Interoperable, ultra-low profile, high-gain satcom on the move


Digital IC Design Engineer

A talented and motivated IC Digital Engineer to work alongside the Analog/RF design and system teams to provide full flow of embedded digital solutions for integrated RF transceiver chipsets for next generation of satellite communications. As a digital frontend/backend engineer, you will be responsible for the design, logic synthesis, place and route (PNR / P&R) and the full flow of digital tasks for semi-custom design in ASICs on different technology nodes.

Look up and lock on to a bigger future, fast

As the original disruptors in solid-state satcom-on-the-move antenna, Hanwha Phasor is rewriting the book on phased arrays. It’s one of the toughest challenges in satcom. And, so far, we are the only team to demo multi-axis capability in real world conditions.

Now we’re closing in our goal: active electronically-steered antennas (AESA) for super-fast, super-reliable connectivity—GEO, of course, but LEO, MEO and HEO too.

Our inventive combination of digital and analogue architectures enables highest performance gain for lowest power and lowest profile, while our modular approach enables configurable apertures for the full range of enterprise customers on the move – in the air, on land or at sea.

Backed by Hanwha Systems, the Korean technology giant with a growing presence in global satcom, we are attracting formidable partners: we have appointed a world-class, global manufacturing partner, and two of the world’s best FABs are working on our chips.

So, what does that mean for you? All the fast-paced opportunity you’d expect from a challenger, plus the systems, processes and investment you’d want from an established industry leader.

Technical responsibilities

  • Setting up design frameworks for digital front-end (design) and backend (physical design) tasks
  • Design and implementation of interfaces, state machines, and controlling logic required to create new digital macros within the ASIC chipsets
  • RTL-level digital design and problem solving
  • Run Logic Synthesis on RTL code including creating design timing constraints (SDC), optimisation techniques, Gate Level Simulation (GLS), etc.
  • Designing and Implementing DFT strategies
  • Outline the floor plan of the digital part of the ASIC and work closely with the chip layout lead.
  • Run Place and Route on synthesised netlists applying optimisation techniques for APP (area, power and performance), STA, IR Drop etc.
  • Responsible for the quality of the layout and integration within the chip
  • Delivering all aspects of the digital IP for sign-off.
  • Collaborate with design, system, system integration, test and validation engineers.
  • Summaries and create reports along with necessary technical documentation.
  • Provide broad technical expertise to the team.

Organisational responsibilities

  • Ongoing development of core competencies & technical skills
  • Receptive and agile to the project needs.
  • Good estimation of timescales for projects & sub tasks
  • Follow good engineering practices including processes, documentation, tools & automation.
  • Identify risks, flag issues in a timely manner so project milestones remain on schedule.

Essential qualifications and skills

  • Good understanding of digital theory
  • Good understanding of digital interfaces such as I2C, SPI, UART etc
  • Strong RTL coding and documentation practices
  • Verilog fluency in design, simulation, and verification domains
  • Experience in scan insertion and ATPG generation
  • Ability to master the full digital design flow (front-end to back-end)
  • An Engineering degree in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in digital IC design
  • Basic knowledge of programming languages (Python, Perl or C,..)
  • Ability to work and interact with engineering teams across multiple disciplines during ASIC project stream development
  • Great communication skills and able to take responsibility for complex digital IC design
  • Excellent planning & organisational skills along with good verbal and written communication skills


  • Mixed-signal simulation (Cadence AMS/DMS), interfacing with analog functions and config views
  • Design experience with custom state machines and control logic for use with analog circuits.
  • RTL design for synchronous applications, including multiple clock domains
  • DFT and ATPG scan insertion
  • Experience with scripting languages such as PERL and Python
  • Experience with FPGA’s
  • Experience with using MATLAB and Simulink
  • Experience with LabView programming and environment

All the benefits you'd expect from an industry leader

  • Competitive salary
  • Bonus scheme
  • Contributory pension
  • Life insurance at 4X annual salary
  • Flexible working
  • 25 days' holiday (plus recognised public holidays) and holiday purchase scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Training – continuing professional development to enable our people to succeed
  • Private Medical Insurance (PMI)
  • WeCare – access to 24/7 online GP

Overseas candidates welcome, generous relocation package

  • Sponsorship available on some roles – check vacancies
  • Visa application support and advice for you and your dependants
    • Full access to immigration consultant to assist with application process
    • Visa fees paid in full for employee + up to three dependants
  • Immigration health surcharge (IHS) covered for employee and up to three dependants for the length of the visa
  • Interest-free loans for employees with no prior UK residency – to help with essential purchases on arrival
  • Ongoing advice, support group and buddy scheme with other employees who have recently moved to the UK

Cambridge Technology Centre:

Hanwha Phasor’s ASIC Centre of Excellence is based in Cambridge Science Park, comprising 150 acres/1.7 million square feet of high technology and laboratory buildings and home to some 7,000 people at over 130 companies, ranging from exciting start-ups to some of the world's leading technology businesses.

  • Attractive landscaped setting, with abundant greenery, lakes and wildlife
  • Gym, nursery, hairdressers, cafes, coffee shops and Cambridge’s famous foodPark, a collective of top-quality Cambridge-based street food traders – up to six food trucks arrive on site every Thursday, offering top-notch food year round, whatever the weather.
  • Many cycleways and bus networks, linking to the rail network, which is a 10-minute walk away. Cambridge town centre is 10 minutes by car.

For further information on how to future-proof your satcom solution, contact us here