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Digital Design Engineer

Company: Umbra
Location: santa barbara
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Umbra Lab, Inc. (Umbra) is a technology company which builds next-generation space systems. Umbra is launching an unrivaled constellation of space-based radar satellites with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capabilities, to produce all weather day-night imagery with sub-meter resolution for low cost distribution via an integrated web platform. We are a bold, experienced team of developers, engineers, product specialists, and other professionals working to aggressively expand the state-of-the-art for commercial remote sensing.

We are looking for a talented, mission-driven professional to work closely with a multidisciplinary engineering team as an FPGA Digital Designer (Space Systems), developing HDL based digital designs supporting next-generation space radar systems. The individual filling this position will collaborate with the electrical engineering team to develop, analyze, manufacture, and test microwave subsystems.


Key Responsibilities
  • Develop FPGA-based digital designs for radar, electronic warfare, and communications
  • Work with electrical and systems engineers to integrate Xilinx SoC based hardware with high-speed data converters and associated microwave transmitter and receiver chains
  • Continuously collaborate with the payload engineering team to address mechanical, thermal and power subsystems and interfaces
  • Rapidly develop prototypes and iteratively improve hardware and firmware
  • Prepare engineering documentation, reports, and test plans
  • Interface with vendors as the technical representative and subcontracts manager

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science in a relevant discipline such as computer or electrical engineering
  • Knowledge of foundational electrical engineering, computer architecture, digital design concepts
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in digital design with FPGA and SoC devices
  • Development experience with Xilinx devices and design suite, such as Vivado, SDK and Vitis
  • Expertise in VHDL and Verilog
  • Experience developing MCU and SoC software in the C/C++ programming language
  • Working knowledge of modern FPGA architectures and external interfaces, including high speed converters, DDR RAM, Solid State NAND and NOR based storage
  • Familiarity with standard physical layers for digital communication (UART, SPI, LVDS)
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic and fast-paced development environment

Desired Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in a relevant technical discipline
  • Capable of creating Linux kernels to be deployed on Xilinx devices
  • Knowledge of digital communication systems and modulations (QPSK, 8-PSK)
  • Experience developing FPGA based hardware for the space environment
  • Experience with analog and RF circuit design from baseband through X-band
  • Knowledge of a scripting language such as Python
  • Knowledge of System Verilog is a plus
  • Previous experience with spacecraft systems is a plus

Additional Requirements

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. All persons hired will be required to be a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or 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. Umbra 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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

  • Flexible Vacation / Paid Time Off
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k)
  • Stock Options

Keywords: Umbra, Santa Barbara , Digital Design Engineer, Other , santa barbara, California

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