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    The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory asks the big science questions:
    What do black holes look like?
    How do stars and planets form and evolve?
    Does life exist outside the solar system?
    Engineers at SAO collaborate with scientists, developing instrumentation from world-wide telescope arrays to orbiting satellites to help answer these questions. We’re seeking a FPGA/computer engineer to join our electrical engineering team. The position is located in Cambridge Mass.

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    Duties may include but are not limited to:

    1. Assists in developing and translating project requirements into functional codes and develops FPGA VHDL (VHSIC Hardware Description Language) or Verilog code with DFT (design-for-test) considerations for Xilinx, Altera or other brands of FPGA’s.

    2. Debugs logic simulations on new or existing code at both the unit and system level.

    3. Implements vendor-specific and third-party intellectual property modules into designs.

    4 Collaborates with scientists and mechanical, optical, and software engineers to design devices that meet electrical and optical requirements

    5 Assists in writing digital design specifications / ICD’s (Interface Control Documents).

    6 Assists in defining and developing hardware / software interfaces.

    7 Performs Post-design support and troubleshooting using oscilloscopes, logic/spectrum analyzers and other test equipment.

    8 Performs other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0854 Computer Engineering

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