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FPGA Design Tool Developer

Arlington, Virginia

Location: Northern Virginia, Near Washington D.C.


Schedule: On-site Tuesdays through Thursdays


Citizenship Requirement: Must be a US citizen


Salary Range: $130,000 - $160,000 per annum


Company Overview:

Join a pioneering technology research organization situated in the vibrant and historically rich area of Northern Virginia, just a stone's throw away from the nation's capital, Washington D.C. Our client is at the forefront of reconfigurable computing research and development, offering an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to national security and innovation.


Job Description:

We are seeking a Senior FPGA Research Engineer with a passion for pushing the boundaries of reconfigurable computing. The successful candidate will lead groundbreaking research in algorithm development for bespoke internal tools targeting FPGA and ASIC front-end design. These tools address complex issues in hardware security, hardware design abstraction, and machine learning acceleration for critical systems. You will be instrumental in demonstrating the effectiveness of solutions on physical FPGAs and custom ASIC fabrication.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead research initiatives and propose significant innovations within reconfigurable computing.
  • Collaborate with peers within the group and across the company to drive forward-thinking solutions.
  • Publish research findings in top-tier conferences and journals.
  • Contribute to or lead proposals for future research projects.
  • Implement and refine algorithms for FPGA and ASIC design tools.


  • Bachelor's degree with 7+ years of experience, or Master's degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science.
  • Proficiency in software development (C++/Java/Python) and hardware design (VHDL/Verilog/System Verilog).
  • 3-5 years of hands-on experience with FPGA implementation tools from Xilinx, Intel, or Lattice.
  • Ability and willingness to apply for a Top Secret clearance; current SECRET clearance or higher preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Contributions to open-source EDA tools (e.g., Torc, RapidWright, ABC).
  • Expertise in FPGA CAD tool algorithms, design automation, or hardware trust and security.
  • Familiarity with version control systems (Git, Mercurial, SVN) and CI/CD workflows.

Why Join Us:

This role offers the chance to engage in highly impactful work with national security implications, within a unique setting that fosters innovation. The work you do here is unparalleled, driving the evolution of design tools used in ASIC and FPGA design.


How to Apply:

If you are ready to make a significant impact in reconfigurable computing and possess the skills we seek, please submit your resume and cover letter. We look forward to considering your application.


About Northern Virginia:

Northern Virginia is a bustling region known for its diversity, rich history, and proximity to Washington D.C. It offers a blend of urban and suburban living with numerous cultural attractions, parks, restaurants, and a high quality of life. This area is an excellent place for professionals looking to balance a challenging career with an enjoyable lifestyle.

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