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FPGA Design Engineer 

Category Engineering  

The Sensors Division focuses on technology development for advanced sensor systems, particularly in the areas of airborne/surface-based radar, electronic warfare, underwater acoustics, hyperspectral imaging and EO/IR sensing. Within this role, we perform work at full system prototypes, experiment campaigns and technology component development. Particular development roles within the Sensors Division include RF analog/digital hardware, acoustic hardware, signal processing algorithms, machine learning algorithms, tracking/fusion, as well as real-time embedded processor implementation.

STR is hiring a Lead FPGA Design Engineer to implement complex system algorithms and interfaces in FPGAs for Radar and EW systems. Applicable projects span all levels of maturity from initial concept generation through design, prototype, development, test, and transition to production. The Lead FPGA Design Engineer will be responsible for leading architecture development and implementation of complex FPGA designs. They will interact with system engineers to drive requirements, develop FPGA architectures, make system trade decisions, implement, test, and verify designs through simulation and lab test. These FPGA designs could include signal processing across very wide bands, high data rate interfaces, serial interfaces and complex control logic. Detailed design documentation and test plans will be created and maintained by the Design Engineer. Additional duties include leading and participating in small multi-disciplinary teams, working together on a variety of challenging tasks.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead the architecture development and implementations of complex high data rate and wideband, parallel signal processing designs
  • Lead team of junior FPGA designers including technical development and mentoring
  • Map system-level requirements and objectives to FPGA specifications
  • Validate designs with simulation and verification techniques before hardware integration
  • Participate in FPGA development process improvement
  • Full life cycle of development and integration of FPGA into hardware system
Position Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain a Security Clearance
  • BS or MS in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering with at least 7 years of experience
  • Experience with FPGA and SoC design entry using Verilog or VHDL (Verilog preferred)
  • Experience with design flow for Xilinx or Altera FPGAs
  • Experience with simulation tools such as ModelSim/Questa, VCS, or Incisive

Desired Qualifications:

  • Active Security Clearance at the Secret or Top Secret (TS) level
  • Proficient with Xilinx or Altera SoC platforms
  • Proficient with FPGA or ASIC RTL design entry
  • Strong background and experience with industry best practices and version control
  • Proficient with high-speed memory and interfaces (DDR4, PCIe, Ethernet)
  • Proficient with complex timing closure
  • Experience with Matlab, Python, or C/C++
  • Experience with interfacing to high speed DACs and ADCs
  • Experience with Digital Signal Processing
  • Understanding of RF Systems, specifically Radar or EW
About the Organization Systems & Technology Research (STR) is a rapidly growing technology company with locations north of Boston, MA, Arlington, VA and near Dayton, OH. We specialize in advanced research and development for defense, intelligence, and national security, trying to understand how to protect our society: from stopping malicious botnet attacks, to understanding cyber vulnerabilities, providing next generation sensors, radar, sonar, communications, and electronic warfare to developing artificial intelligence algorithms and analytics to make sense of the complexity that is exploding around us.

STR is committed to creating a collaborative learning environment that supports deep technical understanding and recognizes the contributions and achievements of all team members. Our work is challenging, but you go home at night knowing that you pushed the forefront of technology and made the world a little safer. We recognize that the world is changing, that it is becoming more connected than ever before, making things change faster than before, and reshaping society in the process. We all want to understand this changing world and leave it better for our work.

We're not just any company. Our people, culture, and attitude along with their unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives put us on a trajectory to change the world. We can't do it alone, though - we need fellow trailblazers. If you are one, join our team and help to keep our society safe!

EOE Statement STR is fully dedicated to hiring the most qualified candidate regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the employment process, email us at and provide your name, phone number and email address.

US Citizenship is required for all positions.

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