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FPGA Design Engineer

Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Lorton, Virginia, US

Company: QinetiQ

Who Are We?

We are a world-class team of professionals who deliver next generation technology and products in robotic and autonomous platforms, ground, soldier, and maritime systems in 50+ locations world-wide. Much of our work contributes to innovative research in the fields of sensor science, signal processing, data fusion, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and augmented reality (AR).

QinetiQ Inc.’s dedicated experts in defense, aerospace, security, and related fields all work together to explore new ways of protecting the American Warfighter, Security Forces, and Allies. Being a part of QinetiQ Inc. means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. 

Why Join QinetiQ Inc.?

If you have the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges, then you will experience a unique working environment where innovative teams blend different perspectives, disciplines, and technologies to discover new ways of solving complex problems.  In our diverse and inclusive environment, you can be authentic, feel valued, be respected, and realize your full potential. QinetiQ Inc. will support you with workplace flexibility, a commitment to the health and well-being of you and your family and provide opportunities to work with a purpose. We are committed to supporting your success in both your professional and personal lives.

QinetiQ is seeking an experienced FPGA Design Engineer to work in a fast-paced environment, participating and leading engineering teams designing the next generation C5ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems for the U.S. Military at our Lorton, VA C5ISR Headquarters. 


Your Contribution to the Mission:

  • Architect and design sub-systems for sensor and image processing platforms under the guidance of a Senior or Principal FPGA Engineer.
  • Support existing systems, system architecture development, FPGA IP component design, associated documentation tasks.
  • Development of a new design to integration of new or existing IP into an existing system.
  • Develop requirements, test plans, and perform testing.
  • Write HDL testbenches, participate in field data collection and experimentation, analysis, and reporting.
  • Work directly with engineers in other disciplines (typically EE, SW) to support the development of new sensor technology systems.


To Land this Job, You'll Need :


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering with strong EE background, plus 2-4 years’ experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Professional experience with Xilinx Vivado design tool suite
  • Professional experience with VHDL
  • Professional experience with VHDL simulation tools (Aldec Riviera-PRO preferred)
  • Experience using Xilinx Integrated Logic Analyzer (ILA) tool to debug designs
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with “hands-on” testing and troubleshooting
  • Proficiency with use of basic diagnostics tools such as digital multimeters and oscilloscopes
  • Familiarity with mixed-signal circuitry
  • Flexible, self-starting, desire to solve any problem
  • Must be able to travel (<15%) to customer sites to support meetings, testing, and repair activities.


Desired Qualifications:


  • Working knowledge of Linux as Xilinx build platform (Xilinx tool use would be on both Windows and Linux)
  • Experience with Atlassian tools (Confluence, JIRA)
  • Experience with Git/GitLab for revision control
  • Working knowledge of AXI bus designs
  • Zynq series PetaLinux build system
  • Knowledge and experience with DOD, SAE, IEEE, and/or IPC standards
  • Experience with protocols such as CAN, SPI, RS232, I2C, USB, Ethernet, MIPI, CameraLink, CoaXPress
  • Working knowledge of one of MATLAB, C / C++, Visual C#, Python
  • Prior work in the field of image processing


Job Type:  Full Time


Clearance Level Must Be Able To Obtain:

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QinetiQ Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All Qualified Applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.