FPGA Engineer


Who we are

Open Cosmos is revolutionising the way space technology is used and is at the forefront of the emerging new space industry. Our mission is to make space accessible to anyone, to help solve the world’s biggest challenges. We do this by providing simple and affordable space missions, using nanosatellite technology, providing end to end space missions for customers around the world (private and institutional). We work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the European Space Agency (ESA), but also with small and innovative high-tech companies, together developing the space technology and applications of the future.

Based at one of the world’s leading space campuses in Harwell, Oxfordshire, we are a young and ambitious team with the drive to define a greater future for this planet and the people living on it; therefore, when our minds come together to fulfil our mission to democratise the space we are happy to be part of something that is more than the best of each of ourselves.

Description of the Position

You will be joining Open Cosmos’ satellite development team in Harwell-Oxford (UK) and will be responsible to lead and manage the implementation of firmware in FPGA targets that form key elements of our spacecraft avionics. You are expected to be involved in the whole cycle of a mission from concept, to tests, V&V, to orbital operations support and telemetry analysis.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Implement digital signal processing algorithms for satellite subsystems.

  • Utilize Python and/or MATLAB and/or R for algorithm prototyping and optimization for efficient hardware implementation.

  • Conduct trade-off studies for performance power, complexity and reliability of DSP algorithms deployed on FPGA Fabric.

  • Support HDL-level design and verification

  • Design and implement software of embedded devices and systems.

  • Assist electronics design validation and qualification.

  • Collaborate with different technical teams to deliver a consistent technical solution.

  • Have input into requirements and verification plans.

  • Embrace challenge and work outside of the comfort zone.

  • Commit to fulfill customer requirements and expectations.

Skills, attitude and experience

  • Experience with major FPGA families (Xilinx, Altera, Microsemi)

  • Experience with General Purpose DSP families (Analog Devices, TI)

  • Experience in DSP Software and FPGA Firmware design

  • Experience in DSP algorithm modeling and development in Matlab/Simulink/Python

  • Experience in Digital high-speed Hardware design

  • Knowledge of Software Defined Radio principles

  • Familiar with Linux, python and scripting

  • Attention to detail

  • Honesty, open and self aware

  • Proactiveness

  • Quick to learn

Nice to have

  • Knowledge of CCSDS Command and Telemetry Data Processing

  • Design, verification and validation of PCB schematics and layout

  • Experience in Embedded C or C++

  • Power systems, high speed digital circuit design and simulation

  • Experience with ARM processors and Flash FPGAs

  • Experience in RF

  • Knowledge of statistical data analysis

  • Knowledge of and experience with Vivado/Libero IDE software

  • Familiar with Altium Designer

  • Familiarity with Java /C#

You will enjoy

  • Working with a team of people to build the future of a new space industry

  • Working at one of the world’s leading space campuses

  • 25 days holidays + 8 bank holidays

  • Attractive Pension Scheme & Immediate enrolment

  • Transport Allowance – extra pocket money to support our best talent working together

  • Healthy snacks and pick’n’mix sweets at the office

  • Social clubs organised by the team – so far we’ve got Run Club, Paella Club, ice-skating Club and Thirsty Club – suggest something new?

  • Annual Company Retreat

  • Remote working as per company policy

  • Working from home as per company policy

  • Annual Salary Review

How to apply

Visit the career section of our website here.

Please include your CV, Cover Letter (max ½ page) and any relevant links to LinkedIn and your work (eg. GitHub, C++,  <iostream>).

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Open Cosmos in the media

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