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The MITRE Corporation FPGA-ASIC Engineer in Bedford, Massachusetts

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MITRE’s Electronic Systems Development and Embedded Security department is seeking to hire talented engineers with a background in FPGA and/or ASIC design to support advanced research and development projects of national significance. Qualified candidates will join a multi-disciplinary team to help support the design and implementation of proof-of-concept prototype systems on embedded hardware platforms. Our diverse set of sponsors and research objectives provide a wide variety of interesting work opportunities such as:

  • Real-time communication and sensor systems leveraging cutting-edge FPGA technology and SDR platforms

  • Advanced architectures for high throughput signal processing algorithms

  • Tightly integrated, custom platforms targeting low size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) applications

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

Roles and Responsibilities:

Our team specializes in rapid prototyping of advanced sensor, communication, and navigation systems on state-of-the-art embedded system platforms. This position provides an exciting opportunity to work on the following:

  • Component development across FPGA and ASIC technologies

  • Implementation of algorithms in SW/HW on embedded systems

  • Supporting development, integration, and testing of custom prototypes in the lab

Minimum 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. Minimum qualifications include:

  • 1 year of related experience with a related Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering or similar field, or equivalent combination of related education and work experience.

  • Must be capable of obtaining and maintaining a DoD Secret security clearance

  • Understanding of digital system design at the Boolean logic level

  • Basic understanding of circuits

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

  • Exposure to FPGA or ASIC simulation, synthesis, and implementation tools

  • Exposure to programming languages such as (C/C++, Python, etc.)

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Applicants selected for this position will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. In addition, candidates must meet requirements to support project work onsite in our labs and classified facilities on the Bedford Campus

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. or PhD in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering or similar field

  • Exposure to cutting-edge, reconfigurable SoC platforms (AMD Xilinx MPSoC, AMD Xilinx RFSoC, AMD Xilinx Versal, Intel Agilex SoC)

  • Familiarity with all phases of digital design, including architecture, implementation, verification, test, documentation, and version control

  • Exposure to leading edge process nodes and foundries including GlobalFoundries, Intel, and TSMC

  • Solid understanding of processor interface techniques such as memory mapped peripherals and interrupts

  • Familiarity with scripting languages and build tools (TCL, Python, CMake)

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

  • Fundamental understanding of microelectronic circuits and transistors

  • Experience in EDA ASIC design tools including synthesis, timing closure, and place & route

  • Basic understanding of signal processing concepts and exposure to MATLAB

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