Principal Field Application Engineer

About SiFive

As the pioneers who introduced RISC-V to the world, SiFive is transforming the future of compute by bringing the limitless potential of RISC-V to the highest performance and most data-intensive applications in the world. SiFive’s unrivaled compute platforms are continuing to enable leading technology companies around the world to innovate, optimize and deliver the most advanced solutions of tomorrow across every market segment of chip design, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, automotive, data center, mobile, and consumer. With SiFive, the future of RISC-V has no limits.

At SiFive, we are always excited to connect with talented individuals, who are just as passionate about driving innovation and changing the world as we are.  

Our constant innovation and ongoing success is down to our amazing teams of incredibly talented people, who collaborate and support each other to come up with truly groundbreaking ideas and solutions.  Solutions that will have a huge impact on people's lives; making the world a better place, one processor at a time. 

Are you ready?  

To learn more about SiFive’s phenomenal success and to see why we have won the GSA’s prestigious Most Respected Private Company Award (for the fourth time!), check out our website and Glassdoor pages.

Job Description:


This high-visibility role is part of the SiFive Customer Experience (CX) organization.  As a Staff to Sr. Staff Field Application Engineer, you will own and drive the pre-sales technical engagement with current and prospective customers around their CPU, SoC Architecture, Security, and Software/Firmware requirements.  You will need to formulate and clearly articulate a solution based on SiFive’s portfolio that can bring a differentiated value proposition to the customer’s needs. You will work closely with the Sales team to help meet sales targets. You will also act as the customer’s voice within the company, to enable delivery of market-focused solutions for our customers.

The ideal candidate will have an extensive background in CPU microarchitecture, firmware development, and SoC implementation. Prior experience in a customer-facing support/pre-sales role would be an added advantage.


  • Independently own, manage, and drive customer engagements - including evaluations, product demos, run customer benchmarks, PPA analysis, FPGA bringup, and more.
  • Work hand-in-hand with the sales team and take technical ownership of the sales process.
  • Independently and proactively seek out answers and devise solutions with ingenuity.
  • Understand and interpret customers’ technical requirements & propose solutions to help build best-in-class RISC-V SoCs.
  • Be the voice of the customer internally with an ability to clearly articulate detailed technical requirements to various internal stakeholders.
  • Support Marketing activities as needed, in the form of webinars, blog posts, writing application notes, supporting trade-shows, etc.


  • BS/MS in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science with 8+ years of proven industry experience.
  • In-depth, working knowledge of CPU architecture and SoC architecture.
  • Hands-on expertise with either HW development (RTL/implementation flows, verification/validation, backend flows, FPGA flows) or SW development (C/assembly, OS/RTOS, IDEs, Compiler/Debuggers) is a strong plus. 
  • Experience with CPU IP based on ARM, MIPS or RISC-V is a plus. 
  • Experience with automotive safety/FuSA development/deployment methodologies is a plus. 
  • Track record of successful customer engagements.
  • Self starter, able to work independently, and able to take ownership & initiative in driving technology/product interactions with the customer. 
  • Willing to travel & be in front of customers 25% of the time. 

Compensation Range:



Additional Information:

This position requires a successful background and reference checks and satisfactory proof of your right to work in

United States of America

Any offer of employment for this position is also contingent on the Company verifying that you are a authorized for access to export-controlled technology under applicable export control laws or, if you are not already authorized, our ability to successfully obtain any necessary export license(s) or other approvals.

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