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FPGA Design Engineer

Axiom Space

Axiom Space

Software Engineering, Design
Webster, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – a permanent commercial destination in low-Earth orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home.

Axiom Space fosters a diverse environment inclusive of all perspectives. We are the pioneers of commercial space, leading the transformation of low-Earth orbit into a global space marketplace. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic (FPGA DESIGN ENGINEER) who is fueled by problem-solving, continuously curious, and driven to understand our world, science/technology, and life itself, for the benefit of all on Earth and beyond.


  • Work in a collaborative and energetic engineering team environment to design the electronics for a commercial human spaceflight.
  • Develop custom IP Cores according to design requirements
  • Interface with external companies to create custom IP cores
  • Integrate IP cores into top-level FPGA design
  • Interface with software and PCB designers to ensure FPGA design meets system-level requirements
  • Generate design documentation and test reports as necessary
  • Exposure to standard interfaces like AXI-4, AXI-S, Ethernet, PCIe etc.
  • Understanding of EMI/EMC principles and applications.
  • Understand the requirements and develop FPGA architecture to meet the requirements.
  • Troubleshoot hardware (systems and subassemblies) to determine root cause of failures and identify corrective actions.
  • Perform trade studies for technical solutions, including make/buy recommendations.
  • Develop documentation that supports analysis, component deratings, and design reviews.
  • Interface, communicate, and drive decisions with cross discipline teams.
  • Resolve problems encountered in testing and verification processes.
  • Familiar with designing for a radiation tolerant environment.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • S. in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or related field
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in digital design.
  • Working knowledge of Xilinx design/debug tools and SoC (MPSoC or RFSoC) programmable logic devices.
  • Experience designing and integrating digital circuitry to include FPGAs, DSPs, and fundamental circuit elements.
  • Proficient in VHDL
  • Experience integrating IP Cores in Vivado
  • Experience developing testbenches
  • Automotive and commercial electronics background welcome.
  • Timing closure of FPGA design
  • Familiar with PCB design and common electrical interfaces: PCIe, USB, Display Port and I2C/SPI/UART buses.
  • Experience implementing and evaluating performance of DSP algorithms.
  • Self-starter and able to perform under minimal supervision.
  • Success in designing, developing, testing, of electronics.
  • Experience in analyzing, simulation, and testing of electronics.
  • Experience with in-lab testing and measurement techniques.
  • Familiarity with spacecraft electrical systems and knowledge of radiation effects.
  • Understanding of PCB layout, PCBA manufacturing, component selection and environmental qualifications.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, eager to solve problems and identify original opportunities.
  • Shows commitment to inspiring others.
  • Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong attention to detail

Essential Functions

Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.


  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

Physical Requirements

  • May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Equipment and Machines
  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


  • Excellent interpersonal skill
  • Excellent communication skill, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Self-motivated

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-oriented environment

Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.