Senior FPGA Designer (m/f)

Madrid Tres Cantos, Spain

Full Time

4 months ago

Job description

Location: Madrid Tres Cantos, Spain

A Joint Venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space is a global space manufacturer delivering, for more than 40 years, high-tech solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth Observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Thanks to our diversity of skills, talents and cultures, our customers (governments, institutions, space agencies, telecommunications operators), therefore have Space to Connect, Secure & Defend, Observe & Protect, Explore, Travel & Navigate.

Thales in Spain is a leader in technological solutions applied to Defence, Aeronautics, Security, Transportation and Space and, furthermore, is a global centre for excellence in Space, Security of Critical Infrastructures and Transportation. With a turnover of €320 million and a staff of 1,200, it exports approximately 40% of its total production principally to the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America.

You will lead technical definition and design of FPGAs for satellite-based units that position and connect anyone and anything, everywhere, help observing our planet and optimizing the use of our planet's resources and even to spacecraft to discover the universe!

You will lead FPGA developments in VHDL for space applications processing units:

  • Architecture definition
  • Design
  • Verification 
  • Support to Validation
  • Documentation

The activity is involved in a multidisciplinary team, with opportunity to participate in international engineering teams.

Education & Qualification:

Master degree in industrial engineering, aerospace engineering, telecommunication engineering, software engineering, physics, mathematics or other similar technical discipline.

We are looking for a candidate with:

At least 7 years of experience, 3 of them in space sector

  • Synchronous VHDL design.
  • Understanding of technical requirements and definition of technical solutions.
  • VHDL/Verilog simulation (pre-synthesis & post-layout verification).
  • Design synthesis and implementation/place and route
  • Support to Design validation
  • Preparation of design documentation
  • Design Reviews with customer


  • VHDL, Verilog and System Verilog
  • Simulation with ModelSim/Questa Core
  • Synthesis with Synplify/Vivado
  • Implementation/place and route with Vivado/Libero
  • Version control (e.g. Git)


  • Fluent English

Skills to make the difference:

  • MATLAB/Simulink, C programming experience, Python, Pearl
  • Knowledge of microprocessors development environment
  • Knowledge of Data Processing
  • Team work, improvement spirit, pragmatic, results oriented, dynamic, responsible
  • Responsible on technical performances, cost and schedule of the solution 
  • Motivated to learn new technologies, and space-business processes and tools 
  • Agile methodology 
  • French

We offer you:

  • Be part of an innovative sector with interplanetary impact
  • Working with international customers
  • Trust and empowerment
  • Growing opportunities in a space industry leader company
  • Partial remote working
  • Free meals at the office
  • Flexible working hours
  • Holiday days above the average
  • Flexible benefits plan (private health insurance, transportation, kindergarten and trainings)
  • Smart Working (teleworking, flexible working time, equipment & tools endowment, etc.).
  • Discounts and special promotions on products and services thanks to Exclusive benefits.
  • We value the importance of family and want to support you in all aspects of your life. Thales Concilia is a set of advantages and free services and others at reduced prices.
  • Free meals at the office.
  • Opportunity to become a Thales shareholder and share our achievements with our Sharing Thales program
  • 28 business days of vacation.
  • Pension plan.
  • Individual training programs.
  • Good working environment.

We will consider being in possession of a certificate of disability.

Thales is a company committed to equal opportunities between women and men, and for this reason, we work to raise awareness and disseminate information on the subject both internally and externally.

At Thales Alenia Space we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales Alenia Space employing around 8,900 employees in 10 countries with 17 sites in Europe and a plant in the US, our mobility policy enables employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad. Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth #SpaceForLife. Great journeys start here, apply now!

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