DSP FPGA Design Engineer

Requisition ID: 39928 

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning clandestine to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


The Aerospace Corporation’s Digital Communications Implementation Department uses software define radio and FPGA technology to design digital transceivers.   We conduct our own research and development and in this position you can have the opportunity to innovate in algorithm design.  Join us on the leading edge of digital communications development.


Key Functions:

  •  Develop and implement signal processing algorithms with applications to GPS / GNSS receivers and/or communication transceivers and/or digital signal processing primarily on FPGA hardware.
  •  Analysis of signal processing performance using Matlab, Python, or similar simulation environments. 
  •  Prototype of cutting edge real-time systems for emulation and proof of concept. 
  •  Research pertaining to advanced signal processing, GPS technology and/or re-configurable communication processing. 
  •  Document work products in briefings and/or technical reports to customers and colleagues. 
  •  Candidate will work on a diverse set of projects. It is very important to be hands-on, willing to learn and be comfortable in working in an environment with engineers of diverse backgrounds and expertise 


***This role can be filled as an Aerospace Sr. Member of Technical Staff or Engineering Specialist***



  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field. 
  •  Five or more years of experience (either in the workforce or in pursuing an advanced degree) in an area related to digital communication systems and/or digital signal processing.
  •  Experience implementing digital communication and/or DSP algorithms in hardware using FPGAs and/or ASICs.
  •  Proficiency in Verilog or VHDL, logic implementation, and simulation tools for complex FPGA designs.
  •  Proficiency in one or more of the following languages: Matlab, Python, or C.
  •  Detailed understanding of FPGA RTL design, hardware architecture, testbench design, synthesis, static timing analysis, timing closure, and clock domain crossing.
  •  Strong laboratory experience troubleshooting digital hardware designs using logic analyzers / Chipscope / other measurement devices.
  •  Strong written and verbal communication skills are necessary.
  •  Eligibility to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a clearance.


Required for consideration as an Engineering Specialist (In Addition)

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field. 
  •  8 or more years of experience (or pursuit of advanced degree) in an area of digital signal processing, GNSS positioning and navigation, alternative navigation techniques.
  •  Proficiency with any of the following: MATLAB, C/C++, Python, VHDL.
  •  Project leadership experience.
  •  System architecture experience.



  • Graduate degree related to digital signal processing, or digital communications.
  •  Proven track record of the ability to design innovative DSP / communication algorithms at the concept phase and complete their realization in an FPGA hardware implementation. 
  •  A theoretical understanding of modern communication and digital signal processing techniques.
  •  Experience simulating communication systems in Matlab/Python. 
  •  Strong laboratory RF testing experience. 
  •  Experience with Matlab HDL Coder, High-Level Synthesis, and SystemGenerator.
  •  Familiarity with GPS/GNSS and other localization technologies.
  •  Experience will full suite of Xilinx ISE/Vivado tools.
  •  Experience with software-defined radio, embedded systems, GNURadio.
  •  Experience with Agile tools.



Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: MEMBR-TCH STF SR  

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

The Aerospace Corporation
Full time
El Segundo, California 90245, US