FPGA Designer

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For those who dream of advancing our space in the Universe and on Earth, we’ll take you there.

Serving the world from our Canadian home and our global offices, MDA is an international space mission partner and robotics & space operations, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 50-year story of firsts on and above the Earth. Today, we’re leading the charge towards viable Moon colonies, enhanced Earth observation, communication in a hyper-connected world, and more.

We’re fueled by a pioneering spirit that carries us beyond. And together we enable highly skilled people to continually push boundaries and tackle big challenges requiring solutions that endure and inspire.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

We’re on the hunt for a FPGA Designer on our Vision Systems & Sensors team at our Kanata office.

With 40 years of operational experience and proven performance on the iconic Canadarm programs including Space Shuttle and International Space Station robotics and operations support, our Robotics & Space Operations team has 100% mission success in making space dreams come true.


  • Manage, implement, and maintain all aspects of a wide range of FPGA’s that will be used in space applications
  • Design and implement verification/simulation test environment
  • Assist with bring-up and debug of hardware in the lab
  • Work with Software engineers to assist with system level integration
  • Support board design activities


  • Partition high-level design requirements into modular sections, aiming for good hierarchy of sub functions
  • Summarize features and estimate resources required to design one or more modules
  • Map functions to device features and resources in an efficient manner, guiding tools to achieve reliability
  • Provide feedback to system design on I/O placement, critical nets, and limits of performance


  • Draw upon knowledge of common protocols for external component connections
  • Review, identify, and target I/O parameters and timing for interface specifications
  • Recognize and use different coding methods when inferring components, arithmetic circuits, and state machine elements
  • Use synchronous and asynchronous techniques for data transfer and flow control on a data link
  • Understand and specify types of timing constraints, I/O delays, and false paths
  • Interpret utilization and timing reports to eliminate design errors


  • Review module listed features for design completeness and describe the level of test required
  • Participate and comment in design and code reviews, quickly interpret pre-existing code
  • Review functional operation using simulation and lab observations
  • Review test cases, identify and code additional tests or debug test benches as required
  • Extend/update legacy code using modern HDL language features


  • BSc in Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • 3 through 20+ years’ experience
  • Digital design and verification using one or more of Verilog, System Verilog, VHDL
  • Experience performing board level testing using oscilloscopes and logic analyzers
  • Independent learning and team discussion skills, concurrently support multiple tasks
  • Strong oral and written communication
  • Able to obtain a Federal Government Security Clearance


  • Aerospace/military, image processing, and radiation tolerant design experience
  • Ability to read or script in some or all of python, tcl, make, linux and shell, on windows and linux
  • Experience with C/C++ or other high level programming language
  • Experience designing for Microsemi PA3 or Xilinx Series 7 FPGAs
  • Comfortable in Unix and Windows environments, able to use common utilities

Tagged as: python, C++, TCL, xilinx, microsemi, liux

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