Firmware (FPGA) Engineer
Loft Orbital

Loft Orbital

Firmware (FPGA) Engineer

  • Other 
  • Toulouse
  • > 5 years

The company

Loft Orbital

Loft Orbital

  • Aeronautics / Space
  • From 50 to 250 employees

The job

Firmware (FPGA) Engineer

  • Other 
  • Toulouse
  • > 5 years

Who are they?

Loft Orbital is a provider of space “Missions as-a-Service”.

Founded in 2017 at the heart of the Silicon Valley, Loft Orbital integrates, launches, and operates high-reliability and high-performance spacecraft. Loft Orbital’s approach is centered on enabling standardization to deliver reliable space missions with improved cost and schedule performance.

Loft Orbital’s spacecraft are typically configured as “rideshares”, meaning that multiple customers share the onboard resources of a 100-kg class microsatellite platform.

Loft Orbital is developing the interface technologies, which are both software and hardware, and is thus the first company in the space sector that marry tech and space domains. The French subsidiary, based in Toulouse, focuses on the R&D activities for the development of these technologies.

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Job description

At Loft Orbital, we just successfully launched our first 2 satellites that we fly and operate ourselves.  With a number of smallsats scheduled to launch in the near future, we are actively looking for a Firmware (FPGA) Engineer!  🛰️

About Loft Orbital

Loft Orbital provides the fastest and simplest path to orbit for organizations that require information from space. We operate satellites, fly customer payloads onboard, and handle the entire mission from initial concept through in-orbit operations. This service is powered by our hardware and software products that enable any payload to fly on a standard satellite, reducing the lead-time and risk of a traditional space mission. Our standard interfacing and mission operations products enable us to fly any kind of payload, such as imagers, RF systems, scientific experiments, national security missions, in-orbit demonstrations, and weather and climate sensors.  Our customers trust us to manage their space infrastructure, so they can focus on what matters most to them: their payload and their data. 

At Loft, you'll be given the autonomy and ownership to solve significant challenges, but with a close-knit and supportive team at your back. We believe that diversity and community are the foundation of an open culture. We are committed to hiring the best people regardless of background and making their time at Loft the most fulfilling period of their career.  With a wave of exciting customer traction, we are scaling up our team quickly across our software, hardware, and aerospace teams at all three of our offices in San Francisco, CA; Golden, CO; and Toulouse, France. 

Wanna Join the Adventure?

We are looking for an experienced and motivated Senior RF Engineer with antenna and RF frontend engineering experience to join our team in San Francisco. Our development pushes the boundaries of in-space compute capabilities, RF communications, software defined payloads, and many other applications. You will join a team of experts in bringing these ideas to reality and launching your work into orbit.

*Research shows that while men apply to jobs where they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized people tend to only apply when they meet 100% of the qualifications. At Loft, we value respectful debate and people who aren’t afraid to challenge assumptions.  We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t ‘check all the boxes.

What You'll Do:

  • Architect, design and write high-quality firmware RTL for the satellite following best practices such as efficiency, maintainability, and testability
  • Perform SW/FW/HW integration to provide a fully functional firmware solution
  • Develop unit tests, component tests and continuous integration for your firmware
  • Perform hands-on board bringup and debugging
  • Design experience in radiocommunications and modulation/demodulation of RF signals (SDR, APSK, 8PSK, GMSK...)
  • Strong knowledge in digital signal processing design experience (FFT, over/down sampling, filters, ADC / DAC)
  • There is a good chance you’ll love this job if you have:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent in experience
  • 5+ years experience writing VHDL embedded applications on FPGAs
  • In depth knowledge of physical FPGA constraints such as timing, architecture, and interfaces
  • Experience with hardware interfacing and understanding of communication protocols (DMA, SPI, UART, LVDS, Ethernet, SpaceWire)
  • Experience and are comfortable with analog and digital hardware circuit design and analysis
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge with hardware interfaces and understanding of communication protocols (DMA, SPI, UART, LVDS, Ethernet, SpaceWire)
  • Experience and are comfortable with analog and digital hardware circuit design and analysis
  • Bonus points if you:

  • Experience with Xilinx or Microsemi SoC
  • Experience working with electrical test equipment (logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, etc.)
  • Experience with Vivado Block Design, High Level Synthesis or similar RTL abstraction methods
  • Experience with digital signal processing and SDR
  • Experience with firmware simulation (i.e. ModelSim)
  • Scrappy and inventive: what you will be building has never been done before
  • Prepared to be challenged and sometimes work out of your comfort zone
  • Willingness to be accountable, autonomous, and take full ownership of projects
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a multi-disciplined team
  • Ability to learn and adapt to new technologies
  • Demonstrable history of thinking outside-the-box, without losing sight of reality
  • Some of Our Awesome Benefits:

  • Equity, we want you to have an active role in our success
  • €1,000 onboarding budget, to help you be successful in your work, wherever you’re working from
  • 25 Paid Time Off and up to 10 RTT and flexible working hours, we want you to be at your best
  • Alan health and life insurance, we care about your health
  • Lunch Vouchers with Swile, because let’s be honest, we love food! (we even have a slack channel about it #loft-gourmand)
  • Cross office travel opportunities between San Francisco, Colorado, and Toulouse (France), to learn from our differences
  • Company and team off-sites and many other events per quarter, to work & celebrate together
  • English language classes, to become fluent as talk like Shakespeare
  • We offer relocation assistance when applicable
  • At Loft, you’ll be given the autonomy and ownership to solve significant challenges, but with a close-knit and supportive team at your back. We believe that diversity and community are the foundation of an open culture. We are committed to hiring the best people regardless of background and make their time at Loft the most fulfilling period of their career.

    We value kind, supportive and team-oriented collaborators. It is also crucial for us that you are a problem solver and a great communicator. As our team is international, you will need strong English skills to better collaborate, easily communicate complex ideas and convey important messages.

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