Staff Engineer, RTL Design, Security IP



Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 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.

Experienced engineer focused on Security Subsystem Microarchitecture and RTL. The person coming into this role will work on the implementation of security solutions for server-class CPU and AI/ML accelerator chiplets.

This role is hybrid, based out of Austin, TX, Santa Clara, CA, Boston, MA or Toronto, Ontario.


  • RTL design and Microarchitecture of a security sub-systems including features responsible for life-cycle management, Root-of-Trust, and cryptographic algorithms and accelerators
  • RTL coding in Verilog leveraging both industry tools as well as open-source infrastructure
  • Work with design, test and post silicon validation teams for high quality delivery of the security subsystem
  • Evaluate and integrate 3rd party IP components in the design
  • Drive trade-offs for your logic by working closely with architecture, DV and physical design engineers to craft optimal solutions that meet the design goals
  • Deploy innovative techniques for improving power, performance and area of the design, drive experiments with RTL and evaluate synthesis, timing and power results
  • Debug RTL/logic issues across various hierarchies (core, chip) in both pre-silicon and post-silicon environment
  • Enhance RTL design environment, tools and infrastructure

Experience & Qualifications:

  • BS/MS/PhD in EE/ECE/CE/CS with at least 5 years of experience
  • Strong background and experience with cryptographic algorithms, Root-of-Trust, key management and other security infrastructure
  • Knowledge of security assurance testing
  • Knowledge of industry standard protocols such as AXI, AHB, APB
  • Expertise in logic design and ability to evaluate functional, performance, timing and power for you design
  • Strong experience with hardware description languages (Verilog, VHDL), simulators (VCS, NC, Verilator), Synthesis and Power tools
  • Expertise in microarchitecture definition and specification development
  • Strong problem solving and debug skills across various levels of design hierarchies

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 sanctioned by the U.S. government.

As this position will have direct and/or indirect access to information, systems, or technologies that are subject to U.S. Export Control laws and regulations, please note that citizenship/permanent residency information and/or documentation will be required and considered as Tenstorrent moves through the employment process.