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Actalent Fpga Engineer in Herndon, Virginia


Our client designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. Our client's expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.

We have an exciting opportunity for a FPGA Engineer at our Herndon, VA location. The team there has a multi-disciplinary, sometimes non-traditional, approach for generating innovative solutions to incredibly challenging technical problems in the national security arena. Their areas of expertise include spacecraft payload and system development (especially in the confines of implementing very large amounts of functionality in extremely small, power-constrained environments); unique system development; ground control and operational software development; embedded software development; and unique cyber capabilities. Key customers include the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.


  • Significant focus on developing embedded software code for spacecraft bus avionics, spacecraft payloads, and ground support equipment.

    • Includes development of special utilities for support development on deeply embedded systems.
  • Evaluates the integration of the engineering solution within the overall engineering environment; and ensures that appropriate documentation, testing, maintenance, and engineering updates completed.

  • Communicates with engineering professionals, solution users, and management throughout the solution development cycle, represents the company as a prime technical contact on contracts and/or projects, interacts with senior external personnel on technical matters requiring coordination between the organizations, and participates in the development of new or expansion of existing business.

  • Plans and coordinates the maintenance of engineering solutions including documentation, reporting, publishing, and making technical and other presentations to ensure viability of the solution(s) in an evolving environment.

  • Participates in or may lead the development of new or expansion of existing business opportunities.


vhdl, c/c++, fpga, Xilinx, Linux, Firmware, Rtos, Embedded software, Verilog

Additional Skills & Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline, with 8+ years fo experience

  • Demonstrates a detailed and extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.

  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills to effectively interface with other departments, customers, government representatives, and/or professionals; the capability of representing the organization as a prime technical contact; and the ability to provide leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals.

  • Expert level experience in C/C++ and VHDL programming languages required.

  • Experience implementing FPGA IP cores and libraries and writing custom FPGA logic in VHDL is required.

  • Must be comfortable working with custom/standard serial protocols and developing custom utilities for rapid deployment.

  • Must be comfortable developing and debugging software on deeply embedded systems (e.g., using logic analyzers and associated lab tools such as debugging aids).

  • Ability to maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.


  • Spacecraft software development experience

  • Active TS/SCI clearance

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At Actalent, diversity and inclusion are a bridge towards the equity and success of our people. DE&I are embedded into our culture through:

  • Hiring diverse talent

  • Maintaining an inclusive environment through persistent self-reflection

  • Building a culture of care, engagement, and recognition with clear outcomes

  • Ensuring growth opportunities for our people

Actalent is an equal opportunity employer.

About Actalent

Actalent connects passion with purpose. We help visionary companies advance their engineering and science initiatives through access to specialized experts that drive scale, innovation, and speed to market. With a network of almost 30,000 engineering and sciences consultants and more than 4,500 clients across the U.S., Canada, Asia, and Europe, Actalent serves many of the Fortune 500. An operating company of Allegis Group, the global leader in talent solutions, Actalent launched as a new specialized engineering and sciences services and workforce solutions brand in 2021.