Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes

Summer placements only

* No first year students

2021/22 Scholarships

One new scholarship

Who we are and what we do

Picocom, the 5G open RAN baseband semiconductor and software specialist, is a semiconductor company that designs and markets class-leading, standard-compliant baseband SoCs and carrier-grade software products for 5G small cell infrastructure.

Picocom is a Small Cell Forum (SCF) leading contributor and has won several awards in contribution and innovation from SCF. The company is also a proud member of the O-RAN Alliance and techUK.

Picocom hires the most talented people globally and empowers them to work on innovative 5G Open RAN SoCs and software. Through its class-leading products, Picocom delivers a technical and competitive advantage to its customers, enabling them to compete in the rapidly evolving 5G telecoms RAN market and diversify their supply chains.

From our President

“Picocom is a young, fast-growing company. We may have only just over 100 employees worldwide (as of September 2021), but we are already selling to some of the largest telecoms companies on the planet and have amazing prospects. We are keen to attract enthusiastic, talented engineering students who are interested in an exciting career in the leading edge of wireless and semiconductor engineering, and we can offer genuinely interesting work in summer placements.”

What you could be doing during your work placement

Examples of work placement activities at Picocom:


  • ​Scripting tools to assist hardware test and verification
  • ​Testing and verification of on-chip components


  • ​Hardware signal integrity analysis
  • ​Electromagnetic modelling of boards and silicon with industry-standard tools
  • ​Lab-based verification using high-performance test equipment


  • ​Contributing to bespoke software for Picocom SoCs
  • ​Embedded software for RISC-V processors written in C
  • ​Testing of products using C and Python

Recommend areas of interest:

  • ​HDL scripting language logic design python
  • ​5G networks
  • ​Wireless communications
  • ​Networking
  • ​HDL
  • ​ASIC digital design
  • ​Silicon verification
  • ​RTL verification
  • ​Testbench design library generation
  • ​Python and C

Meet one of our Engineers: Oisin

What do I do?

I am a Design Engineer for the silicon team at Picocom. My day to day role involves designing new systems for our upcoming 5G system-on-chip devices. This includes writing SystemVerilog for RTL and verification and using other software programming languages such as Python and Matlab.

Am I glad I chose to work for Picocom?

As a recent graduate, I am thrilled that I chose to work for Picocom. While in university and through the UKESF Scholarship Scheme, I developed an interest in integrated circuit (IC) design and communications technology. To have landed a job that enables me to explore both is a fantastic and the ultimate way to kick off my silicon design career. Moreover, I am aware that some companies don’t always offer new graduates such responsible roles. However, Picocom allowed me to design systems into one of our forthcoming ICs from day one.

Picocom is a truly fantastic company to be employed by, and I enjoy working here. It’s not just the work that makes it so but also the people and the location. Everyone at the company has helped aid my transition into the company as a new graduate to get me started in my new role. I also love the office’s location as it is so close to Temple Meads, which makes getting to the office simple, and after work, there are plenty of places to explore in Bristol city centre.

Any advice for future applicants?

I would highly recommend applying; the broad nature of the work we do means that between the three teams of software, hardware and silicon, there will be a role that will fit a range of interests and passions. The UKESF scheme was a fantastic experience for me, and I highly recommend you apply for a Scholarship.