Senior Fpga Engineer

Vector Atomic Pleasanton , CA 94588

Posted 2 weeks ago

About Vector Atomic

Vector Atomic is building quantum devices for applications including GPS-free navigation and timing, geophysical exploration, and telecommunications. We are focused on delivering near-term products that take advantage of the exquisite properties of quantum systems. Our devices are designed with the form, fit, function, and cost for the real world.

Position Summary

We are seeking a Senior FPGA Engineer interested in developing the next generation of quantum technology. This hands-on role will support the development of controllers for a new generation of quantum sensors. Initially, work will be R&D-focused, but the ultimate goal is to deliver commercial devices. Ideal candidates are strong individual contributors that take ownership of their tasks while supporting overall team goals. If you have a passion for cutting-edge technology and thrive in a dynamic, team-oriented environment, Vector Atomic is a perfect fit.


What You'll Do

  • Work with a cross-functional team of physicists, electronics engineers and optical designers to develop requirements and assist with FPGA/SoC part selection (along with support ICs such as memory, power supplies and Interface ICs)
  • Assist hardware developers with the design of custom PCBs based on modern FPGA/SoC devices
  • Identify critical design issues that could drive PCB layout to ensure robust boards
  • Create RTL, test-bench, and EDA support files to meet performance goals on the target device
  • Assist with board bring-up and integration of custom FPGA-based electronics; develop test scripts and documentation to assist with validation

What We're Looking For

  • BSEE/MSEE Degree with 3 years of related work experience. Other technical degrees will be considered, with 5+ years of directly relevant experience
  • US citizenship or Permanent Residency (Green Card) required by US export control laws
  • Must be comfortable working in a laboratory environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers and collaborators, both written and verbal

Required expertise:

  • HDL coding (Verilog and/or VHDL) for synthesizable RTL and verification
  • EDA tools Vivado and/or Quartus for FPGA design
  • Fixed-point digital signal processing in RTL designs
  • Laboratory test and measurement equipment such as oscilloscopes, power supplies, pulse generators, logic analyzers, protocol analyzers
  • Assisting hardware engineers to design PCBs for Xilinx and/or Altera FPGA/SoCs
  • Writing physical and timing constraints (SDC) for timing closure on high clock rate FPGAs
  • Industry standard communication protocols such as SPI, I2C, AXI, Avalon, Ethernet, AMBA, Wishbone
  • Scripting for EDA tools, preferably TCL or Python
  • Practical RTL design issues such as latency, jitter, metastable behavior, hold/setup time and multicycle paths
  • Revision control and issue tracking tools (e.g., git and Jira)

Nice-to-have expertise:

  • SoC designs such as Zynq, Ultrascale and/or Arria
  • Formal verification techniques, PSL, SystemVerilog, UVVM, UVM or OVM
  • Embedded Linux on ARM, UBoot and device trees
  • Embedded TCP/IP stacks on SoCs, for example lwIP and/or embedded Linux
  • Altium for PCB design
Vector Atomic is adhering to state and local ordinances regarding COVID-19, including teleworking options for our staff when possible. Currently, this position requires more than 50% onsite work to support minimum business operations at our Pleasanton, CA facility.


At Vector Atomic we value teamwork, open and honest discourse, and work-life balance. We are an employee-owned company with competitive compensation and benefits including:

  • Medical coverage (medical, dental, vision)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Paid time off and 10 paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • Stock ownership plan
  • Fully stocked kitchen

Vector Atomic is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by law.

Vector Atomic does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third-party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers or HR team.

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Senior Fpga Engineer

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