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Draper Sr. 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

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact

We are seeking a talented 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, machine learning hardware accelerators, filter design and algorithm implementation in hardware. Direct experience with embedded FPGA design is required. Experience with Xilinx and Petalinux is preferred.

Required Qualifications:

  • BSEE with 6 years relevant experience

  • Experience with Xilinx, Intel and/or Microchip FPGAs and SoCs and embedded design

  • Fluent in Verilog/VHDL/SystemVerilog

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

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

  • Experience with Linux and scripting languages

  • Strong analysis and problem solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MSEE with 6 years relevant experience

  • Experience with Xilinx Vivado design tools and Petalinux

  • Machine learning hardware accelerators

  • Experience with Matlab/Simulink

  • Experience working with PCB designers

  • Active US secret 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: 2021-5550

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc