FPGA Engineer - Comms, R&D

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Capella is at the forefront of making vital information about our world accessible in a timely manner. Weโ€™re leveraging proven technologies and building new capabilities to create a constellation of SAR satellites that can collect information about any spot on the planet within an hour. At Capella youโ€™ll workin a collaborative team environment, alongside smart people with a history of space mission success. No prior space experience is neededโ€”weโ€™re looking for people excited about tackling seemingly impossible challenges, learning new skills and concepts, and helping each other achieve success.Our mission and our products are meant to understand the whole world and help everyone in it, regardless of race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.We value diversity at Capella and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position, but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

Aboutย the Space Systems R&D Team

The Space Systems R&D Team is a multidisciplinary team within the Engineering department. We keep our eye out for state-of-the-art technologies and bring them to the space vehicle to implement the product road map. Members of the teamwork across the organization to collaborate on requirements and implementation approaches to deliver innovative new systems.

About the Role

Capella Space is looking for a talented FPGA Design Engineer to join our Avionics team to develop firmware for spacecraft systems. This role will require close collaboration with the spacecraft software engineering team to define interfaces between the spacecraft flight computer and various subsystems, including communication systems and flight electronics.

A successful candidate is a person who will have experience contributing to design, development, and test efforts to meet requirements and who is comfortable working in a fast-paced start-up. You will be involved in a variety of tasks including HDL development, hardware bring up, and testing. Your work will enable new capabilities on the vehicles throughout their life cycle.

You are excited about working on spacecrafts!


  • 2 to 5 years experience developing HDL for FPGAs
  • Experience writing FPGA code to communicate with and control hardware (Verilog preferred)
  • Experience with Microchip/Microsemi FPGAs and SoCs (SmartFusion Family preferred)
  • Experience with FPGA development tools (Libero preferred), timing closure techniques, and development procedures
  • Experience developing clocking architectures to meet the system's timing requirements
  • Experience developing HDL for FPGA simulations
  • Experience using revision control software
  • Ability to work with both hardware and software engineers to meet the system requirements
  • Ability to work with project managers to organize and plan the FPGA effort

Desired Skills

  • Familiarity with both high and low-speed communication protocols (JESD204B, PCIe, DDR, SPI, I2C, etc.)
  • Git branching and merging
  • C/C++ and/or Python experience
  • System verification using SystemVerilog
  • Experience integrating 3rd party IP cores
  • Experience with communication systems
  • Unit and regression testing
  • Knowledge of encryption standards

In addition to an opportunity to take part in an innovative and fast-growing business with a highly motivated and skilled team, we also take pride in taking care of our employees. Here are just a few ways that we show our appreciation:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending
  • Short and Long Term Disability and Life Insurance
  • FSA and HSA
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible PTO
  • Gourmet-style, Daily Lunch
  • Capella Community Events
  • Equity Commuter and Parking benefits
  • Parental Leave
  • Dog-friendly Work Environment (SF)
  • Cell and Internet Monthly Stipend
Capella Space
Capella Space

United States, San Francisco, CA or Boulder, CO

Posted 9 months ago

Job offer closed

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