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FPGA Hardware Engineer ( R-00082968 )


Applications Engineer



San Diego, California, United States


Job Description:

The Leidos Innovations Center has an immediate opening for a mid-level FPGA Engineer to work in San Diego, CA. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage your experience to develop and produce advanced nuclear detection, radiography equipment, chemical and biological sensing instruments and satellite sensor systems. Emphasis is on research and development with activities ranging from support of early scientific research to transitioning products to production.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and test FPGA designs for Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear, and Space sensor systems for federal government customers.
  • Develop and execute FPGA test plans, determine root cause of test failures, and iterate with senior staff to determine design changes to improve FPGA performance.
  • Support electrical engineering activities including FPGA designs and system integration and testing with CAD and lab activities.
  • Collaborate with a multi-disciplined design team to design and integrate DSP applications for latest System on a Chip (SoC) implementations such as Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ and Xilinx RFSoC.
  • Analyze, design, and implement HDL test benches in hardware description languages, HDL (VHDL, Verilog), for code validation and validation against models.
  • Able to synthesize, place and route, meeting timing requirements from high-speed FPGAs
  • Analyze, design, simulate, and implement designs which interface to common signaling standards, typical IP hard macros such as SERDES, PLLS, etc. and/or protocols such PCIe, 10GBE Ethernet, LVDS, etc.
  • Use judgment to perform technical troubleshooting and diagnosis of failed equipment and support root cause analysis.
  • Perform data analysis and write technical reports.
  • Develop and maintain design documents, functional requirements and interface control documents

Basic Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related field from an accredited college/university with 4+ years of relevant experience as an electrical engineer or computer engineer in an R&D environment.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  • Experience or coursework related to testing FPGA or CPLD designs in an electronics lab.
  • Fluent in Vivado, Modelsim or Riviera. Fluent in testbenches and self-checking verification methods.
  • Working knowledge of electronics test equipment like function generators, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and lab power supplies.
  • Well-organized, reliable, attention to detail, demonstrated personal initiative. Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload. Good interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate work with others. Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with cross-functional R&D development teams.
  • Motivated self-starter able to work under minimal supervision and an entrepreneurial approach to roles and responsibilities.
  • <20% travel to customer sites as required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters’ degree or higher in Electrical/Computer Engineering with emphasis on digital/ASIC/FPGA design is a plus.
  • Breadth of experience in a complementary discipline like circuit design, PCB design, FPGA design, or embedded software is a plus.
  • Experience reviewing and documenting technical data packages for military products.
  • Demonstrated mid-level lead position in a large FPGA project


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