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FPGA DSP Firmware Design Engineer


Applications Engineer


Arlington, Virginia, United States


The Electronic Warfare Division of the Leidos Innovation Cen is looking for a FPGA DSP Firmware Design Engineer to work with a multi-disciplined design team (electrical engineers, systems engineers, scientists, etc) to design, develop, simulate, and integrate challenging DSP FPGA designs and RF sensor systems based on given project requirements. Candidate will have a strong background in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms and their implementation in MATLAB and FPGAs in support of a fast paced, multi-disciplinary design team. This role will also support integration, test, and verification in the final products.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Analyze, design, simulate, and implement algorithms in hardware descriptor languages, HDL (VHDL, Verilog), based on customer requirements and/or MATLAB model(s).
• Collaborate with a multi-disciplined design team (electrical engineers, systems engineers and scientists) to design and integrate challenging DSP FPGA designs and RF sensor systems.
• 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+, Intel Stratix-10, and Xilinx RFSoC.
• Analyze, design, and implement HDL test benches in hardware description languages, HDL (VHDL, Verilog), for code validation and validation against models.
• Perform design constraints generation and verification as well as evaluate synthesis and timing performance reports.
• Implement and validate signal processing concepts such as FFTs, channelizers, digital filters, digital modulation, digital down/up-conversion, adaptive processing, etc. into either new or existing modular HDL designs.
• 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, JESD204B, LVDS, etc.
• Analyze schematic diagrams for either custom or commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) electronic hardware involving high-speed digital and/or analog circuitry in associated FPGA-centric systems.
• Develop and maintain requirements documents, functional specification documents, interface control documents, etc.
• Generate and maintain engineering drawings and configuration management policies for FPGA project hierarchy.
• Develop project test plans and test procedures, provide test planning support, and assist in the execution of both lab testing and field testing.
• Provide occasional technical support and/or field support planning, and other field support in general if needed.
• Conduct experimental tests on latest FPGA and SoC evaluation boards, evaluate results, and then develop specifications for selecting next-generation components for deliverable systems.
• Work on problems of diverse scope, determining methods and procedures to be used on new assignments, and providing feedback and recommendations to other technical personnel.
• Interact with outside customers, suppliers, and functional peer groups.
• Some travel and work at remote sites for limited time periods may be occasionally required.
• Provide status reports to project managers and/or division production manager as required.

Basic Qualifications
• BS in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering or related degree
• Minimum of 2+ years of relevant experience
• Ability to be granted a security clearance
• Experience with at least one FPGA Integrated Design Environment tool set such as Xilinx Vivado and Mentor Graphics ModelSim.
• Strong debug and problem solving skills
• Experience in HDL Design / Development, including:
• Ability to distill higher level requirements into micro-architecture
• VHDL, Verilog HDL coding
• Digital simulation using Modelsim/Questa or similar
• Experience with designer-level test bench (VHDL or SystemVerilog)
• Familiarity with revision control (git, cvs, clearcase, etc.)
• Working knowledge of internal logic analyzer (ILA/chipscope/signaltap)
• Experience and willingness for lab testing

Preferred Qualifications
• Masters degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering
• Experience with DSP fundamentals and FPGA implementation
• Experience with Matlab/Simulink
• Experience with microchip EDA tools and flows (Synopsys, Cadence, etc.)
• Experience in leading a design team
• Experience in hardware design and hands-on lab debug
• Experience with SystemVerilog/UVM
• Experience with generating scripts (Perl, Tcl, Python, etc.)
• Working knowledge of C/C++
• Experience with interfaces: ADC/DACs, SerDes, PCIe, JTAG, DDRx
• Existing Secret (or above) Clearance


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 $65,000.00 - $117,500.00

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.