Embedded Design Engineer - Firmware Developer

Huntsville, AL |Full Time
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Position Description

Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, is seeking a talented Embedded Design Engineer with a focus on FPGA development to join a diverse team to create unique solutions for complex problems. With offices across the United States engaging in the defense, space, cyber and commercial fields, Dynetics provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific and IT solutions.

The Product Engineering Department is a design-focused group of engineers specializing in advanced hardware-based solutions. The individual selected for this position will be an experienced FPGA firmware design engineer with varied technical interests and demonstrated engineering skills. The individual must be a self-starter with experience working with inter-disciplinary teams to solve challenging technical problems. The engineer will work closely with electronics integrated into a diverse range of aerospace and military systems including manned/unmanned ground/air vehicles, missiles, defensive radars, and space systems.

The selected candidate will be expected to:

  • Develop architectures from system requirements for FPGA implementation
  • Implement complex algorithms targeting FPGAs
  • Use VHDL for synthesizable logic design requiring HDL description
  • Provide technical oversight and mentorship to develop team members
  • Provide design inputs to board designers during development of custom hardware utilizing FPGAs
  • Actively participate in development and improvement of organizational practices for FPGA firmware development
  • Provide up to system-level input to program leadership during the planning and execution of engineering projects

The ideal candidate will thrive in a learning environment that encourages leadership and technical growth.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or equivalent degree from an ABET-accredited institution with 4+ years experience in FPGA firmware development from architecture through implementation, simulation, and hardware testing
  • Proven experience with hardware description languages such as VHDL or Verilog
  • Experience with common communication protocols such as: UART, Ethernet, SPI, I2C, CAN bus, etc.
  • Hands-on laboratory experience with instrumentation, test equipment, and debug/test methods for proving out FPGA development on hardware
  • Demonstrated experience effectively communicating within a team environment
  • Candidates must be a resident of the North Alabama area or willing to relocate to the Huntsville - North Alabama, AL area

Other Qualifications

Preference shown to candidates who have experience and/or working knowledge of:

  • Utilizing modern Xilinx FPGA and SoC families, design tools, and common internal interfaces (Xilinx IP Cores, AXI4, AXI-Stream) 
  • Developing FPGA logic using VHDL
  • Implementing high speed interfaces (PCIe, Aurora, 100GbE, JESD204B)
  • Interfacing with high speed ADCs and DACs
  • MIL-STD-1553 data busses 
  • Developing secure, safety and mission critical designs
  • Experience / expertise in the following areas:  
    • Datalinks / Modem development
    • Radar applications
    • Space applications
    • Control applications
    • General DSP applications
  • Additional embedded system experience (examples: SoC, ARM, PIC, RTOS)
  • Electronics and PCBA design

Security Requirements

Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Secret Clearance or meet the eligibility to obtain (and maintain) a Secret Clearance.

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