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Senior Specialist, VHDL Design Engineer

Company: L3Harris
Location: Plano
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:


Senior Specialist, VHDL Design Engineer

Position Summary

As a development lead, this individual will work with a talented team of FPGA designers and be responsible for requirements management, architecture development, detailed design, and hardware integration. This individual will have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge infrared cameras, launch vehicle avionics, and orbital communications platforms; including products like the Mars Rovers, International Space Station visiting vehicles, Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and ultra-high speed and ultra-large format infrared cameras. As an established pioneer in space exploration and military/defense technology, Space and Sensors, is a first-rank engineering and production company.


  • Product Development/Technical Leadership support to internal and external production/manufacturing, test/verification, and delivered products.
  • Coordination of FPGA developments working in cross-functional teams to meet technical, schedule, and design-to-cost goals.
  • Leading Agile development methods including estimating, planning, and tracking of tasks, milestones, and resources.
  • Effective communication skills working within your development team, program management, and external customers.
  • Organize and lead system level Engineering Review Boards (ERBs).
  • Act as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and reviewer for detailed design documents and VHDL code.
  • SME on established reusable library utilizing standard streaming and memory mapped interfaces.
  • Support bid and proposal activities to generate technical solutions, cost, and schedule estimation.
  • Analysis of FPGA power consumption, static timing, clock domain crossing, and radiation impacts across worst-case mission life.
  • Technical presentations including internal and external design reviews.
  • Support to internal and external production/manufacturing, test/verification, and delivered products.

Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE, BSEET, or BSECE) and minimum 6 years prior related experience OR Graduate Degree with a minimum of 4 years of prior related experience.

Knowledge, Skill & Ability (KSAs) Requirements

  • Subject matter expertise in FPGA architectures and VHDL design including at least 4 years of direct experience.
  • ModelSim/Questa or equivalent logic simulation tools
  • MATLAB/Simulink
  • Standard streaming and memory mapped interfaces (Avalon, AMBA, etc.)
  • Libero (Microsemi), Quartus (Intel), Vivado (Xilinx) FPGA development tools
  • Digital communication algorithm and waveform development and/or Digital image processing and corrections.
  • Detailed understanding of digital hardware design, interfaces, and architectures.
  • NAND, NOR, and DDR memory interfaces
  • GigE, 10GigE, GigE Vision
  • High Speed Serializers and Deserializers (SERDES)
  • LVDS, RS-422, I2C, SPI
  • Agile Scrum development methods
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in project/task management and technical estimating
  • Proficient in leading root cause analysis, troubleshooting complex technical situations, and leading continuous improvement efforts
  • Proficient in electronic design for test, quality, reliability, manufacturability and EMC
  • Previous experience as a cost account manager (CAM) in an EVMS environment
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing, assembly, and test processes
  • Ability to obtain Secret clearance within 6 months of employment

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times
  • Ability to travel up to 10%
  • Ability to regularly walk, sit or stand as required

Keywords: L3Harris, Plano , Senior Specialist, VHDL Design Engineer, Other , Plano, Texas

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