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FPGA Engineer - SC clearance

  • Salary: £400 - £475 per day
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Malvern, Worcestershire
  • Sector: Engineering, Other, IT, Software Development, Systems Engineering, Other
  • Date posted: 13/08/2018
  • Job reference: J391261A

Role: FPGA Engineers

Location: Malvern

Duration: 6 Months

Pay rates: £400 - £475 per day

SC Clearance

Overall Purpose of the Job

  • Contribute to all stages in the specification, design, development, integration, test and certification, fielding and support of navigation and cryptographic devices, following a rigorous engineering lifecycle.
  • Specify and develop FPGA/ASIC solutions
  • Interact with other engineers working in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver products and customer solutions.

Key Accountabilities

  • Responsible to Project Design Authority for all firmware related activities
  • Plans/structures work effectively, including breaking down problems into manageable work packages.
  • Ability to accurately cost work and manage risk
  • Produces written documentation (including presentation material) of technical work in accordance with Project requirements.


  • Rapid learning of current military-specific and civil secure technologies in support of research and products.
  • Innovation in the application/integration of digital hardware technologies to build novel secure systems

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

  • Ability to write and debug VHDL.
  • Experience designing and implementing complex firmware solutions in CPLD and FPGA using ModelSim, Synplify, ISE.
  • Experience of design and implementation of high-speed of digital processing solutions and systems in FPGA e.g. system-on-chip, embedded processors, high speed interfaces
  • Experience of working in a rigorous engineering environment using configuration management and change management processes/tools.
  • Ability to prepare and undertake test and verification of FPGA/ASIC
  • Good degree in electronics, electrical engineering or similar
  • Good verbal and written Technical English communications skills.

Desirable Experience

  • Experience of GNSS, Galileo security chain and/or PRS receivers.
  • Knowledge of RF and radio signal performance/propagation issues.
  • Knowledge/experience and knowledge of crypto security design including crypto algorithms, anti-tamper technologies etc
  • Experience of specifying, designing, verifying and testing ASICs
  • Ability to engineer software to support system development/testing in appropriate languages including C++, C and assembly language.
  • Experience using Mentor Graphics DxDesigner and Expedition PCB.
  • Experience of using DOORS.
  • Ability to use supporting tools such as Matlab for solution modelling and verification.

Essential Personal Qualities and Behavioural Requirements

  • Innovative
  • Self-starter, shows initiative
  • Offers solutions to problems
  • Enthusiastic team player
  • Driven to deliver great results
  • Strong risk awareness
  • Quality conscious
  • Able to follow processes and procedures
  • Present a good impression of a QinetiQ professional

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