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Intelligence Processing Unit

Graduate Product Test Engineer (2021)
Bristol, GB
Job Description / Skills Required

Please note: We plan to monitor applications closely, and due to the volume, we might close applications early. We strongly recommend you get your application in as soon as possible. 


Founded just over four years ago, Graphcore's growth and impact has been little short of staggering. We believe we're in a unique position as a new wave of machine learning technology begins to emerge. We see a world where technology enhances human potential and takes us into a new era of intelligence and progress that everyone can benefit from.  

What we can achieve over the next few years will re-shape businesses around the world.  

Graphcore has created a completely new processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), specifically designed for artificial intelligence. The IPU’s unique architecture means developers can run current machine learning models orders of magnitude faster. More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence.  

The Team  

Graphcore’s Product Test team design and implement testing methods to identify non-conformities or defects in our IPU-based systems before shipment to our customers. This requires a very broad skill base across the team that of course includes a thorough understanding of semiconductor (IC) and PCB based system manufacture, but also an awareness of the wide range of tools and techniques that can be used to do "test". This includes fundamental electronics, various software types, statistics, some basic mechanical and thermal engineering, and sometimes a bit of chemistry.  

The Role 

As a graduate in this multi-disciplinary team, you’ll work on the IPU’s hardware and software platforms using the latest tools and systems to identify and help resolve errors in manufacture or design.  

As well as applying a creative approach to test design, you’ll also need to collate, analyse and present the findings to our specialist engineering teams for resolution. This requires an iterative and a methodical approach to problem-solving, with an eagerness to learn as you go.  

Graduates at Graphcore  

A tailored onboarding and induction programme, that will get you up to speed with life at Graphcore, including a deep understanding of how the business operates. During your induction technical specialists will host knowledge sharing sessions, providing you the opportunity to build your network.  

Once in your team, you can expect hands on experience from day one and to make a real contribution. A typical day would involve working closely with peers and your manager to solve challenges as they arise.  

You will also benefit from a buddy, mentor and access to a talent development team that will support your softer skill development.  

About You  

We are looking for technical engineers with a creative flair, adaptable approach and curiosity to learn. In addition, you should;  

  • Be on track to obtain a 2:1 or equivalent in an Electronics Engineering or similar degree subject area 
  • Have a systematic approach to solving problems in complex electronics systems  
  • Enjoy working on your own electronics hobby projects beyond your university course  
  • Be able to demonstrate strong data and statistical analysis skills  
  • Enjoy working in a varied and fast-changing environment  
  • Demonstrate strong team-working and excellent interpersonal skills  
  • Confident using Python, Linux, Bash, Git  
  • Have some experience working with semiconductors or microelectronics  

We are not looking for an instant expert but graduates with the hunger to learn, develop and contribute to Graphcore's future. 


In addition to a very competitive salary, you will also have the freedom to make your own choices that work for you, starting with unlimited holiday. in addition, we offer a pension scheme and to support your well-being we provide health insurance, life cover and an employee assistance programme.  

Our centrally-located Bristol office provides a well-stocked kitchen with healthy food, drinks and snacks and our very own barista! We have an active social scene too - from cycling, yoga, running and football right through to a board game group.  

Hiring process and starting at Graphcore  

For the time being, our hiring process has shifted to adapt to the new circumstances. While we love getting to know you in an onsite final stage interview, your interview will now likely take place via video call.  

Our Bristol office is open, and employees that wish to work from the office can work safely, adhering to social distancing guidelines. Although we cannot comment at this stage on the working arrangement when you join, we continue to operate a flexible office base.  

We welcome people of different backgrounds and experiences and are committed to building an inclusive work environment that makes Graphcore a great home for everyone. We are an equal opportunity employer and want to build a work environment where everyone is happy, productive and respectful, so they can do their best work.  

If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, just let us know.