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The MITRE Corporation Lead 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 to grow our team with highly talented engineers, specifically those with demonstrated experience implementing complex designs on cutting-edge FPGA platforms. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to architect 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.

Responsibilities include:

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

  • Leading cross-disciplinary teams of highly talented 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 or related field and 8+ years of related experience

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

Required Qualifications:

  • Expertise in RTL coding, FPGA architectures and high-speed interfaces

  • Expertise in industry standard best practices for design, verification, test, and deployment

  • Experience architecting and implementing complex designs on modern heterogenous computing platforms (FPGA, uP, CPU, GPU)

  • Experience targeting cutting-edge, reconfigurable SoC platforms (ex. Xilinx MPSoC, Xilinx RFSoC, Xilinx Versal, Intel Arria 10 SoC)

  • Experience integrating and validating third-party Intellectual Property (IP) into custom designs

  • Domain experience in communication, RADAR, EW, and/or positioning/navigation systems

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written

  • Technical and/or project leadership experience in FPGA design

Preferred Qualifications:

Highly-qualified candidates would meet several of the following preferred qualifications, however, we do not expect any individual to meet all of these and are looking to fill multiple positions according to technical expertise.

  • M.S. or PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering or related field and 12+ years of related experience

  • Experience leading multi-discipline teams to delivering electronic prototypes for signal processing applications

  • Ability to work with customers to understand their use cases and formulate a path forward, requires excellent oral and written communication skills for technical and non-technical audiences

  • Expertise in RTL development practices including design and code reviews, testing and regression, revision control, and user documentation

  • Expertise in signal processing with experience mapping DSP algorithms to embedded hardware

  • Experience working at the system level, spanning oversight across technical domains (antenna, RF, digital, software) to achieve state-of-the-art prototype systems

  • Experience with modern verification methodologies (UVM, OVM)

  • Experience with common electro-mechanical industry standards (i.e. VPX, FMC, MicroTCA)

  • Experience developing technical requirements targeting low-SWaP applications

    This requisition requires the candidate to have a minimum of the following clearance(s):

    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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