Principal Engineer, Post-Silicon Bring-up / Validation : Ethernet Physical Layer

SambaNova Systems

SambaNova Systems

Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2023

The third era of AI has arrived, powered by Generative AI. Generative AI is achieving step-function increases in scale, versatility, and accuracy compared to legacy AI technologies, presenting an opportunity for organizations to fundamentally transform their business and operations.

SambaNova Suite™ is enabling organizations and enterprises to achieve the transformative promise of these new AI technologies with a fully integrated hardware-software system that delivers innovation across the full AI stack, including the most accurate generative AI models, optimized for enterprise and government. This creates the AI backbone for the next 10 years and beyond.

Working at SambaNova

This role presents a unique opportunity to shape the future of AI and the value it can unlock across every aspect of an organization’s business and operations. SambaNova is hiring a senior-level Post-Silicon Engineer who will be responsible for the post-silicon bring-up and validation of the Ethernet subsystem. In this role you will be working closely with the silicon, system, software, and operation teams. You will play a unique and critical role in the productization of the SambaNova DataScale® system, and you will be provided with cross-functional learning across the hardware and software stack with opportunities for growth in a fast-growing AI system company.


  • Develop and execute post-silicon bring-up and validation plan (characterization, stress test, functional and performance validation) for Ethernet physical layer(L1) in the SambaNova DataScale® system
  • Provide leadership and domain expertise for Ethernet physical layer up to 100G PAM4, 400/800G ports , FEC, MAC/PCS
  • Perform system-level debug and root-cause analysis through bring-up, validation, and production phase
  • Partner with system, product, and software teams on product test deployment, RMA debug, and product release
  • Collaborate with design, verification/emulation and software to ensure bring-up readiness (e.g. power-on sequence, debug tool and script, contingency planning)
  • Engage in pre-silicon verification, emulation and software development effort related to Ethernet L1 layer
  • Drive technical innovation in post-silicon infrastructure including tools and script development, technical and procedural methodology enhancement, and ongoing monitoring and other cross-functional technical initiatives

Basic Qualifications

  • BS or MS degree in EE, ECE or CS
  • 5+ years of practical experience in silicon/system bring-up and debug

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with high-speed Ethernet subsystem bring-up [minimum 56G PAM4, 100G/200G ports]
  • Understanding of embedded/system FW and PHY drivers for triage and diagnostic tooling
  • Excellent debugging skills at both SoC and system level
  • Strong programming and scripting skills (C/C++, Python, bash, etc.)
  • Self-starter and ability to drive tasks to completion with minimal guidance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with pre-silicon validation/emulation
  • Ability to isolate/triage electrical vs functional issues
  • Working knowledge of Ethernet architecture (MAC/PCS/FEC) and experience engaging with architects and vendors on these issues

Annual Salary Range and Level

The base salary for this position ranges from $165,000/year up to $210,000/year. This range is based on role, level, and location and reflects the salary target for new hires in the US. Individual pay within the range will depend on a number of factors, including a candidate’s job-related qualifications, skills, competencies and experience, and location.

Benefits Summary

SambaNova offers a competitive total rewards package, including the base salary, plus equity and benefits. We cover 95% premium coverage for employee medical insurance, and 80% premium coverage for dependents and offer a Health Savings Account(HSA) with employer contribution. We also offer Dental, Vision, Short/Long term Disability, Basic Life, Voluntary Life and AD&D insurance plans in addition to Flexible Spending Account(FSA) options like Health Care, Limited Purpose, and Dependent Care. Our library of well-being benefits includes a full subscription to Headspace, access to One Medical, counseling services with an Employee Assistance Program, and much more.


Submission Guidelines

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EEO Policy

SambaNova Systems is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Customers turn to SambaNova to quickly deploy state-of-the-art AI capabilities to meet the demands of the AI-enabled world. Our purpose-built enterprise-scale AI platform is the technology backbone for the next generation of AI computing. We enable customers to unlock the valuable business insights trapped in their data. Our flagship offering, SambaNova Suite™, provides the most accurate generative AI models, optimized for enterprise and government organizations, deployed on-premises or in the cloud, and adapted with an organization’s data for greater accuracy