Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Silicon Engineer - Physical Design Team (2022)

Start Date: September 2022. Bristol or Cambridge.

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Please note: We plan to monitor applications closely, and due to the volume, we might close applications early. We strongly recommend you get your application in as soon as possible. 

Founded just over five years ago, Graphcore's growth and impact has been little short of staggering. We believe we're in a unique position as a new wave of machine learning technology begins to emerge. We see a world where technology enhances human potential and takes us into a new era of intelligence and progress that everyone can benefit from.

What we can achieve over the next few years will re-shape businesses around the world.

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Meet our graduates and interns to learn more about Graphcore and what it's like to start your career at an AI hardware and software company.

Graphcore has created a completely 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.

The Team

The Silicon team are responsible for designing the silicon chips produced by Graphcore in leading node technologies and using the latest and greatest EDA Tools.

The Role

The Physical Design team are responsible for producing the chip final transistor level layout (GDS) ready to send to a foundry for manufacture

  • You will gain experience with modern physical implementation steps including, but not limited to, synthesis, place and route, timing analysis, physical design checks, power integrity, logical equivalence.
  • Our designs are in leading edge technology nodes which makes it more interesting and challenging, a very good environment to learn the latest silicon design techniques.
  • You will work closely with other silicon design teams, in particular the logical design team providing the RTL for the design and the DFT team ensuring it is testable.

Graduates at Graphcore

A tailored onboarding and induction programme, will get you up to speed with life at Graphcore, including a deep understanding of how the business operates. During your induction our technical specialists will host knowledge sharing sessions, providing you the opportunity to build your network.

Once in your team, you can expect hands on experience from day one and to make a real contribution.  A typical day would involve working closely with peers and your manager to solve challenges as they arise.

You will also benefit from a buddy, mentor and access to talent development team that will support your softer skill development.

About You

We are not looking for an instant expert, but graduates with the hunger to learn, develop and contribute to Graphcore’s ambitious growth plans. You will also be;

  • On track or achieved a 2:1 or above in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or related subject area
  • Able to evidence your technical skills such as C++ or Python, for example through hobbies, projects or previous work experience. We are also keen to understand your technical skill level.
  • A highly motivated, curious, self-starter, willing to take action, as proven through extra-curricular activities or hobbies beyond your studies
  • Strong team-working and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Passionate with a keen interest to learn about the exciting new field of AI


In addition to a very competitive salary and share options, you will also have the freedom to make your own choices that work for you, starting with unlimited holiday. You will also have a pension scheme and to support your well-being we provide health insurance, life cover and an employee assistance programme.

Our centrally-located Bristol office provides a well-stocked kitchen with healthy food, drinks and snacks and our very own barista! We have an active social scene too across our locations - from cycling, yoga, running and football right through to a board game group.

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Opportunity Overview

  • January 7th, 2022
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Bristol and Cambridge
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Hardware
  • IT Architecture
  • Information Technology
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Systems
  • Web Development

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