Zama Is Hiring!

Hardware Frontend Engineer


Zama's mission is to safeguard privacy by making the internet encrypted end-to-end.

Zama is building a suite of products for securing AI applications in the cloud and on the blockchain. Developers and data scientists can build FHE-friendly applications using our technology without having to know cryptography.

Zama was founded by Pascal Paillier, a pioneer in FHE, and Rand Hindi, a serial privacy entrepreneur.

If you would like to learn more about Fully Homomorphic Encryption, you can read our 6-min introduction:

Job Description

Zama's Hardware team stands at the vanguard of creating an accelerator tailored for FHE on FPGA, encompassing the gamut from algorithm comprehension to the holistic development of the solution 🚀. As a core member of a dedicated team of 3 to 4 experts, your expertise will be instrumental in shaping the accelerator for FHE. Your collaboration with other teams, especially our research teams, is essential for the fruition of this pioneering initiative. Possessing a deep mastery in FPGA development and high-frequency hardware architecture is imperative. Given Zama's cutting-edge stance on homomorphic encryption, this role offers a unique challenge—innovatively implementing complex computations on hardware. A comfortable grasp of mathematics will stand you in good stead in this endeavor.

In this role you will:

  • Contribute to the development of vital functionalities of FHE on Xilinx Ultrascale+ FPGA, which includes designing both macro and micro architectures, crafting RTL in SystemVerilog, testing via simulations, and synthesizing on the target FPGA;

  • Oversee the FPGA bring-up, ensuring smooth execution and optimal performance;

  • Play a pivotal role in shaping benchmarks, aligning them with project objectives and industry standards.

  • Contribute to all other efforts in the Hardware team, including potentially ASIC.

Preferred Experience

  • Proven track record in developing synthesizable designs utilizing Verilog or SystemVerilog;

  • In-depth knowledge in FPGA development, especially on Xilinx platforms;

  • Proficiency with version control tools, notably git;

  • Familiarity with continuous integration practices and principles;

  • A background in scripting offers a significant advantage;

  • Outstanding communication skills, ensuring clear articulation and understanding across teams;

  • An inherent quality of being a team player, fostering collaborative growth and shared success.

A penchant for cryptography, fueled by curiosity and a desire to innovate, will set you apart in this challenging yet rewarding journey at Zama 💪. Join Zama's vision—where innovation meets implementation, and where you can shape the future of FPGA development. If crafting state-of-the-art solutions and pushing the envelope of technology inspires you, this role awaits your expertise 🤗.

Recruitment Process

Step 1: the application form.

Step 2: the challenge.

Step 3: the technical interview.

Step 4: cultural fit and compensation chat with the COO.

Step 5: the hacking trial.

Step 6: the reference check.

Our process is described in detail here: We will be in contact with exceptional candidates who we wish to advance through the recruitment process.

Zama values and promotes diversity. We give everyone a fair chance to be evaluated on their professional, academic, and personal skills. Our aim is to make the hiring process as pleasant, stress-free, and friendly as possible, even if the process is longer and more involved than you might find elsewhere.

Additional Information

  • Contract Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Paris
  • Education Level: Master's Degree
  • Experience: > 3 years
  • Possible partial remote

Sounds like something made for you?