FPGA Engineer, Thorlabs, Austin, TX

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Job Type: 
Full time
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Austin, TX

Thorlabs Scientific Imaging group in Austin, Texas designs and manufactures state-of-the-art digital cameras and imaging systems. We are seeking a talented, experienced FPGA design and verification engineer to lead the development and commercialization of a FPGA-based, high-speed, data acquisition host adapters for Thorlabs products.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Technology transfer from Thorlabs R&D division
  • Participation in building core technical team
  • Working with internal customers to finalize product requirements
  • Leadership of the hardware and firmware development team from design to sustaining engineering
  • Development of Field Programmable Gate Arrays including coding, test and functional verification, timing closure, and documentation. Emphasis on high-speed hardware data path, memory controllers, and PCIe interface.



  • Minimum 5 years of FPGA design experience with 2 years of board-level product commercialization experience


  • Minimum Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated strong VHDL and/or Verilog skills; logical and physical design, timing closure
  • Recent design of complex, dense design with Xilinx FPGA design flow and simulation tools
  • High-speed (GHz) serial and DDR3 implementations
  • Familiarity with high-speed (GHz) PCB design techniques
  • Recent design of data-intensive architectures and functional blocks; for example radar, lidar, or HDTV.
  • FPGA-based, board-level architecture and design
  • Demonstrated ability to bring FPGA subsystem from concept through release to manufacturing
  • Working knowledge of signal processing algorithms, host architectures, and host data storage devices and optimization techniques
  • Development of project timelines and milestones
  • Management of FPGA technical risk; including analysis, simulation, prototyping, and contingency planning
  • Design for Test and Manufacturability
  • Board-level, production test development and implementation
  • Electronic device commercialization
  • PCIe Host Adaptor Card design and commercialization experience desired
  • Imaging Systems experience desired
  • Digital Signal Processing experience desired

Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts.  The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer.  Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.

Please be sure to complete an application on the company’s career site for consideration:


Jarrett Johnson

Recruiting Assistant




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