Principal Software Defined Radio (SDR) FPGA Design Engineer

Engineering · Lafayette, Colorado
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) is leading the way in the New Space revolution!  Our state-of-the-art systems are currently on missions from low Earth orbit to the Moon, near earth asteroids, and to Mars.  We create high-reliability spacecraft with significantly greater performance, much smaller size and at a fraction of the cost of traditional space systems.  We are involved in a wide range of projects for academic, commercial, and government applications.  Join our innovative and dynamic company, as we build the small spacecraft of the future.  


Blue Canyon Technologies is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Principal Software Defined Radio (SDR) FPGA Design Engineer to help our team design innovative solutions for the next generation CubeSat and MicroSat systems.


Title: Principal Software Defined Radio (SDR) FPGA Design Engineer

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $130,000 - $190,000

Location: Lafayette, CO



  • 100% company paid health, dental and vision benefits for you and your dependents effective the first of the month following hire date
  • Life insurance
  • 401k (matching 4% with a minimum 5% contribution
  • Generous PTO (4 weeks of vacation + 3 floating holidays, 2 weeks of sick time, 7 paid holidays throughout the year) and parental leave.
  • Break rooms stocked with snacks and drinks

Job Responsibilities:

  • Key team member contributing to a state-of-the art space-based software defined radio roadmap and architecture.
  • Apply innovative design techniques to create cutting-edge software defined radios.
  • Work in a fast-paced team environment on a variety of R&D, proof of concept, and production programs.
  • FPGA Design, Verification, Integration and Test occur in a lean forward-thinking environment.
  • Design and develop to high-speed communication interfaces, encryptor interfaces, and data transfer protocols around defined radios (SDRs).
  • Perform RF signal reception and transmission of data using various modulations schemes (FSK, QAM, etc.).
  • Filter design, DDC, NCOs, modulation / demod, up & down conversion & folding.
  • Verify functionality of high-speed (Gigahertz+) interfaces on designs.
  • Verification experience with discrete time frequency and phase lock systems and controls theory is essential.
  • Design and implement test fixtures including test plans for both chip-level and board level environments and create reusable circuits that can be utilized across multiple projects.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within Blue Canyon to maintain a positive and productive work environment.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering and 15+ years digital/FPGA design experience with VHDL/Verilog.  Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience.
  • Documentation and implementation of high-speed digital electronics, FPGAs, and embedded processor systems.
  • Familiarity with RF sampling and SW defined radio is a plus.
  • Education and experience in control systems, communication theory, and modulation / demodulation theory is essential.
  • Strong understanding of synchronous design practices and data flow management (FIFOs, memories, pipelining).
  • Experience in signal and power integrity analysis of digital/FPGA designs.
  • Experience with Xilinx and Microsemi FPGAs and SoCs, including FPGA tool suites such as Xilinx Vivado, ISE and Libero for Microsemi.
  • Experience with Matlab filter design and algorithm prototyping.
  • Experience in developing specifications and resource requirements for digital/FPGA designs.
  • Familiarity with I2C, CAN, PCIe, Ethernet, DSP, DDR2/3, Spacewire, etc.
  • Experience debugging FPGA based systems using test equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, signal generators, etc.
  • Ability to work requirements and flow down for system/subsystem/box/board needs.
  • Designing FPGAs for space environments (power estimates, static timing analysis, requirements coverage) is a plus.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong presentation skills.


Working Conditions:

This job operates in a laboratory environment in a manufacturing company. This role uses standard laboratory and manufacturing equipment such as computers, electronic test equipment, common inspection tools and equipment, microscopes, color displays and associated office equipment.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time, use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, bend, reach, and walk. The position requires some light physical effort. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities are required by this job which includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.


Blue Canyon Technologies is a drug-free workplace and an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other protected factor. Blue Canyon Technologies is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Cathy Juntunen at 720-450-8252 or

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