Senior FPGA Design Engineer

Cambridge, MA

Job Type: Contract | Recruiter: Denise Reha | Phone: 6173374251

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Job Title: Senior FPGA Design Engineer

Location: Cambridge, MA

Duration: 12+ Months

Candidates need to be a US Citizen as the Laboratory is a cleared facility.

*An Active Secret Clearance without Incident is required for this role.

This position requires that applicants be fully vaccinated for Covid 19 or have a valid religious or medical exemption.

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. 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.


We are seeking a talented senior engineer to join the digital design team at our client. 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 6 years relevant experience

Fluent in Verilog/System Verilog Coding

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

Capability to learn layered communications protocols

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

Communicate effectively with SW engineers (in support of program execution)

Strong analysis and problem solving skills


Preferred Qualifications: 

MSEE with 6 years relevant experience

Experience with 10Gbit Ethernet and IP in 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

Security Requirement:   

Secret required, TS preferred. Must be willing to be on site. There may be some limited opportunity for WFH. No opportunity for remote work.


We have placed many talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

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.

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.

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