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Lead FPGA Design Engineer

At SA Photonics, we specialize in the design, development and manufacturing of complex, state-of-the-art sensors and communications systems for military, space and commercial applications.  Our products include both optical and RF systems. SA Photonics has a small team of highly experienced engineers and scientists and we are currently looking for a Lead FPGA Design Engineer to support several critical programs requiring a range of engineering tasks.

This is a full-time, regular position.


Due to the nature of much of the work we do, this position is restricted to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents only.

Key Areas of Responsibility Include:

  • Leading or participating in the development of subsystem / system-level specifications, design architectures, and functional partitions
  • Executing detailed module, subsystem, and system level design, simulation, and verification
  • Leading the effort to implement, debug, and verify these systems/subsystems in chip
  • Creating required design documents, reviewing test results, and conducting design reviews
  • Interfacing with all functional teams to support software, hardware and system development
  • Participating in sub-system and system level integration, validation, and troubleshooting
  • Leading the effort for design tool maintenance and design processes improvement

The successful candidate will have all of the following qualities / experience:

  • BSEE or MSEE with 8+ years of related work experience
  • Expert level proficiency with Verilog
  • Knowledgeable of Xilinx Kintex and Zynq families, as well as the Vivado tool suite
  • A background in communication systems, signal processing and/or image processing
  • Solid hands-on and laboratory skills to support initial bring up, integration and test, and performance characterization
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


SA Photonics is headquartered in Los Gatos.  Our office has easy reverse commute access to HWY 85 and HWY 17.  We also have easy access to the Los Gatos Creek Trail, where many of our staff enjoy cycling, running, and/or walking.  Crossfit and yoga gyms are within walking distance.

SA Photonics provides competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefit package, matching 401k, and a flexible work schedule.  Our employees enjoy our small teams of very motivated engineers working on state-of-the art projects.

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