysis, physical design checks, power integrity and logical equivalence. You will also gain experience with modern CPU and ASIC verification methodologies including constrained random test generation and functional coverage.

Our designs are in leading edge technology nodes which make our work more interesting and a very good environment to learn about the latest design challenges. All of the three rotations involve using industry standard EDA tools with which you will become familiar.

What will you bring?

A typical day would involve you working closely with other graduates and members of the team to solve design challenges as they arise. Our approach to solving design challenges is very much a collaborative one, based around teamwork and collective input.

We are looking for passionate, motivated individuals with a desire to learn, work and develop in a technically challenging, fast-moving environment.

In addition, you should:

  • Have a degree (1st) in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering.
  • Be able to program in order to solve design issues with experience of Python, Bash or C++.
  • Possess an inquisitive mind and a clear passion for technology.
  • Be able to work collaboratively and build relationships across teams.

What is life like at Graphcore?

Working at Graphcore is challenging and rewarding. In addition to your salary, we provide tangible benefits, including pension, health insurance, life cover and we trust you to take as much holiday as you need while being accountable for getting your work done to the best of your ability. All employees receive share options, giving everyone a stake in the future success of the business.

There are a large amount of social activities from cycling, yoga, running and football right through to a board game group. We also have a company social evening every 3 weeks where all employees can come together outside of the workplace. Our office team is around to help out with the small stuff, so people can concentrate on what’s important both personally and professionally. We have a kitchen well stocked with healthy food, drinks and snacks and our very own barista.

We welcome people of different backgrounds and experiences and are committed to building an inclusive work environment that makes Graphcore a great home for everyone. We are an equal opportunity employer and want to build a work environment where everyone is happy, productive and respectful so they can do their best work. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, just let us know.


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Opportunity Overview

  • August 31st, 2019
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 1st and above
  • Bristol
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Computer Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Hardware
  • Information Technology
  • Software
  • Systems

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