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Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Software Engineer I in San Jose, California

At Cadence, we hire and develop leaders and innovators who want to make an impact on the world of technology.

Cadence has a 30-year history of applying leading edge optimization and analysis algorithms to extremely complex problems in semiconductor and electronic design, verification, and analysis. We are looking for talented software engineers to join our system verification team. You’ll have a great opportunity to make a difference by applying your creativity and problem-solving skills, learn and/or apply multi-threading/distributed computing to solve large scale compile problems for logic optimization, partitioning and performance.

More specifically you will be part of the Xcelium compiler performance team whose responsibilities is to implement compiler language features and speed up the compile time of systemVerilog models. The team charter is implement the new language constructs defined by the systemVerilog IEEE standard constructs in the parser and compiler. The team is also focused on reducing the memory and time for compiling highly replicated designs like ML/AI designs.

The candidate will work in a mixed team of senior architects and junior engineers. The responsibilities will include profiling, analyzing performance and coming up with more performant solutions. The team is looking for a dynamic innovative candidate in search of a challenging project.


  • Highly motivated individual willing to continuously learn and work in a fast pace environment

  • Primary development: C++/C, Object Oriented Design

  • Parser and compiler development

  • Optimizing algorithm and code for performance or memory

  • Ability to characterize a problem and specify solution

  • Strong ability to reverse engineer code

  • Good understanding of sound software engineering principles

  • Good habits for writing technical specifications, design specifications and documenting code

  • Understanding of the importance and rigorous application of coding standards

  • Trouble shooting software issues remotely on large customer designs

  • Able to cope with a highly changing environment and agile development

  • Work with cross geographic team members


  • Excellent C++ design and programming skills

  • Strong understanding of data structures, algorithms and databases.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in C++, gdb debugging, and general software development skills

  • Understanding of compilers, parsing and code generation, static elaboration, event driven or parallel simulation

  • Formal training and on-the job application of object-oriented design and programming

  • Skilled at refactoring techniques, optimization strategies, unit test framework design/construction/usage, profiling tools, static analysis tools, code coverage or memory checker tools (valgrind, purify…)

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Knowledge of Verilog or SystemVerilog Hardware Description Languages is a plus

  • Familiarity with Agile development processes is a plus

  • Familiarity with Linux/UNIX tools

  • Familiarity with configuration management systems such as git or perforce


  • Minimum of B.S. in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering or equivalent and 2 years of experience in the software industry, or M.S. in Computer Science and 0 years of experience

    We’re doing work that matters. Help us solve what others can’t.

Cadence plays a critical role in creating the technologies that modern life depends on. We are a global electronic design automation company, providing software, hardware, and intellectual property to design advanced semiconductor chips that enable our customers create revolutionary products and experiences.

Thanks to the outstanding caliber of the Cadence team and the empowering culture that we have cultivated for over 25 years, Cadence continues to be recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. 
Our shared passion for solving the world’s toughest technical challenges, our dedication to pushing the limits of the industry, and our drive to do meaningful work differentiates the people of Cadence.

Cadence is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, basis of disability, or any other protected class.