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The MITRE Corporation Associate FPGA/Digital Hardware Engineer in Bedford, Massachusetts

Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challenges—and we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every day—working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE—and make a difference with us.

Would you like to join a team of world class researchers and engineers collectively focused on developing systems critical to national security? Are you seeking an opportunity to work in an environment where big ideas, sound technical arguments and sponsor impacts are valued? Then MITRE might be the place for you!

At MITRE, we believe that good ideas lead to great solutions through testing, exploration, development, and demonstration. In MITRE's Electronic System Development and Embedded Security department, we apply this principle as we dig deep into hard problems to find innovative, practical ways to solve tough challenges for a variety of government sponsors across a range of technical applications.

We are currently seeking entry-level candidates to grow our team, specifically those with experience implementing complex designs on cutting-edge FPGA platforms. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to design and implement technical solutions for a wide range of challenges currently faced by our government sponsors. We specialize in rapid prototyping of advanced sensor, communication and navigation systems on real-time embedded platforms. As an applied research organization, we focus on capability development and demonstration while remaining decoupled from protracted product lifecycles and system support roles. Our world class labs provide a canvas for our team to conduct hands-on research and develop tangible solutions to support our military leaders and reinforce our nation’s defense. If this sounds interesting to you, then we would love to speak with you. Apply for this position!

Responsibilities include:

This position provides an exciting opportunity to design and prototype state of the art embedded systems using commercial and custom platforms. Key opportunities include:

  • Working on cross-disciplinary teams of similarly bright and motivated engineers on projects of national importance

  • Real-time communication and sensor systems leveraging state of the art FPGA & SoC technology and cutting-edge SDR platforms

  • Advanced architectures for high throughput signal processing

  • Low size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C), highly integrated custom platforms

  • A supportive culture of learning, professional growth, and development

  • Opportunities to build on skills and work on a diverse range of projects

  • Outstanding continuing education programs

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Electrical or Computer Engineering with 0-2 years of relevant experience

  • Must be a US citizen capable of obtaining and maintaining a US government Secret clearance

Required Qualifications:

We are interested in highly motivated candidates with a wide variety of skills, insatiable curiosity, enthusiasm, and the ability and interest to dig deep on challenging technical problems. Required qualifications include:

  • Understanding of digital system design at the Boolean logic level

  • Experience with programming and a working knowledge of one or more RTL languages such as VHDL, Verilog or System Verilog

  • Exposure to FPGA simulation, synthesis, and implementation tools

  • Familiarity with good digital design practices including approaches to design, implementation, verification, testing, documentation, and debugging

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. or PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering

  • Exposure to cutting-edge, reconfigurable SoC platforms (i.e. Xilinx MPSoC, Xilinx RFSoC, Intel Arria 10 SoC)

  • Solid foundation of digital design principals

  • Solid understanding of development practices including design and code reviews, testing and regression, revision control, and user documentation

  • Familiarity with scripting languages and build tools (TCL, Python, cmake, etc.)

  • Experience deploying designs on FPGA or SDR platforms, from RTL, through simulation & synthesis, to lab bring-up and debug

  • Solid foundation of basic signal processing concepts and exposure to MATLAB

  • Experience implementing real-time signal processing algorithms for communication, RADAR, and/or navigation applications

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    This requisition requires the hired candidate to have or obtain, within one year from the date of hire, the following clearance(s):

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