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The MITRE Corporation Lead FPGA/Digital Hardware Engineer in Bedford, Massachusetts

Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challenges—and we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every day—working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE—and make a difference with us.

Would you like to join a team of world class researchers and engineers collectively focused on developing systems critical to national security? Are you seeking an opportunity to work in an environment where big ideas, sound technical arguments and sponsor impacts are valued? Then MITRE might be the place for you!

At MITRE, we believe that good ideas lead to great solutions through testing, exploration, development, and demonstration. In MITRE's Electronic System Development and Embedded Security department, we apply this principle as we dig deep into hard problems to find innovative, practical ways to solve tough challenges for a variety of government sponsors across a range of technical applications.

We are currently seeking to grow our team with highly talented engineers, specifically those with demonstrated experience implementing complex designs on cutting-edge FPGA platforms. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to architect and implement technical solutions for a wide range of challenges currently faced by our government sponsors. We specialize in rapid prototyping of advanced sensor, communication and navigation systems on real-time embedded platforms. As an applied research organization, we focus on capability development and demonstration while remaining decoupled from protracted product lifecycles and system support roles. Our world class labs provide a canvas for our team to conduct hands-on research and develop tangible solutions to support our military leaders and reinforce our nation’s defense.

Responsibilities include:

This position provides an exciting opportunity to design and prototype state of the art embedded systems using commercial and custom platforms. Key opportunities include:

  • Leading cross-disciplinary teams of highly talented and motivated engineers on projects of national importance

  • Real-time communication and sensor systems leveraging state of the art FPGA & SoC technology and cutting-edge SDR platforms

  • Advanced architectures for high throughput signal processing

  • Low size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C), highly integrated custom platforms

  • A supportive culture of learning, professional growth, and development

  • Opportunities to build on skills and work on a diverse range of projects

  • Outstanding continuing education programs

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree

  • Applicants selected for this position will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or applicants who are eligible for security clearances.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to obtain DoD Secret Clearance

  • B.S. (or higher) in Electrical or Computer Engineering and 8+ years of related experience

  • Demonstrated ability to architect and implement complex embedded systems

  • Expertise in RTL coding, FPGA architectures and high-speed interfaces

  • Expertise in industry standard best practices for design, verification, test, and deployment

  • Experience designing and implementing on heterogenous computing platforms (FPGA, CPU, GPU)

  • Experience integrating third-party Intellectual Property (IP) into custom designs

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance which will require US Citizenship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. or PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering

  • Experience deploying on cutting-edge, reconfigurable SoC platforms (i.e. Xilinx MPSoC, Xilinx RFSoC, Intel Arria 10 SoC)

  • Strong digital signal processing skills and experience mapping signal processing algorithms to embedded hardware

  • Demonstrated technical leadership in FPGA design and verification methodologies (UVM, OVM)

  • Experience in communication, RADAR, and/or positioning/navigation systems

  • System level design experience, from antenna to bits

  • Experience implementing and deploying complex waveforms on heterogenous hardware platforms

  • Expertise in RTL development practices including design and code reviews, testing and regression, revision control, and user documentation

  • Experience with common electro-mechanical industry standards (i.e. VPX, FMC, MicroTCA)

  • Experience developing technical requirements targeting low-SWaP applications

  • Possess an active DoD secret clearance.

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