Senior Engineer, FPGA (Starshield)

SpaceX was established on the premise that humankind exploring the stars in the future is inherently more intriguing than one in which we do not. With the eventual objective of permitting human life on Mars, SpaceX is now working actively to develop the technologies that will make this possible.

FPGA engineer senior (STARSHIELD)

Starshield makes use of SpaceX’s launch capacity and Starlink technology to aid in national security operations. Starshield is intended for government usage, with an initial concentration on earth observation, communications, and hosted payloads, in contrast to Starlink, which is intended for consumer and commercial use. For satellite missions that are pushing the limits of what is possible in space, this technical team is hiring. Our missions promote economic opportunity, secret national security space, and scientific research. software development, and At the heart of these programmes is creativity.

The spacecraft software team is developing incredibly dependable in-space networks, safe access control systems, autonomous satellite operating systems, and more. We want our engineers to offer fresh ideas from all disciplines, appreciate solving issues, and aim to make a difference on an inspirational goal. Aircraft experience is not necessary to succeed here. We need adaptable, motivated, and cooperative engineers as we grow this team.

At every stage of development, our team is involved in designing the vehicle systems. We provide tools that help us work more productively and that support the creation of safe, dependable, and self-contained software systems. Our software developers are accountable for the whole life cycle of the programme they generate, from conception through maintenance.

testing and administrative assistance.

Top Secret security clearance that is currently active, or the ability to obtain one, is preferred but not necessary.


Provide dependable firmware for hardware created by SpaceX
Develop innovative goods in collaboration with departmental engineers, from prototype to manufacturing to flight
Assume responsibility for your firmware products, performing testing and providing documentation.
Write excellent firmware for manned spaceflight by following the SpaceX flight software development approach.


4+ years of professional software development experience PLUS a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, math, or another science-related field; OR 6+ years of software development experience in lieu of a degree
2+ years of expertise in FPGA platform development

expertise writing firmware in VHDL for at least two years
2+ years were spent utilising the Xilinx toolchain to develop firmware for Xilinx FPGA systems.
Expertise building and testing highly reliable, safety-critical, and fault-tolerant serial links, including GbE, PCI-E, or comparable links
Experience in hardware debugging, including proficiency with tools such an oscilloscope, logic analyzer, and protocol analyzer (SPI, CAN, Ethernet or similar)
2+ years of expertise in C++ or another significant programming language for designing applications for embedded systems

with familiarity with common electronic components, comfort with understanding circuit design schematics, and ability to participate in discussions of hardware design
outstanding abilities in teamwork, communication, and leadership.

Additional conditions:

To fulfil pressing deadlines, you must be prepared to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends.

FPGA Engineer/Senior Salary: $160,000 to $220,000 year
Your actual level and base pay will be decided on an individual basis and may differ depending on the following factors: knowledge and abilities, education, and experience pertinent to the work.

Your entire compensation at SpaceX consists of more than simply your base salary. Together with potential discretionary bonuses, long-term cash rewards, company stock, stock options, and the chance to acquire additional shares of stock at a reduced price through an employee stock purchase plan, you might also be qualified for long-term incentives. Also, you will have access to complete medical, dental, and vision coverage, as well as

a 401(k) retirement plan, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, paid parental leave, and numerous additional discounts and benefits. You will be qualified for 10 or more paid holidays per year, as well as the option to accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation time. Every year, exempt workers are entitled to 5 days of sick time.


You must be a citizen of the United States, a legal permanent resident of the country, a protected individual under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or qualified to obtain the necessary authorizations from the U.S. Department of State in order to comply with ITAR and other export laws enforced by the U.S. Government. Click here to read more about the ITAR.

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