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Senior FPGA Engineer

Spire

Spire

Software Engineering
Munich, Germany
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

We improve life on Earth with data from space.

Spire Global is a space-to-cloud analytics company that owns and operates the largest multi-purpose constellation of satellites. Its proprietary data and algorithms provide the most advanced maritime, aviation, and weather tracking in the world. In addition to its constellation, Spire’s data infrastructure includes a global ground station network and 24/7 operations that provide real-time global coverage of every point on Earth.

Responsibilities of your role:

Spire Global is currently embarking on an ambitious project to design a state-of-the-art satellite communications system for critical infrastructure. We are seeking a confident and seasoned FPGA engineer to become a key contributor to our dynamic team. The right candidate will have strong analytical and problem-solving skills and be familiar with communication and software-defined radio techniques.

To succeed in the role, you will need to have more than simply the ability to work with FPGA’s. The role requires the ability to work within a complex architecture and generate highly optimized solutions. We expect a high standard of excellence and effectiveness, with an anticipation of correct deliverables on the first attempt.

As part of your role, you will:

  • Lead the design and development of FPGA-based solutions for our satellite communication system.
  • Collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams across multiple time zones, including hardware, RF, antenna, DSP and software engineers to define system requirements and architecture.
  • Implement and optimize FPGA algorithms for signal processing and high-speed data acquisition.
  • Conduct FPGA synthesis, place and route, and timing closure to meet performance targets.
  • Perform FPGA verification and validation using simulation tools and hardware-in-the-loop testing.
  • Troubleshoot and debug FPGA designs, identifying and resolving issues in a high-paced environment.
  • Stay current with industry trends and advancements in FPGA technology and radio communications.

Qualifications / Experience:

  • Proficiency in VHDL or Verilog programming languages.
  • Experience with FPGA synthesis tools (e.g., Xilinx/AMD Vivado, Intel Quartus Prime) and simulation tools (e.g., ModelSim, Questa).
  • Proficiency in scripting languages and testing tools.
  • Experienced in HW design for high-performance multi-channel receivers and baseband processors.
  • Data-driven and evidence-based work methodology.

Strong candidates will also possess skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Proficiency in HLS, C/C++ and SystemC programming languages.
  • Experience in HW design for massive MIMO applications and beamforming, using high-speed ADCs, high-speed serial interconnects, multiple FPGAs, or RFSoC.
  • Proven track record with ADS-B demodulators.
  • Architect and implement solutions in Xilinx/AMD FPGAs.
  • Competency with RF/wireless test and measurement laboratory equipment.
  • RF Hardware design experience in frontend design, antenna design, etc.

Spire operates a hybrid work model, and this position will require you to work a minimum of three days per week in office.

Access to US export-controlled software and/or technology may be required. #LI-DC1

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