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Draper Principal FPGA Design Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

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We are seeking a talented senior engineer to join the digital design team at Draper. The successful candidate will contribute to FPGA development including design, synthesis, verification, validation, test & support. Candidate must have experience using high level design, simulation and verification tools and be familiar with process flows supporting design and verification for digital FPGA efforts. Applicant should also be familiar with embedded software development for FPGA SoCs. Preference will be given to candidates with an understanding of hardware security, signal or image processing, filter design and algorithm implementation in hardware. Direct experience with embedded FPGA design is required.

Required Qualifications:

  • BSEE with 10+ years relevant experience

  • Fluent in Verilog/VHDL

  • Understanding of networking (specifically Ethernet/IP) layered models and protocols

  • Implementation of FPGA functions to accelerate SW (checksum engines, packet parsing, etc.)

  • Ability to debug designs simulated in a UVM environment

  • Capability to learn Libero tools, PolarFire (SoC) devices, and IP

  • Experience with joint design/debug with embedded software

  • Experience debugging FPGA fabric designs with embedded processor software on HW

  • Capability for evaluating trade space for adding new features to FPGA fabric and/or software (knows strengths of each technology and can optimize based on requirements)

  • Experience with design closure including timing, power and area for SWaP constrained designs

  • Familiarity with high speed interfaces (10Gbit Ethernet, PCIe, DDR4, LVDS, etc)

  • Experience with Linux and scripting languages

  • Strong analysis and problem solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MSEE with 10+ years relevant experience

  • Experience with 10GB Ethernet and IP id HDL designs

  • Understanding of higher layer protocols (TCP, UDP, etc.)

  • UVM skills (Test and/or Test Bench development)

  • Microchip Libero/PolarFire development

  • Experience with Microchip (Microsemi/Actel) IP

  • Experience with embedded processors within FPGAs

  • Experience with Xilinx Vivado design tools and Petalinux

  • Experience with Matlab/Simulink

  • Experience working with PCB designers

  • Active US secret/TS clearance strongly preferred

Security Requirement:

Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a US government security clearance which requires proof of US citizenship.

** Draper has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all Draper employees. This will be a condition of employment to work at Draper.



ID: 2022-6229

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc