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Senior Hardware Design Engineer

Engineering/IT/Security/Software Development
1900008F Requisition #

nCipher Security, an Entrust Datacard company empowers world-leading organizations by delivering trust, integrity and control to their business critical information and applications. 


Our cryptographic solutions secure emerging technologies – Cloud, IoT, Blockchain, digital payments – and help meet new compliance mandates. Using the same proven technology that our customers depend on today to protect against threats to their sensitive data, network communications and enterprise infrastructure. We deliver trust for your business critical information and applications, ensuring the integrity of your data and putting you in complete control – today, tomorrow, and at all times.


nCipher has successfully transformed itself into a people-centric, Agile organisation. 


A Senior Hardware Engineer role has arisen at nCipher Security based ideally in our fantastic Cambridge Office, or optionally in our Crawley Office.  The purpose of this role is to work within a collaborative Security Product Engineering team, playing a key role in the design, implementation, test and review of new hardware designs and in maintaining the company’s existing high quality security product hardware platforms.


Key Responsibilities and Activities

  • Rapidly develop technical domain and product knowledge
  • Provide architectural input and advice as required to help develop the product roadmap and ensure solutions meet future product requirements
  • Work collaboratively with Product Management and other stakeholders to establish and agree high level needs and priorities for product hardware platforms
  • Plan work collaboratively with the whole Engineering team to ensure that dependencies and planning commitments are understood and observed
  • Carry out the hardware design, prototyping and validation activities associated with Agile product development
  • Regularly prototype, integrate and demonstrate hardware platforms as part of “system demos”
  • Ensure on-going change control, testability and manufacturability of our hardware designs provide support and direction to less experienced team members
  • Drive enhancements to the way that our products are designed and  maintained
  • Continuously develop your personal skills in collaboration with your line manager

Skills and Experience

  • At least 5+ years of demonstrable experience of high speed digital design on high performance embedded systems
  • Experience developing products with 32 or 64 bit processors, DSP's, FPGA's, ASSP's and high speed memory devices
  • The ability to analyse complex technical problems and offer innovative, reasoned and practical solutions to demanding requirements
  • Experience with high speed interface technologies, DDR3, 4, LP, PCIe, SAS, 10G Ethernet
  • Experience with microcontroller development and efficient low power design techniques
  • Appreciation of the fundamentals of: analogue, RF, electro-mechanical and mechanical engineering
  • Experience of signal integrity analysis, design for EMC, safety and relevant regulatory standards
  • Experience of design for manufacture, test and support
  • Experience of professional  ECAD systems – ideally Altium
  • Good understanding of Engineering standards and processes
  • Able to achieve at least Baseline Security Clearance
  • Ideally, experience of design and implementation of hardware architectures for security products
  • Ideally, an appreciation of developing physical tamper solutions, including security analyses
Essential Qualifications
Degree qualified, or equivalent, in a relevant technical degree or postgraduate qualification

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