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Senior Functional Safety Engineer - Semiconductor

Engineering – Portland, Oregon
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Company Overview

kVA by UL is a technical and management consulting group, focused on automotive functional safety, ISO 26262 and autonomous driving safety. kVA by UL provides technical consulting, audit & review services, and training to various industries including automotive, semiconductor and industrial equipment. We get the job done for our clients where safety is non-negotiable.


At kVA by UL we provide big-company stability in a small-company entrepreneurial environment.  We are leaders in our growing and dynamic industry.  To grow, we need great employees, employees who are willing to work hard, innovate, and make a difference. Join our exciting company and help kVA by UL develop the next generation of safe automotive systems.

Position Overview

kVA by UL is seeking a Senior Functional Safety Engineer to become an integral part of our growing team. This employee will help to assure the safety of complex systems, in applications ranging from autonomous vehicles to multi-core microprocessors to electric vehicle powertrains. kVA by UL's experts are sought after by automotive experts worldwide as they develop advanced safety-relevant systems. The senior engineer will work with kVA by UL's semiconductor clients to develop verified safe products, using leading-edge technologies and the best available safety approaches.

In this role, you will work directly with clients to execute safe engineering processes for development of automotive electronic systems. This employee must be intelligent, self-motivated and driven to succeed.

Roles and Responsibilities 

Specific duties vary from case to case, but are likely to include:

  • Development of safety requirements at the integrated circuit level to achieve and maintain safety of automotive systems per ISO 26262 requirements;
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis at the integrated circuit level, using methods such as FMEA, FMEDA, FTA, qualitative and quantitative fault design tree analysis (DTA), and alternate safety analysis approaches;
  • Test case development for safety-critical assurance processes;
  • Implementation of safety management programs in product development settings;
  • Design, development, integration, and test support at major OEM and supplier sites.


  • BSEE/MSEE with 5+ years of relevant working experience
  • The preferred candidate will have a degree in the field of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related field.
  • Ability to communicate and work closely with major clients to develop and assure safety-critical electronic and semiconductor products.
  • The preferred candidate will have experience designing integrated circuits for functional safety compliance and performing chip level safety analysis.
  • Experience with RTL design tools and languages such as Verilog, VHDL, Synopsys, Cadence, or similar.
  • Experience with software and tools for embedded control environments, including Matlab, Simulink, dSpace, LabView, HIL/SIL test environments, C code development, MISRA and other coding guidelines, and related tools and methods.

Strong understanding of functional safety hardware systems/designs and experience with ISO 26262. Ideally the candidate will have already achieved ISO 26262 certification.

Working at kVA by UL

kVA by UL offers a world-class working environment for motivated professionals. Along with competitive compensation, kVA by UL offers meaningful employee-friendly policies including

  • Flexible work locations including work-from-home flexibility on a regular basis, as well as a great office location in downtown Portland, OR.
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Full suite of competitive benefits for you and your family, including comprehensive health, vision, and dental coverage
  • Company-paid life insurance
  • Retirement plan with company contributions
  • Long-term employee development programs including funded job training and sabbatical programs
  • Annual performance-based incentive pay
  • Managers who are supportive while providing you room to develop and achieve your goals.
  • Room for growth in an exciting, growing company.
  • Collaborative and innovative work environment with active knowledge sharing

 kVA by UL provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

For more information about our company, please visit our website www.kvausa.com

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