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Electrical Engineer


Applications Engineer


San Diego, California, United States


Today, Electronic Warfare (EW) is a growing enterprise - protecting the warfighter and our national security against ever-adapting threats. The Leidos Innovations Center (LInC) at Leidos currently has an opening for a mid-level electrical engineer to support cutting-edge programs in San Diego. As an electrical engineer on these programs, you will join a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary team of signal processing and software engineers who are developing state-of-the-art technology that advances government technology from seabed to space.

The selected individual will design, develop, integrate and test high-speed printed circuit boards for system-on-chip (SoC) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC). He/she is expected to perform a wide range of functions to include hardware design, firmware development, manufacturing oversight, system integration, and test. The selected individual must possess a strong understanding of prototype circuit design, small form factor PCBs, SoC components, and radio frequency (RF) hardware for use in embedded systems. This includes application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC), field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), digital signal processors (DSP), and data converters. He/she must also possess a background in circuit board test and analysis to include power, thermal, mechanical testing procedures, test setup, and special test equipment. The selected candidate must also possess a sound knowledge of radar concepts as well as a good understanding of algorithm implementation and hardware/software implementation.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Design and integrate high-speed circuit boards to support a diverse array of signal processing applications

  • Perform trade studies for part and architecture decisions

  • Develop hardware specifications

  • Size FPGAs, SoCs, ASICs for digital signal processing (DSP) algorithm implementation

  • Develop FPGA firmware

  • Provide technical guidance and subcontractor oversight throughout PDB development process to include supervising design, layout, procurement, assembly, fabrication, and test.

  • Resolve complex issues related to approaches, requirements, specifications and design

  • Work closely with a team of software, firmware, and systems engineers to ensure Leidos’ PCBs meet product requirements

  • Perform integration and test activities to include developing tools and techniques for testing and verification

  • Attend regular customer meetings and lead technical discussions/program reviews to support federal government customers

  • Create product documentation and technical reports to include system requirements specfications, interface control documents, hardware description documents, test reports, and design reviews.

Basic Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or related field and 6+ years of prior relevant experience or M.S. degree with 4+ years of prior relevant experience

  • Required on-site full-time work in San Diego, CA

  • Secret clearance with ability to obtain Top Secret Clearance

  • Experience with digital hardware design, PCB technology, and RF components to include ASICs, FPGAs, DSPs, data converters

  • Experience with PCB design and layout along with associated tools and CAD packages

  • Experience with FPGA design, Altera, and/or Xilinx VHDL

  • Knowledgable of high-speed communication bus design and layout techniques such as USB, PCIe, XFI

  • Experience working on a cross-functional team (PCB layout, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and quality engineering) to facilitate the design process

  • Experience developing FPGA firmware and embedded test software

  • Experience developing test plans, executing validation and test procedures, evaluating test results, performing analysis and writing technical reports

  • Knowledge of various hardware and debugging equipment, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and spectrum analyzers

  • Experience with embedded signal processing algorithms, simulations, models, and/or software for deployment on complex SoCs

  • 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

  • 10% travel to customer/subcontractor sites as required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters’ degree or higher in Electrical/Computer Engineering

  • Strong understanding of radar theory and fundamentals with experience working in areas of radar modeling and simulation and/or algorithm development

  • Programming experience in C/C++, Java, Visual Basic, Python, or MATLAB

  • Background in FPGA/SoC security to include anti-tamper, secure boot

  • Demonstrated leadership on a science and technology (S&T) or innovative development project

  • Experience leading technical proposals or participating in business development strategy


Electronic Warfare

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $81,250.00 - $146,875.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.