Principal Communications FPGA Engineer – SIGINT – TS/SCI Required – Onsite – Salt Lake City, UT – (AST-SL)


West, UT

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United States of America


UT207: 1127 West 2320 South , West Valley City, UT, 84119 USA

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Applied Signal Technology (AST), a national asset in the SIGINT domain, is seeking a Principal Communications FPGA Engineer to join our Salt Lake City, Utah based communications development team. AST offers a collaborative workplace, one in which you will be inspired to innovate in an inclusive environment where work-life balance is an elegant solution, not a slogan. In this role you will utilize your experience in communication applications, digital design concepts, FPGA development practices, and lab integration to provide imaginative, thorough, practicable and organizationally aligned solutions to a wide range of difficult developmental challenges. If you strive for excellence, seek a highly mission focused environment and have a passion to be part of a team that protects your family, strengthens our nation, and improves the security of our world, then consider exploring this unique & rewarding opportunity.

In this position you will collaborate closely with technical leaders within AST as you pursue strategic and technical objectives. You will apply advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts to develop industry leading solutions, and contribute to the development of new and innovative principles and concepts. You will provide the technical leadership to maintain vibrancy in AST’s products as AST continues to demonstrate thought leadership to the Intelligence Community (IC).

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**This position will be based out of the Salt Lake City, UT location**

Relocation Assistance Provided

As a Principal Communications FPGA Engineer you will be a key member of the Engineering Center Technical Team and will collaborate with a broad spectrum of talented engineers as you pursue and implement AST engineering objectives. You will ensure technical integrity and effective engineering implementation across all levels of project execution. You will collaborate with development teams, management, mission teams, and customers on product and system solutions that satisfy their needs. You will also provide mentorship and leadership to other engineers within the organization with a focus on the continual development of engineering talent.

Required Skills:

  • Familiarity with digital signal processing and/or network communications concepts
  • Typically requires a minium of 8+ years of experience in the development of digital signal processing and/or network processing FPGA applications
  • Strong comprehension of FPGA development environments and FPGA development tool flows
  • Extensive experience implementing complex high-speed synthesizable algorithms using HDL programming languages such as VHDL, Verilog & SystemVerilog
  • Experience in all aspects of FPGA development using industry standard FPGA tools such as Vitis, Vivado, and Quartus
  • Experience working with CCA and SW development teams to interface with FPGA components
  • Proven ability to design, implement, and document FPGA designs from component level specifications
  • Proven ability to define and perform FPGA component level integration and test plans
  • Proven ability to resolve FPGA integration and test issues in hands-on lab environments
  • Experience with or basic understanding of telecommunications systems concepts and/or signal processing
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in team environments
  • Active and Current DoD TS/SCI or higher security clearance
  • Typically requires a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) unless prohibited by local laws/regulations and minimum 8 years prior relevant experience or an Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 6 years of experience or in absence of a degree, 12 years of relevant experience

Security Clearance:

  • Active and transferable U.S. government issued security clearance is required prior to start date
  • U.S. citizenship is required, as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance
  • Must have or be capable of obtaining a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance. Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation/reinstatement and must meet eligibility requirements

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • Experience providing reliable development FPGA cost/schedule estimates
      • Experience with software languages used to interface to FPGA applications (Matlab, Python, C)

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      Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.


      Please consider the following role type definitions as you apply for this role.

      Onsite: Employees who are working in Onsite roles will work primarily onsite. This includes all production and maintenance employees, as they are essential to the development of our products

      Regardless of your role type, collaboration and innovation are critical to our business and all employees will have access to digital tools so they can work with colleagues around the world – and access to Collins sites when their work requires in-person meetings.

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    The salary range for this role is 96,000 USD - 200,000 USD. The salary range provided is a good faith estimate representative of all experience levels. RTX considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role, function and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.Hired applicants may be eligible for benefits, including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, flexible work schedules, employee assistance program, Employee Scholar Program, parental leave, paid time off, and holidays. Specific benefits are dependent upon the specific business unit as well as whether or not the position is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement.Hired applicants may be eligible for annual short-term and/or long-term incentive compensation programs depending on the level of the position and whether or not it is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Payments under these annual programs are not guaranteed and are dependent upon a variety of factors including, but not limited to, individual performance, business unit performance, and/or the company’s performance.This role is a U.S.-based role. If the successful candidate resides in a U.S. territory, the appropriate pay structure and benefits will apply.RTX anticipates the application window closing approximately 40 days from the date the notice was posted. However, factors such as candidate flow and business necessity may require RTX to shorten or extend the application window.

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