FPGA Design Engineer
SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

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Space Exploration Technologies

Work to advance the course of human history and pave the way to Mars.

SpaceX is a US based advanced technology company founded by residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk. SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up including cutting edge electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engine systems. The Falcon Launch Vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft programs are some of the most ambitious engineering systems in the world, designed to support our ultimate goals of aviation-like spaceflight capability and making humanity a multi-planet species.

"SpaceX is like Special Forces… we do the missions that others think are impossible. We have goals that [are] absurdly ambitious by any reasonable standard, but we're going to make them happen. We have the potential here at SpaceX to have an incredible effect on the future of humanity and life itself."
– Elon Musk

If you’re undaunted by the impossible, actively seeking out insanely challenging projects under tight schedules, and want to work with a remarkable organization pushing the envelope of human exploration, then you will want to be part of the SpaceX legacy.

We are actively seeking the brightest minds from all industries and technologies to continue building our world class team. Please visit spacex.com for additional information.

This individual will be responsible for architecting, designing, and implementing FPGA designs on custom hardware platforms

Design and develop VHDL code targeting custom hardware platforms for a wide range of communications and input/output interfaces

Work closely with other design engineers in all phases of the project including requirements definition, design, testing, and qualification

The candidate must document and develop FPGA requirements and lead design reviews

Perform hands-on lab testing and integration on a variety of challenging hardware platforms

Required Skills and Experience:
Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or similar area of study

Minimum of 3 successful full life-cycle projects involving the design, test, and implementation of a high speed and/or low power FPGA design; preferably in the areas of modem or network equipment design

Relevant knowledge includes familiarity with AES cryptographic processing cores, image compression cores, and Ethernet protocol stacks (Transport layer, Link layer)

Previous project experience in digital communication systems and I/O interface processing

Strong proficiency in systems design and simulation using VHDL

Must have experience interfacing FPGAs to SDRAMs, DDR-RAMs, Gig-Ethernet PHY ASICs, FIFO controllers, DDS clocking modules and analog to digital converters

Must have experience using third party IP cores including communications, cryptographic processors, microprocessors, and PHY cores

Must have relevant experience developing complex and automatic checking RTL test benches

Must have experience in cross clock domain designs and architectures

Must have experience in hardware validation and troubleshooting

Must have experience with Xilinx ISE

Ability to use oscilloscope, Chipscope, logic analyzer and other required troubleshooting tools

Must be able to work hard with a dedicated team to meet deadlines

Preferred Skills and Experience:
Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or similar area of study

Knowledge of QPSK, Spread Spectrum based communication systems and/or Signal Processing

Experience in programming embedded microprocessors in Assembly and C

Experience with MATLAB

SpaceX offers one of the best environments in the world for employees to learn, build real working systems and tackle exciting challenges every day. We operate in a fun, casual work environment and have great benefits including: competitive salary, stock options, medical/dental insurance and free gym memberships. By joining the SpaceX team, you are not just a part of history, you are making it.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.

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