FPGA Engineer

Xona Space Systems

San Mateo, CA, USA

Full time

Dec 12

About the job FPGA Engineer

Interested in building a new generation of GNSS satellites at the speed of new space?

GNSS (GPS) creates upwards of $500B in economic value in the US every year, supporting everything from consumer applications, to transportation systems, to time sync for critical infrastructure. As these industries progress towards autonomy the performance and security demands of their navigation systems are increasing beyond what GNSS can support, leaving a need for a cost-effective global solution.

Using lessons we've learned at places like SpaceX and Blue Origin, Xona is constructing a modern satellite network at the rapid pace of the new space industry leveraging the recent wave of technology and regulatory advancements. Building on our patent pending small satellite architecture, we are developing a robust and accurate service that is an independent alternative to GNSS rather than a correction, solving the longstanding challenge of obtaining a reliable high accuracy solution from the very fragile GNSS signals. Our satellite system will provide the first ever high-accuracy global navigation and timing services with the security and resilience modern applications need to operate safely at scale.

At Xona you will develop state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions to solve real problems that can have a massive world impact. Xona is driven by the mission to enable modern devices to operate safely in any environment, anywhere on Earth, and unlock the true potential of the age of autonomy.

Xona is looking for an FPGA Engineer to join our team. As a member of this team, you will collaborate with our RF and software engineers to interface with high speed data converters, implement real time digital waveform generators, and control RF hardware. You will be responsible for building, testing, deploying, and maintaining firmware for spacecraft navigation and diagnostics on test and flight hardware. As a part of this multidisciplinary team, you will also help specify hardware components for the spacecraft and develop the standards to qualify the spacecraft for flight readiness. 

Desired Qualification (not all are expected):

  • Bachelor’s degree or technical diploma in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or a relevant field
  • Strong proficiency with VHDL or similar description language for both synthesis and verification
  • A passion for hardware development, including working in a fast-paced environment and hands-on design and development
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and testing high throughput systems implemented on FPGAs
  • Experience with modern communication systems (RF, IF/IQ, time/frequency domains, modulation)
  • Expertise in at least 1 domain beyond logic design such as DSP/radio design, software, hi-rel design (e.g. fault analysis & recover), etc.
  • Familiarity with Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale architecture
  • Experience with Vivado IDE & TCL and Quartus toolchains
  • Experience with digital communication theory and implementation, such as LDPC implementations and digital predistortion

Required Qualifications:

  • To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e. Green Card holder), or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

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