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FPGA Design Engineer – Security Detection


This is a Full-time position in Tewksbury, MA posted April 2, 2021.


Job Description:

If you are an experienced, motivated and talented FPGA Design Engineer – we want to speak with you! Leidos’ Security and Detection Engineering’s team in Tewksbury, MA has an immediate need for an engineer with strong experience in high-speed analog/digital board and FPGA development, as well as some knowledge in embedded design; preferably in RF applications.

This critical role offers the excitement of developing custom solutions for products as a key technical team contributor, while participating in a small multi-disciplinary team working together on a variety of challenging projects.  Using bleeding edge technology, you’ll be developing truly novel solutions that make travel and trade safer, healthier, and more efficient on a global level. You will work in a fast-paced and diverse environment, enjoy flexible work arrangements, and will have a management team that encourages your career development and growth.

If selected, your expertise would be put to action in at least the following core expectations:

  • Working with multidisciplinary design teams throughout the development and new product introduction cycle from concept, design, and development to prototype, test verification, and documentation to production.

  • Taking responsibility for the architecture and development of the hardware and FPGA development. Our typical modules may include MMIC’s, Microcontrollers, Processors Modules and FPGA’s.

  • Assisting and collaborating in the design of digital and mixed signal board development.

  • Maintaining and augmenting existing designs.

  • Maintaining appropriate documentation in accordance with the Quality Management System of the company.

  • Participating in Design Engineering project status meetings, preparing written reports, analysis, and design review material in accordance with established development processes and procedures.

Required Education & Experience

BSEE or BSCE and at least 10 years of applicable, transferable and successful design work experience with most of the following:

  • Experience with developing mixed signals board and FPGA’s, circuit design and troubleshooting.

  • Experience in circuit design interfacing with RF Devices.

  • Experience with communication protocols I2C, SPI, 1-wire, Ethernet, USB, PCIe.

  • Knowledge in High Speed design (LVDS), ADC, DAC, LDO, switching regulator selection etc. 

  • Working experience using Schematic capture, layout, circuit analysis, and circuit simulation tools. (OrCAD, DxDesigner, Altium, LTSpice, Matlab, HyperLynx, PAD’s, etc.)

  • Hands-on experience using measurement equipment such as, signal generators, oscilloscopes etc. (spectrum analyzers, network analyzers is a plus)

  • Hands-on experience VHDL/Verilog design targeting Xilinx platforms

  • Working experience with optical interfaces are highly desirable. (SFP+)

  • Application of good writing skills in the preparation of appropriate specifications, engineering analyses reports, and technical documents using MS Word/ Excel/ PowerPoint/Project/Visio, etc.

  • Ability to Communicate and work effectively with internal design teams and external contract manufacturers.

  • Ability to work independently in an engineering results oriented development environment.

  • Good engineering analysis, problem solving, judgment, analytical capability, and follow-up. 

  • Ability to define and manage tradeoffs between cost, performance and other design parameters.

Desirable Experience

  • Experience with script languages (Python) is plus

  • Understanding of EMC/EMI design principles is a plus.

If you meet most of the qualifications above and want to get a stronger understanding of this role, please submit your interest today for immediate consideration. Take some time to speak to us and learn more about how you could contribute and make positive impact to a great mission that benefits the world in security, and establish yourself as a professional engineer in this space!

Learn more about the greater Security Detection and Automation Operation team, which is comprised of four divisions to align with our customers’ missions and needs:

Learn more about Leidos’ Civil Group offers an array of exciting career opportunities for the best IT, energy, logistics and engineering professionals.

More about the larger Leidos:

Leidos is a Fortune 500™ company aimed at embracing and solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Through science and technology, Leidos makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient.


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Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That’s why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here.

Leidos will never ask you to provide payment-related information at any part of the employment application process. And Leidos will communicate with you only through emails that are sent from a email address. If you receive an email purporting to be from Leidos that asks for payment-related information or any other personal information, please report the email to

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.