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Embedded FPGA Software Engineer

Company: Sierra Nevada Corporation
Location: Folsom
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Job Description:

Do you enjoy developing new products and services? Join us!

Our Software Engineers work in an agile, collective environment. You will be using your skills and expertise to define, design, develop, test, certify and improve cutting-edge software products. You'll perform coding, debugging, testing, and troubleshooting of systems and software throughout our development process. Your technical duties involve the design and development of new software products throughout the product lifecycle.

The Mission Solutions and Technologies (MST) business area provides affordable, turn-key command/control, communications, integrated ISR, force protection and security solutions worldwide. The MST team has a long legacy of supporting the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, commercial and international customers with years of experience in platform operations, engineering and full lifecycle management across domains – air, land, sea, space and cyber. Learn more about MST

Software engineer will be required to support embedded FPGA software design. The candidate is required to perform requirement analysis, design, development, documentation, integration and test of hardware level software programming (FPGA, SoC, MPSoC, microcontroller, etc.).  Software designs will be integrated into small form factor security devices and network real-time embedded systems.

Responsibilities include software requirement generation, high level and detail design, implementation, unit test, integration, test, and debug.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Designs, develops, documents, tests and debugs embedded FPGA/SoC/MPSoC and microcontroller software
  • Conducts multidisciplinary research and collaborates with hardware/systems engineers in the design of security based mobile computing platforms
  • Determines system user needs and analyzes system capabilities to resolve problems
  • Ensures software standards are met
  • Elicits, derives, and documents software and/or system requirements to meet internal or external customer specifications
  • Defines software and/or system architecture, designs software modules, and produces associated documentation per corporate or customer standards
  • Writes and tests software modules and integrates with other software and/or hardware components
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or other related discipline
  • Typically 10 or more years of relevant experience in software and/or hardware engineering disciplines
  • Ability to travel occasionally
  • Experience with embedded software development (C/C++)
  • Experience with Microcontroller programming (hardware level programming)
  • Familiarity with interrupt processing and memory allocation
  • Experience using development/debug tools, such as Visual Studio, JTAG Ice, GNU Debugger
  • Experience with hardware interfaces, such as Serial/I2C/SPI, USB, and Ethernet
  • Previous experience with generating software product design documentation, such as SRS, SDD, STP, STD, etc.
  • Experience with integration/troubleshooting tools such as Scope/Logic/USB/I2C analyzers
  • Secure coding best practice skills with understanding of various standards, such as MISRA and DO-178B
  • Experience with Xilinx FPGA/SoC/MPSoC software design
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-functional team environment
  • Co-work with hardware engineers in circuit board and system integration
  • Co-work with systems engineers for requirement definition, allocation, and verification
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Secret U.S. Security Clearance is required. Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances


  • Linux experience application level (Makefiles, Source control, Basic linux commands)
  • Some firmware education or training (VHDL or Verilog)
  • Worked with Linux BSPs to bring up a board
  • Microblaze software design experience
  • Experience developing solutions for Mobile Computing platforms
  • Experience developing data interchange formats/APIs
  • Software design experience with Linux Operating Systems, Device Drivers, and related Board Support Packages (BSPs)
  • Hands-on experience with Device Drivers / Middleware / Application Level design and development
  • Experience developing data interchange formats/APIs

Important Notice:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-U.S. citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance.  The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

SNC offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

SNC offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

Sierra Nevada Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status

pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.

Keywords: Sierra Nevada Corporation, Folsom , Embedded FPGA Software Engineer, Other , Folsom, California

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