Senior Engineer, Hardware Prototyping / Emulation

SambaNova Systems

SambaNova Systems

Other Engineering
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The era of pervasive AI has arrived. In this era, organizations will use generative AI to unlock hidden value in their data, accelerate processes, reduce costs, drive efficiency and innovation to fundamentally transform their businesses and operations at scale.

SambaNova Suite™ is the first full-stack, generative AI platform, from chip to model, optimized for enterprise and government organizations. Powered by the intelligent SN40L chip, the SambaNova Suite is a fully integrated platform, delivered on-premises or in the cloud, combined with state-of-the-art open-source models that can be easily and securely fine-tuned using customer data for greater accuracy. Once adapted with customer data, customers retain model ownership in perpetuity, so they can turn generative AI into one of their most valuable assets.

Working at SambaNova

SambaNova is changing the world of AI through revolutionary solutions including hardware acceleration for machine learning applications. As a Senior Hardware Prototyping / Emulation Engineer you will be part of a team of engineers dedicated to the hardware acceleration of our technology, including defining, creating, and debugging prototyping / emulation models. We rely on these models to validate our architecture, accelerate our simulation environment, and provide a stable platform for software development. They are key to our success.


  • Work hands-on with RTL design, design verification, and software engineers to develop emulation models and workflows and debug block, chip, and system level issues on industry standard platforms.
  • Develop high performance transactors and emulation models in SystemVerilog and C/C++
  • Develop and optimize build and runtime flows to enable quick turnaround of functional and performance issues
  • Drive improvements by harnessing the capabilities of the emulator technology and by identifying/fixing bottlenecks in the test bench collateral
  • Proactively monitor and resolve issues ensuring efficient utilization of the platform through automation and other innovations
  • Partner with external vendors to debug and quickly resolve blocking issues, pioneer and deploy new capabilities

Basic Qualifications

  • MS in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering plus 2-5 years of relevant industry experience
  • BS in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering plus 5+ years of relevant industry experience

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Industry standard emulation technologies such as Palladium, Zebu, or Veloce
  • Strong coding skills in SystemVerilog and scripting/automation languages
  • Knowledge of emulation compilation flows, debug capabilities and performance tuning
  • Working knowledge of Linux / Unix environment
  • Familiarity with bug tracking and code revision control tools
  • Strong teamwork, organization, and communication skills

Annual Salary Range and Level

The base salary for this position ranges from $150,000/year up to $180,000/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 for US-Based Full-Time Direct Employment Positions

(The Recruiter will provide benefit details for non-US-based roles)

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 77% 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 available to you and your dependents includes a full subscription to Headspace, Gympass+ membership with access to physical gyms, One Medical membership, counseling services with an Employee Assistance Program, and much more.

Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at SambaNova Systems, you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified.

If you are a new, recent (within the last two years), or upcoming college graduate and are interested in opportunities with SambaNova Systems, please apply through our university job listings.

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.