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FPGA Engineer

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The FPGA Engineer will join our R&D team at Harwell Campus, developing novel detector and readout systems for our electron microscopy and X-ray product lines. You will play a key role in Quantum Detectors’ R&D activities, creating innovative products to accelerate scientific discovery.

Quantum Detectors is a spinout from STFC and Diamond Light Source, based at Harwell Campus. Quantum Detectors develops technology and provides a route to market for instrumentation developed by Diamond, STFC and other internationally renowned facilities.

Our products are well respected and installed in leading universities and national labs around the world.

Key skills and responsibilities:

● Software and firmware design for embedded systems, FPGAs, microprocessors

● Adapting and improving on existing designs to meet customer needs

● Interact with other technical experts in hardware, software and electronics

● Document work such that it can be followed by other engineers

● Specify hardware for development, prototyping and production

● Contribute to company R&D effort

● Keep up to date with developments in the field

● Analyse and understand complex electronic systems

Essential qualifications and experience:

● Excellent general written and verbal communications skills

● 5+ years experience in digital design and VHDL

● Proficient in design and implementation of high-speed Digital Processing Solutions and systems in FPGA

● Expertise in development, ideally in C and C++

● Degree in Electronic Engineering with at least a 2:1 classification

● Experience using FPGA toolchains, ideally targeting Xilinx components

Desirable qualifications and experience: 

● Experience with high-speed serial transceivers

● Experience of embedded Linux / RTOS beneficial

● Experience in hardware integration including debugging skills

● Familiarity of working with a range of different architectures and microprocessors

● Understanding of UART, I2C , SPI and other serial protocols

As part of a fast-growing company you will be expected to have an all-hands-on-deck attitude to work, your role and responsibilities will be dictated by the business needs and will, at times, be outside of those detailed above.

The successful candidate will become part of a supportive team, benefit from excellent facilities at the world-class Harwell Oxford science campus (sports facilities, cafes, social club, library, restaurant, etc).

This permanent full-time position offers a 35-hour working week, 30 days holiday, and a generous pension contribution.

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