FPGA Firmware Engineer

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research Inc.
Santa Barbara, California 93117
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

We are looking for a skilled FPGA Firmware Engineer to join our team of bright, talented software and firmware engineers. In this role, you’ll develop FPGA firmware for mixed signal scientific instrumentation, while assisting with DSP and microprocessor software programming to extend and enhance our innovative scientific product portfolio.  This is a great opportunity for an experienced firmware engineer to make major technical contributions to an interesting and complex high-tech product, while feeling right at home in our collaborative and supportive family environment.

  • Architect, design, implement and test FPGA, DSP and Microprocessor firmware and software for real-time and asynchronous control of Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs) and related hardware.  Collaborate closely with the R&D group to design, implement and test custom filters, feedback loops and other processing algorithms.
  • Contribute as part of a cross-functional team to the system-level design of instrumentation hardware; understand, define, implement, and document system requirements to meet both technical and customer-facing specs.
  • Research, prepare, and present technical product development proposals for new and sustaining designs.  Stay up to date on external developments as part of your role in a customer-focused, technology-leading organization. 
  • Provide sustaining engineering support including documentation, manual creation and internal/external technical support to ensure a smooth transition of all new product developments from engineering into production, and ensure designs are sustainable and compatible with long-term manufacturability and customer service.

Asylum Research designs, develops, and manufactures Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs), high precision imaging systems used in a wide range of applications from polymers to life science and semiconductors.  We are part of a successful global technology company, Oxford Instruments plc, a leading provider of high technology tools and systems for industry and academic research. 

We provide flexible hours and a competitive salary and benefits program including medical, dental, vision and 401k.  To apply for this outstanding opportunity, please attach your resume and cover letter along with pay expectations, in a single PDF, to your application.

Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments Company is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. EOE/M/F/D/V


You are seeking a challenge and have an excellent work ethic.  You are personally driven to meet objectives with a focus on quality and delivery. You are an enthusiastic team player and are comfortable leading technical investigations and supporting your peers and guiding the team to meet objectives. You will be able to architect, design, develop and support the product and should be comfortable with complex mathematical concepts. You enjoy what you do, and you should drive improvement initiatives whether they be for internal or external customers.  You think strategically about how you invest in the development of your own intellectual and professional capital.


Successful candidates will have:

  • A bachelor’s or higher level degree in Electronics Engineering/Software/Physics or equivalent field.
  • At least 5 years of experience in VHDL or Verilog for FPGA development, along with FPGA hardware and resources, timing constraints.  At least 3 years of experience designing and implementing digital filters, feedback loops, or other digital signal processing algorithms.
  • Experience in DSPs, microcontrollers, assembly language and/or AFMs - desired but not required.
  • Experience in the development of interfaces including high speed serial protocols (USB, PCIe, LVDS) and low speed serial protocols (CAN bus, I2C, SPI). 
  • Experience developing solutions with Altera or Xilinx FPGAs.
  • Experience with C++/Simulink/DSP Builder/Matlab languages; ability to read and understand digital electronics designs.
  • Experience in the complete product development life cycle, from requirements gathering through to test and support.  Evidence of technical support capability with strong customer empathy and focus.
  • Enthusiasm, eagerness and ability to learn quickly.  A curious, driven, creative and detail-oriented mindset, with the ability to solve challenging problems based on complicated and sometimes incomplete requirements.
  • The ability to communicate clearly both in person and in writing, and to build strong professional relationships with colleagues across multiple departments and geographies.


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