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Senior FPGA Design Engineer

Date: Jan 18, 2023

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 Inc. is looking to hire an experienced FPGA Design Engineer to support the design and development of cutting edge technology systems at our Lorton, VA C5ISR Headquarters. 


Your Contribution to the Mission:


  • Work in a fast-paced environment, participating in and leading engineering teams designing the next generation C5ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems for the U.S. Military. 
  • The senior/principal FPGA engineer will be responsible for project architecture and large-scale problem solving usually as the discipline lead in a project.
  • Candidates must be able to architect and design systems for sensor and image processing platforms, assigning subtasks to junior firmware (FPGA or embedded software) engineers. 
  • A solid background in electrical engineering, VHDL, and experience with Xilinx devices is required.
  • Solid engineering problem solving, experience with safety critical and/or fault tolerant designs, and experience with hazard, failure, risk analyses (i.e. FMEA, FTA, etc.) are required.
  • Tasks may include support of existing systems, system architecture development, FPGA solution architectural design, associated documentation tasks.  Activities may range from development of a new design to integration of new or existing IP into an existing system.
  • Senior/Principal FPGA design engineers frequently develop solution architectures, work-scope estimates, supervise and guide development efforts and support proposal writing efforts. Works directly with engineers in other disciplines (typically EE, SW).  Moderate (<25%) travel to customer sites may be required to support meetings, proposal, and customer visits.



To Land This Job, You Need:


  • M.S. or PhD in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering with strong EE background, plus 5-10 years’ experience
  • Prior professional work in the field of image processing
  • Professional experience with Xilinx Vivado design tool suite in a Linux environment
  • Working knowledge of AXI bus designs
  • Experience using Xilinx Integrated Logic Analyzer (ILA) tool to debug designs
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Comfortable with proposal writing and leading PDR/CDR technical presentations
  • Professional experience with VHDL
  • Professional experience with VHDL simulation tools (Aldec Riviera-PRO preferred)
  • 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


Desired Qualifications:


  • Prior professional work in the field AI/ML hosted on programmable logic
  • Experience with Atlassian tools (Confluence, JIRA)
  • Experience with Git/GitLab for revision control
  • Knowledge of the 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



Job Type:  Full Time

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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.