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Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Software Engineer in United States

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

The Cadence Virtuoso platform powers all of the latest design innovations in consumer, mobile and enterprise electronics worldwide. We are looking for talented software engineers to join our team and improve our flagship Virtuoso design entry and layout tools – a key part of our System Design Enablement strategy.

The position is open to candidates in the early stages of their careers, including new and recent graduates. Successful candidates will contribute to software design, implementation and test, to maintain our current software releases and provide future innovative enhancements, driven by our customers' need to adopt new and advanced technology.

Based at our Edinburgh office, the vibrant capital of Scotland, you will have the opportunity to work as part of a highly experienced local team in a global R&D organisation.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain the Virtuoso C++ code base

  • Absorb requirements for new features and create design, function and test specifications

  • Work closely with team members to develop techniques to increase the capability, capacity, performance and stability of Virtuoso

  • Interface with our build and regression system to test code commits as part of our development process

  • Collaborate with a global cross-functional team providing product engineering, verification, documentation and program management input

Job Qualifications:

  • B.Sc Hons (2:1), M.Sc or higher in computer science, engineering or related field

  • Strong understanding of data structures, algorithms and databases

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

Nice to have:

  • Scripting language skills in one of: Lisp, Skill, Python, TCL

  • Interest in analog or digital circuit design

  • Experience with GUI frameworks, such as Qt

  • Familiarity with Linux/Unix development

  • Exposure to build and version-control systems

  • Exposure to the Cadence Virtuoso environment or other electronic design platforms

Additional Skills/Preferences:

The successful candidate should:

  • Have the ability to communicate and present effectively

  • Be able to work and integrate well in a team environment

  • Have a pro-active attitude to problem solving and optimization

Additional Information:

Cadence achieved a ‘Top 20’ ranking in the Great Place to Work awards in the UK in 2021.

Cadence is committed to equal employment opportunity and employment equity throughout all levels of the organization. We strive to attract a qualified and diverse candidate pool and encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


Minimal travel is expected.

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.