FPGA Software Engineer

How do cyber terrorists get past the industries best? They don't. There are too many of us fighting virtual threats, protecting enterprises and entire countries from large-scale attacks. From creating a citywide wireless network for our first responders, to protecting our nation from cyber threats, to building software-defined radios that change how our military communications, our Information Systems team helps life run smoothly and safely.

If you are the sort of person who loves a challenge and likes to be involved in serious organizational and software change -- Then what is happening in the Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions Division is the place for you. This is without a doubt one of the most interesting and exciting times to join an organization like ours. The culture is one of excellence; team work, learning, delivered value and people. We are looking for people who love to learn and take initiative to really make this happen.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a FPGA Software Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals located at Annapolis Junction, MD.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Hardware development position on a team developing accelerated processing capabilities spanning across FPGA and software development.

Specific duties include:

  • Perform system design, development, integration, test, and documentation duties to ensure proper operation of hardware and software platforms.
  • Perform analysis of candidate architecture implementations.
  • Define and develop interfaces.
  • Prototype and optimize hardware components.
  • Expected to participate in developer led integration of software baselines.
  • Motivated, independent worker to fit on a small problem solving team.
  • Lead hardware discussions and collaboration efforts with other hardware teams and organizations.
  • Adhere to accepted standards for development, including writing unit tests, participating in peer reviews, conducting design reviews, and generating test plans to ensure maximum stability and quality of code.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 7 years of experience as a Software Engineer supporting hardware-software co-design projects with an emphasis on FPGA and software development and requirements analysis, selection and evaluation of COTS/GOTS tools, and integration.
  • Experience with OpenCL.
  • Capable of leading a small team to develop innovative applications and engineering solutions.
  • Proficiency in debugging and troubleshooting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 years of experience programming using VHDL/Verilog.
  • Experience with Git and SVN.
  • Knowledge of technical principles, theories, and concepts.
  • Knowledge and experience with network programming and network protocols.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related discipline from an accredited college or university is required. Four (4) years of additional software engineering experience on projects with similar software processes may be substituted for a bachelor's degree.

Security Clearance: An active TS/SCI clearance with polygraph is Required.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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