FPGA Engineer

About Alén Space

Alén Space is a New Space company focused on the development of missions based on small satellites as well as products and services related to them. Our mission is to help our clients to develop their business plan designing, manufacturing and operating satellites in order to execute the application they need.

While Alén Space is a new company, our team has been involved in several complete small satellite missions, from specification to delivery, during the last 15 years. Alén Space technical team is composed of systems engineers, electronic engineers, AIV engineers, software and operations engineers and project managers; with a large experience on IOD, communication, commercial and scientific missions, with private and public institutions such as the European Space Agency.

Alén Space’s value proposition resides in the flexibility and expertise of our team. We utilize our design and testing methodologies, which allow the use of components from various suppliers, to create the most suitable platform for the requested mission. During more than a decade, all our satellite missions have been fully designed in-house, following the same multi-provider approach, resulting on a 100% success rate in orbit, for all launched missions.

At Alén Space, quality and flexibility in the design, manufacturing and testing are hallmarks of the company. The quality of the process is achieved through meticulous testing and verification processes, keeping traceability of all the executed activities. The flexibility is achieved thanks to the proximity relationship with our clients and to our supplier agnostic approach. This relationship aims not only at easing the communication process, but also at allowing our commercial clients to take an important role on the design aspects. In this line, we design the most flexible spacecraft platforms, to accommodate subsystem suppliers’ changes without heavily impacting the overall mission. Our systems and AIV engineers work closely with the client, in order to take decisions and involve them in the process.

Our team has enhanced a work method that applies the strict quality standards set by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS). All of our management, system engineering and AIV processes are based on those standards.

Quality, Flexibility, Scalability, Proximity, Expertise and Success define all Alén Space values.

Do you want to orbit with us?

We offer the opportunity to join a challenging space project together with a self-motivated team with great experience in the design and manufacturing of small satellites!

Job Description

The selected FPGA engineer will be part of a growing and motivated engineering team in charge of designing, implementing, verifying, and validating FPGAs systems for space applications.

Position Tasks and Responsibilities

The following tasks will be assigned to the candidate:

  • Analysis of the FPGA requirements to elaborate the design architecture.
  • Definition, implementation, verification and validation of designs in RTL (VHDL).
  • Elaborate test plans according to the Technical Specification or High-level requirements.
  • Write test cases in VHDL, Python or C/C++  and execute them during the Test Campaign.
  • Write documentation across the development cycle (Architecture, Test Plan, Test Report, Manual, etc.).

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

The candidate must have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in engineering: Telecommunications, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or similar engineering field.

The required experience and skills are:

  • At least 2 years of experience in FPGA designs.
  • Good understanding of the FPGA architecture. Resources, clock networks, metastability, etc.
  • Good knowledge in VHDL.
  • Knowledge of Linux.
  • Experience with Xilinx Vivado.
  • Experience with VHDL simulators (Vivado Simulator, QuestaSim or similar).

It will be also desirable the following qualifications and skills:

  • Knowledge of Xilinx Zynq, MPSoC.
  • Experience with FPGA tools: HDL Designer, Ease HDL, Sigasi, GHDL, Cocotb, etc.
  • Programming language C/C++ and Python.
  • Knowledge of Digital Signal Processing concepts.
  • Knowledge of SDR platforms/ICs: ADAM PLUTO, FMCOMMS2, AD9361, etc.
  • Experience coding for critical systems in FPGA. Experience designing for radiation environments and mitigation techniques.
  • Experience with ECSS/CCSDS. ECSS-E-ST-20-40C and ECSS-Q-ST-60-03C is a plus.
  • Knowledge of timing constraints and STA in synthesis and implementation.
  • Experience with HLS.
  • Hardware debug experience: oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, serial protocol analyzers, ILA, etc.
  • Experience prototyping and debugging systems with development boards and frameworks. E.g., PYNQ.
  • Knowledge of OSVVM.
  • Knowledge of Verilog, System Verilog is a plus.

The applicant must have good communication skills and must be able to work autonomously in an effective manner, while cooperating in a potentially international and culturally diverse team.

Moreover, the applicant must have good analytical, organizational, and reporting skills; together with a proactive attitude to solve problems individually and an interest in technology development.

Notice: The applicant must be eligible to work and live in the EU.


We offer a indefinite full time term contract.

  • Location: Vigo area (Spain)
  • Starting date: Inmediate

If you are a proactive person and want to commit yourself to a present and future project, we hope to receive your CV.

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