FPGA Developer (On-Site)

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WE’LL TAKE YOU THERE. MDA is an international space mission partner and a robotics, satellite systems and geo-intelligence pioneer with a 50-year story of firsts on and above the Earth.

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With 2,000 employees in Canada, the US and the UK, MDA is leading the charge towards viable Moon colonies, enhanced Earth observation, communication in a hyper-connected world, and more. MDA enables highly skilled people to continually push boundaries, tackle big challenges, and imagine solutions that inspire and endure to change the world for the better.

The UK division of MDA was formed in 2005, and has developed a portfolio of sensors and communications terminals aimed at the institutional and commercial New-Space sector. The MDA UK ‘Colka’ communications terminal is now installed on the ISS; the FLARE laser rangefinder, the LEIA LIDAR and the LWIR camera are all heading to orbit and/or the moon on numerous missions scheduled for the next two years. MDA UK is soon to move into new purpose-built facilities which include a robotics lab to support the development of in-orbit and interplanetary servicing capabilities.

We’re on the hunt for an FPGA developer on our Robotics and Space Operations team at our Harwell campus (Didcot) office.

MDA’s international footprint in the UK creates opportunities to work with some of the most exciting space industrial players in the country. Delivering all three business area capabilities in Geointelligence, Robotics & Space Operations, and Satellite Systems, our UK team provides support to our European-based customers while specializing in the development of advanced space sensors for exploration missions as well as space-based communication technology. As our presence grows overseas, so does our need for new ambitious team players to help us advance our place in the Universe and beyond.


This role provides an opportunity to join the small and enthusiastic UK team developing equipment and sub-systems for multiple space missions. The successful candidate will be an FPGA Developer with experience (5yrs+), ideally within the space industry.


  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team of engineers developing instruments and sensors
  • Producing firmware design concepts based on inputs ranging from formal ICD & requirements to a wish list of desired functionality in a ‘blank sheet’ system
  • Producing formal FW requirements where necessary
  • HDL coding (VHDL and / or Verilog)
  • Troubleshooting hardware and software for space missions
  • Maintaining and extending legacy code on existing products
  • Providing clear documentation

Required Skills:

  • University degree in an analytical or quantitative discipline (Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, or similar)
  • 5 years + experience within FPGA design (more experience is better)
  • Strong skills in VHDL and / or Verilog coding
  • Strong skills in simulation and test of FPGA code
  • Ability to solve complex challenges in a small team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience of working within formal configuration control methods

Useful Skills:

  • Knowledge of C and embedded C
  • Knowledge of Xilinx Ultrascale and / or Microsemi RTG4 development
  • Awareness of engineering standards (preferably ECSS)

MDA Team:

We are a team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we can take you there.

Benefits statement:

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit programme including health and pension plans.

Equal opportunity statement:

MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity. If you require assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please feel free to notify us.

COVID statement:

COVID-19 Hiring Update: Strengthening our workforce is more important than ever to meet our customers’ mission-critical needs. We are continuing to hire many talented people, and we are closely monitoring COVID-19 to ensure safe hiring practices are used. This includes limiting onsite candidate interviews and prioritizing video interviews.

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