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Digital Prospectors Hardware / Embedded Systems Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

Hardware / Embedded Systems Engineer

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract

Recruiter: Peter Roos (

Phone: 603-772-2700

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Job Title: Hardware / Embedded Systems Engineer

Location : Lexington, MA

Duration: 36 Months and 40 hours per week

*Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements to obtain a Security Clearance for access to classified information. An Active Secret Clearance without incident is desired.

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. An essential function of this job is physical attendance. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


Our client’s Secure, Resilient Systems and Technology Group is made up of software developers, hardware and electrical engineers, cryptographers, computer scientists, systems analysts, and security architects, who share a common passion for solving the hardest technical problems in national security. We pursue innovative, high-impact, practical research in small, focused teams. We succeed by being involved in all R&D phases, including problem analysis and innovative solution design, system architecture, rapid prototyping and field-testing, and ultimately transfer of our technology to DoD, Intelligence Community, and other government sponsors, as well as to industry.

We are looking for a high-quality, energetic embedded systems engineer experienced in the design and implementation of custom embedded algorithms targeting Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC FPGAs. The use of Xilinx Vivado, Vitis and PetaLinux tools and a knowledge of secure system development or interest and willingness to learn is necessary to successfully carry out this position.

Position Scope/Job Functions

You will help us create advanced technologies for ensuring security and resiliency of next-generation mission-critical systems relevant to national security. Work will include, but not limited to, leading the design and implementation of secure embedded system architectures to carry out mission critical processing tasks leveraging the latest Xilinx system on chip architecture. Development will involve system level trade space analysis based on a set of functional and security requirements. In addition, the candidate should be familiar with the development of one or more high speed interfaces such as PCIe, SATA, NVMe, etc. and have demonstrated successful ways of testing and validating such interfaces within a system. Success is measured in the ability of the candidate to clearly present reason for design level decisions and then realize the design in a functional prototype demonstrating that it meets all system functional and security requirements.

Skills: Required

Knowledge and significant experience in the following areas

  • Proficient in all aspects of FPGA design and verification

  • Demonstrated ability to perform trade-space analysis and clearly communicate findings to a diverse audience

  • In-depth familiarity with Xilinx FPGAs, Vivado, Modelsim, Linux (Bash, Tcl, Python) and source revision control (Git)

  • Demonstrated proficiency in embedded systems development in VHDL and/or Verilog HDL with some embedded C experience to validate system functionality

  • Demonstrated ability to design and validate high speed interfaces on custom boards in a lab environment

  • Ability to read schematics and IC chip data sheets to understand software/firmware interface requirements

  • Knowledge of secure system development or interest and willingness to learn

  • Candidates must be enthusiastic, innovative and motivated self-starters able to work independently, or with a group, to achieve program requirements

  • Candidates must possess strong oral and written communications skills, and must be able to present findings/results to internal and external organizations

Skills: Preferred

Experience with any of the following is a strong plus

  • Experience developing and testing software running directly on an embedded processors or microcontrollers (i.e., bare metal)

  • Experience configuring and deploying embedded Linux operating systems

  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: co-design and integration of software and hardware, integration and validation of third party IP cores, experience implementing high speed storage protocols (i.e. NVMe, SATA, USB 3.x), system-on-chip design and verification

  • Experience with engineering, manufacturing, board building in production environments

  • Government requirements, documentation, and accreditation of DoD systems

Ideal candidates would have an active clearance and have industry experience developing security related systems; this experience is not required but would be highly valued.

Education/Professional Certifications

PhD plus 5 years minimum experience, or MS plus 8 years minimum experience, or 15 years minimum experience.

Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges. We have placed hundreds of talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

The mission is critical and the work is as cutting-edge as it is rewarding. The teams are superbly managed groups of world class engineers from all types of interesting and diverse backgrounds - AND THEY ARE HIRING!

Make this your next career move as one of our many long-term contractors or employees!

Work as our full-time employee with full benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, PTO, Retirement, etc.) - OR - work as a W2 hourly contractor at a higher pay rate if you don't need the benefit package.


Founded in 1999, Digital Prospectors is an award-winning recruiting and consulting firm that specializes in placing contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire engineers into rewarding opportunities with our impressive and ever-growing client base. We believe that all people should love their jobs.

Come see why Digital Prospectors has been voted “ Best Staffing Firm to Temp For ” by Staffing Industry Analysts, " Best of Staffing " for candidate satisfaction by Inavero /, " Top Temporary Placement Firm " by Boston Business Journal, " Best Company To Work For " by Business NH magazine, " Excellence in IT and Engineering Staffing ” by TechServe Alliance, " Top IT Services Company " by Inc. Magazine, " Most Reliable Staffing Agency " in Forbes Magazine and " Top Ranked Staffing Firm " by Staffing Industry Analysts. (

Phone: 603-772-2700