Work at Aerospacelab

FPGA Engineer

Description

Louvain-la-Neuve

Full Time

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Our mission is supported by an ambitious vertically integrated approach: design & manufacture of small satellites combined with development of earth observation services.

Since its creation in 2018, the company has already grown substantially. Our team gathers more than 25 engineering expertise, from hardware design to software development & data science.

In 2024, Aerospacelab counts offices in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Toulouse (France), Lausanne (Switzerland) and US West Coast with more than 200 full-time employees, with the ambition to position itself as the European leader in small satellites.

To strengthen our team, we are looking for a :

FPGA Engineer

Job Overview

Contemporary satellites are commonly constructed in a modular fashion, divided into distinct units, each dedicated to a specific function.

In adopting a vertical integration approach, Aerospacelab, as a satellite manufacturer, designs a variety of these units.

Leveraging the FPGA’s flexibility and reprogrammability makes it an excellent choice as the foundational technology for our units.

As we continue to expand our team, we are seeking a talented and motivated FPGA Engineer to contribute to the design and validation of RTL code for FPGA-based units.

As a FPGA Engineer, you will join an agile development team that works around a specific unit. Possible units are on-board computers, software defined radios, image sensors, optical transceivers and network switches.

These topics will get you through challenging signal or image processing algorithms, innovative optical solutions and high-throughput routing procedures.

In these development teams, communication and cooperation among diverse team members are key, often blurring the lines between competences.

You will work closely with PCB designers (EE engineers) and embedded software engineers and depending on the project, also with the RF, optical or network engineers.

At Aerospacelab, our moto is work hard, play hard. We strive to innovate, in a fun and inclusive work environment.

We work in short cycles – no waiting for years before seeing code go live & get valuable feedback.

Expect an exciting job, where you will learn constantly and contribute to building state-of-the-art gateware, that will rapidly make its proof in orbit.

Our missions

  • Answer the challenging requirements with innovative solutions.
  • Cope with the challenging space environment.
  • Create critical, high quality gateware.

Our work environment

  • RTL: VHDL.
  • Simulation: Questasim, Makefile, Python, TCL.
  • Tests on target: Makefile, Embedded-C, Embedded-Linux, FreeRTOS, Python.
  • CI/CD: Gitlab, Docker.

Key Activities

  • Analyze and define the FPGA design architecture based on system requirements
  • Design, simulate, integrate and test RTL-code.
  • Write and test software driver code.
  • Write technical documentation, testbenches and on-target test procedures.
  • Interacting with other engineering teams (EE, RF, Operations teams, Embedded Software, etc.)

Must Have

  • Master, PhD in Computer, Electronics or Mecatronics Engineering or equivalent through experience.
  • Knowledge of RTL programming languages (in order of preference: VHDL, Verilog, SystemVerilog).
  • Knowledge of C and Python.
  • Experience with version control
  • Understanding of the FPGA design flow (synthesis, place & route, etc).
  • Understanding of software and hardware interactions.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills to interact across teams.
  • Comfortable in a lab environment: ability to use power supplies, oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzer.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Eagerness to learn & passion for digital design.

Nice to have

  • Experience with C or Python.
  • Experience of continuous integration.
  • Experience with digital signal or image processing.
  • Experience with Embedded-Linux (CLI usage & kernel customization).
  • Experience with High-speed transceivers, PCIe or network interfaces (1G to 100G).
  • Experience with memory interfaces (DDR3, DDR4, DDR5)
  • Experience with PCB and hardware design.
  • Strong understanding of the FPGA design flow (synthesis, place & route, etc).
  • Strong understanding of software and hardware interactions.
  • Sense of humor and passion for fun

Why work at Aerospacelab?

You will work on satellites that will fly before your retirement. Be part of the « new space » industry and its challenges. Surround yourself with smart and innovative people. No dumb managers, no stupid tools to use. Take a lot of responsibility if you can handle.
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