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FPGA engineer (Advanced R&D) - Granada, Spain

Bath, PA
Expired: August 01, 2022 Applications are no longer accepted.
  • Full-Time

We're looking for anFPGA Engineer to join our advanced technologiesteam in Granada, Spain.

Our Technology:

We're the world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (R-PNT) solutions that improve the reliability, performance and safety of critical applications,and high-risk operations, even in GPS/GNSS denied environments. We provide virtually fail-safe GNSS and PNT solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide.

To this end, we have developed industry-leading solutions that are built around ultra-accurate synchronization (sub-ns) and frequency distribution services. Thesecombine to deliver a broad set of products and technical solutions based on the enhanced White Rabbit PTP synchronization technology for many applications, ranging from timing distribution in financial networks to robust and reliable positioning.

We have strong expertise in cutting-edge systems design for the largest world scientific facilities, from radio-telescopes, distributed neutrino sensors to most advanced particle accelerators. In addition, Safran Navigation & Timing Spain has great expertise in Time Sensitive Networking through several engagements carried out in the framework of aerospace with ESA to provide deterministic communications with zero-packet loss. Overall, we are a highly dynamic company with a clear focus on research and innovation for providingreliablesolutions that have robust, dependable, and reliable timingat their core.

The Position:

You will work within the Special Project Unit (SPU). This unit aims to pursue technological breakthroughs in close collaboration with customers and international partners. From ambitious new ideas to customer-driven product customization, the goal of this team is to combine the best of the innovation, deep technological expertise, passion for challenges and a customer-oriented culture to develop the future of the disruptive R-PNT solutions.

As part of SPU, you will start working on a flexible, result-oriented, and highly motivating team, working side by side with other engineers and customers all around the world. You will be expected to develop the main FPGA elements of a synchronization system that extends the performance of White Rabbit timing over high-speed Ethernet interfaces, short/medium distances free space communication systems and satellite links. Thus, you will be expected to work in the design, integration, testing, and validation of the main FPGA elements of prototype systems for high accuracy timing distribution. This will include the implementation of custom HDL IP modules for timing recovery from serial interfaces, low-level debugging of HDL functions, the design of high-accuracy oscillator disciplining techniques, or the evaluation of the performance of different approaches to network timing distribution using phase noise indicators. Data routing and switching capabilities will be also addressed. The assembly of experimental demonstrators and in-lab proofs of concept either at the facilities of the company or in remote venues might be required during the final stages of the project.

What you'll be doing:

  • You will contribute to understanding, modifying and completing the customers' requirements and assisting in the development of a project that includes highly innovative elements.
  • Youwilluse your critical thinking and problem-solving skills to ensure the highest quality for the resultsinaccordancewiththe definedschedule, effort,and budget.
  • You willwork with the latest and greatest in Resilient PNT and deterministic technologies!
  • Youwillhaveeffective communication with other project partners, projectmanagers,and will be constantly communicating with them from project kick-offs to stakeholder meetings.
  • Youwillwrite deliverables, dissemination material,and assist in communication activities related to the project. You willalsoattend international workshops and other events of interest and participate in the design of offer and customer proposals.
  • You will be developing the key firmware and FPGA elements of prototyping systems for next generation data and PNT and timing solutions powered by White Rabbit technology. Validation of the design will also be an important part of the assignment, and hence you will be expected to produce meaningful test benches, simulations, anddeviseexperimental evaluation and testing strategiesto verify the correct operation of the different elements of the prototypes.

What you Bring to Safran:

  • Master'sDegree in Telecommunications, Software Engineering, ComputerScience,or related field.
  • Excellent written and dissemination skills in English (advanced Cambridge certificate or similar).
  • Technical skillsin general HDL IP module development, simulation, and testing.
  • Minimum requirement of2 years'experience in:
    • Knowledge ofXilinx or Intel FPGAdevelopment tools and platforms.
    • Experience in embedded software testing and debugging.
      • Experience inFPGAlogic design(VHDL/Verilog, logic simulation and test benchimplementation,debugging,timing closure,...).
    • Provable experiencesuccessfully implementingand debugging custom FPGA IP cores to furnish specialized solutionsfor different computing problems andprojectrequirements, such as network accelerators,image processingextensions,
    • Experience working with repositoriesand version control systems(Git,SVN, ...).
  • Desirable experience in:
    • Knowledge of Ethernet networking, such aslink layer protocols,orMAC design and operation,wouldbe nice.
    • Previous experience with other data transmission interfaces, such as Aurora,GMII,SGMII,RGMII,RapidIOserialization,generic PHY modules, or the Xilinx GTx transceivers,would also beof interest.
    • Knowledge of embedded software (C/C++), board-support-package (BSP) and Linux OS drivers' development.
  • Ambition to grow and develop personally and professionally.
  • Passion for challenges and technology.
  • Capability to understand complex problems and develop & optimize new algorithms based on advanced concepts.
  • Ability to participate in ambitious projects with major international technology leaders.
  • Capability to work with open projects with uncertain specifications. Tolerance to frustration.
  • Strong work ethic, organizational skills, and attention to detail

The keysofour offer:

  • Be part of a leading and expanding company.
  • Professional Career Plan with focus on personal and professional growth.
  • International and dynamic environment in Granada, Spain, with travels and collaborations with other teams all around the world.
  • High possibilities to promote inside the company.
  • Flexible work schedule.
  • Health insurance.

Safran is an equal opportunity employer who does not discriminate based on race, color, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status or any protected category. We encourage veterans and people with disabilities to apply.



Bath, PA
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