How to Land a Job at Semiconductor Firm Movidius

Semiconductor designer and distributor Movidius wants to power advanced apps on mobile devices when it delivers its new chip architecture next year. In June, it got a boost to its efforts with a $16 million financing round. With the funds, the company plans to bump up its research and development team to approximately 60 people from its current 40.

The new positions will largely be based at the company’s headquarters in San Mateo, Calif. The company’s looking for computational imaging software architects, applications engineers and SDK architects, according to CEO Remi El-Ouazzane.

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Eight-year-old Movidius develops computational imaging chipsets to allow mobile devices to continuously handle video, mobile imaging and vision processing applications.

Who They’re Looking For

In seeking to bolster its R&D team, Movidius wants to hire people with, in El-Ouazzane’s words, “a particular aptitude for algorithmic design and system architecture for embedded imaging and computer vision systems, and also those with experience in the development of leading-edge tools for multi-core processing platforms.”

These roles are for technical leaders, who will direct internal development roadmaps as well as work with customers and partners to architect and optimize their solutions onto Movidius’s platform.

How to Read a Job Posting

Zero in on the technical skills required for each job, then think of all relevant experience that you possess. “We’re looking mainly for directly relevant (technical) experience,” says El-Ouazzane.

The Interview Process

When meeting for an in-person interview, you’ll not only face the typical technical questions by hiring managers and team members, but also be screened for a cultural fit. Movidius is especially keen on IT pros who are self-motivated.

“Movidius is looking for self-starters who can contribute at a high-level with minimum supervision,” says El-Ouazzane. “We let people run with their ideas and in turn, they tend to thrive at Movidius.”

Advice for Seasoned Professionals

Movidius expects you to contribute immediately after begin hired, and at a highly productive level. As a result, you’d be wise to not only possess those directly relevant skills, but also to have a thorough understanding of the company.

Advice for New Graduates

Movidius doesn’t hold new college graduates to quite the same standard. That said, the company does expect grads to have enthusiasm for learning and the ability to pick up the workload and pace quickly.