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Lightmatter Technical Project Manager - ASIC Design in Boston, Massachusetts

Lightmatter is a photonic computer company that is redefining what computers and human beings are capable of by building the engines that will drive discoveries and progress sustainably. With modern human progress relying heavily on computers, the world has hit a dead end with traditional transistors, and the prospect of constantly building data centers is an environmental nightmare. Lightmatter builds chips for artificial intelligence computing. Our architecture leverages the unique properties of light to enable a fast and efficient compute platform. We created a solution in photonic computing: using photons instead of electrons to take advantage of their higher bandwidth.

If you have a passion for working cross-functionally, leading projects to success, and doing impactful work, like helping build the world's first optical computers, you should join the team at Lightmatter!

We are hiring a Technical Project Manager in our Physical Design team to orchestrate the hardware engineering efforts on Lightmatter's chip design and tapeouts. If you haven't been a Project Manager but you're an experienced Lead ASIC Design Engineer and you're looking to make a move into Project Management this would be a great opportunity to make that move!

In this job you will work in constant collaboration with hardware engineering teams across the company to plan and drive objectives for the team. In this role, you'll be gathering requirements, driving quality initiatives, managing technical risks, and planning for all phases of the product life cycle. You will work with company and engineering leadership to develop and manage milestones and schedules for the many moving parts that need to come together.


  • Organize and expertly drive planning, scheduling, and day-to-day execution to support the silicon design team

  • Collaborate with leads and engineering teams in effectively estimating and prioritizing tasks in order to maintain high quality on a realistic delivery schedule

  • Develop and lead project plans (scope, schedule, and budget) to ensure alignment with key partners and business needs

  • Manage project schedules and quality, identify possible issues and risks, and clearly communicate them to project stakeholders

  • Facilitate recurring project meetings and operational checkpoint activities throughout the life cycle of projects

  • Set clear and targeted communication to management of project information, including project plan, key dates, and project status

  • Provide the required hands-on project management, cross-functional coordination, and internal and external team communications to deliver outstanding program outcomes

  • Take responsibility for release schedules and milestones, keeping up a high velocity in a fast-paced environment

  • Opportunities to engage with vendors and customers in external program management activities


  • Must have project management experience in mixed signal ASIC development

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field

  • 5+ years of experience in semiconductor technologies or related technical fields in a program/project management role

  • Hands-on experience in hardware program/project management

  • Attention to detail and strong ability to multitask

  • Experience influencing decisions and leading teams in a matrix environment

  • Enthusiastic, responsive, and passionate about finding opportunities for process improvement

  • Excellent communications and technical presentation skills

Nice-to-Have Qualifications

  • Expert user of program management tools such as MS-Project, Asana, Smartsheet or similar

  • Experience setting up project management initiatives from scratch in either a startup or a new business unit

  • Experience in communicating technical concepts to non-technical audiences

  • Prior mixed signal ASIC design experience


  • Comprehensive Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)

  • 401k matching

  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)

  • Generous Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)

  • Paid Family Leave

  • Short Term & Long Term Disability

  • Training & Development

  • Flexible, hybrid workplace model

  • Stock Option Plan