FPGA Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) would like to add an experienced FPGA Engineer to our diverse team of firmware and software experts. Are you interested in developing and applying new, leading-edge technology to RF, radio and EW challenges and to develop and deliver innovative solutions to meet the nation's critical needs? We are interested in speaking with you!

This senior level candidate will develop leading edge innovative components, with primary focus on the development of new concepts and software/hardware implementations for SDR applications including cognitive radio, cognitive EW, radar, digital beamforming, distributed sensing and machine learning. The ideal candidate will gain experience in application area of EW in embedding algorithms into FPGA-based software-defined radios (SDR) and general purpose processors (GPP). Future RF systems will produce gigabyte-per-second amounts of data requiring innovative new approaches in real-time signal processing.

Duties :

1. Develop new concepts and prototypes for FPGA applications in communications, radar and EW including cognitive radio and digital array techniques.

2. Lead interdisciplinary APL and sub-contractor teams in all aspects of system engineering from concept development through integration and test.

3. Analyze emerging SDR technologies and applications, evaluate direction of the SDR industry and make recommendations to government and APL leadership.

4. Work with APL staff and sub-contractors to put together cost, performance and schedule.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.


Required Qualifications:
BS degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering with eight (8) or more years of experience directly related to FPGA technologies. Demonstrated FPGA development experience on mid to large scale Xilinx (UltraScale, Virtex, Kintex) or Altera (Stratix, Arria) FPGAs.

Ability to obtain a Secret clearance or higher.

Desired Qualifications:
Experience with high-level synthesis of FPGAs using tools such as Matlab HDL Coder, OpenCL, Vivado-HLS, and Quartus.
Some software development experience
Prior experience desired, but not required, in EW systems, cognitive radio, dynamic spectrum access and/or policy based radio architectures

Special Working Conditions: Travel up to 10%.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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