Advanced FPGA Firmware Developer

Canonsburg, PA

Basic Qualifications : Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, or a related Science, Engineering or Mathematics field. Also requires 5+ years of job-related experience, or a Master's degree plus 3 years of job-related experience. Agile experience preferred.

CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: Department of Defense Secret security clearance is required within a reasonable period of time. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Responsibilities for this Position: Imagine a world-class engineering environment. Now add a team of exceptional talent along with technologies that are so advanced they’re often classified. That’s what you’ll find at General Dynamics Mission Systems. Here you’ll work with amazing engineers as they invent the technologies, products and services that help our service members, intelligence analysts and first responders keep our nation safe. If you want the chance to lead, it’s time to bring your talent to General Dynamics Mission Systems.

We apply advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, AR/VR, Cloud Native and Quantum Physics to solve our customers’ missions in cyber, RF, undersea, interstellar and everything in between.

Progeny Systems LLC, a General Dynamics Mission Systems company, is a high-tech business focusing on software and hardware system integration, cutting-edge research and development, and manufacturing. We provide premium systems, services, and products for the Department of Defense, government agencies and commercial clients. We are a technology leader in numerous areas including technology insertion; acoustic sensors; signal processing; combat systems; torpedoes; cyber security; knowledge management; and electronic warfare. We are seeking an Advanced FPGA Firmware Developer (Adv Software Eng) to develop, integrate, test, and support custom FPGA firmware within the Torpedo Systems Group (TSG). The TSG designs, develops, demonstrates, produces, assembles, tests and delivers torpedo SONAR arrays and electronic assemblies. The TSG team works with the Navy, internal production staff and the representatives from other companies to advance torpedo performance and lower production costs.


Be part of a team comprised of design, system engineering, and electrical engineering to develop embedded systems. Duties include:

  • Architect, design, and document FPGA firmware hierarchies, components, interfaces, and data flows
  • Develop firmware in accordance with detailed designs descriptions
  • Simulate and test firmware components in preparation for integration
  • Define FPGA timing, pinout, and placement constraints
  • Review synthesis and timing reports, address issues
  • Integrate and test firmware on target hardware
  • Identify necessary schematic updates and hardware reworks to support design
  • Utilize FPGA tools and laboratory equipment for integration and debug
  • Document failures, identify root causes, implement fixes, and verify changes
  • Maintain configuration management documentation for the FPGA design

Keys Skills:

  • Experience implementing FPGA firmware including custom VHDL components containing state machines, synchronous/asynchronous logic, processes, and external interfaces
  • Understanding of the underlying FPGA fabric the firmware utilizes
  • Experience working across cross-clock boundaries
  • Familiarity with Xilinx (AMD) and/or Altera (Intel) compiler, programming, and debug tools
  • Experience reviewing schematics, parts lists, and re-work documentation
  • Methodical problem-solving skills
  • Motivation to independently research and resolve issues
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

What Sets You Apart:

  • Familiarity with floor planning and timing optimizations
  • Working knowledge of standard network protocols (e.g., IPv4, UDP, TCP/IP)
  • Implementing custom digital signal processing filters

Our Commitment to You:

  • An exciting career path with opportunities for continuous learning and development.
  • Research oriented work, alongside award winning teams developing practical solutions for our nation’s security
  • Flexible schedules with every other Friday off work, if desired (9/80 schedule)
  • Competitive benefits, including 401k matching, flex time off, paid parental leave, healthcare benefits, health & wellness programs, employee resource and social groups, and more
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Workplace Options: This position is ON-SITE in Canonsburg, PA

  • A Hybrid work schedule may be available but will require a minimum of 3 day's per week on-site.

#LI-Hybrid Salary Note: This estimate represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors (geographic location, etc.). Actual pay may vary. This job posting will remain open until the position is filled. Combined Salary Range: USD $107,520.00 - USD $119,280.00 /Yr. Company Overview: At General Dynamics Mission Systems, we rise to the challenge each day to ensure the safety of those that lead, serve, and protect the world we live in. We do this by making the world’s most advanced defense platforms even smarter. Our engineers redefine what’s possible and our manufacturing team brings it to life, building the brains behind the brawn on submarines, ships, combat vehicles, aircraft, satellites, and other advanced systems.

We pride ourselves in being a great place to work with this shared sense of purpose, committed to a diverse and exciting employee experience that drives innovation and creates a community where all feel welcome and a part of something amazing.

We offer highly competitive benefits and a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. To see more about our benefits, visit

General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran

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