Senior FPGA Engineer 

San Francisco, CA, Boulder, CO or Remote

Capella is at the forefront of making vital information about our world accessible in a timely manner. We’re leveraging proven technologies and building new capabilities to create a constellation of SAR satellites that can collect information about any spot on the planet within an hour.

At Capella you’ll work in a collaborative team environment, alongside smart people with a history of space mission success. No prior space experience is needed—we’re looking for people excited about tackling seemingly impossible challenges, learning new skills and concepts, and helping each other achieve success.

Our mission and our products are meant to understand the whole world and help everyone in it, regardless of race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.

We value diversity at Capella and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!


Capella Space is looking for a talented (Senior) FPGA Design Engineer to join our FPGA team to develop FPGA designs and firmware for spacecraft.

This role will require close collaboration with the spacecraft software engineering team to define interfaces between the spacecraft flight computer and various subsystems, including storage, communication, and flight systems.

The successful candidate is a person who will have experience contributing to design, development, support, and test efforts to meet requirements and who is comfortable working in a fast paced start up.

You will be involved in a variety of tasks including HDL development, hardware bringup and testing, implementation of new features, and general upkeep of our current systems.

Required Qualifications:

  • 3+ years experience developing HDL for FPGAs
  • Experience writing HDL (System Verilog preferred) and developing high-throughput digital signal processing designs
  • Experience developing HDL for Xilinx FPGAs including AXI
  • Experience with FPGA development tools (Vivado preferred), timing closure techniques, and development procedures
  • Experience developing clocking architectures including clock domain crossing
  • Experience with FPGA simulations (ModelSim/QuestaSim preferred)
  • Experience using git revision control software
  • Ability to work with both hardware and software engineers to meet the system requirements
  • Ability to work with project managers to organize and plan the FPGA effort
  • Comfortable using lab equipment
  • This position requires special access to conduct the work and requires the selected candidate to be a US Citizen or Green Card holder.

Desired Qualifications (Not All Are Expected):

  • Experience with Xilinx Zynq/MPSoC (RFSoC)
  • Experience with interaction between programmable logic and processing system
  • Experience integrating 3rd party IP cores such as NVMe
  • Experience writing FPGA code to communicate with and control hardware
  • Familiarity with both high and low speed communication protocols (Aurora, PCIe, DDR, SPI, I2C, etc.)
  • Git branching and merging
  • C/C++ and/or Python experience
  • Experience writing bare-metal code on Zynq architectures
  • Unit and regression testing
  • Experience with radar systems
  • Knowledge of encryption standards
  • Board bring-up experience

All team members at Capella Space must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to help ensure the safety our community. The definition of fully vaccinated is subject to change (may include boosters). Accommodation requests based on medical or religious reasons will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  


In addition to an opportunity to take part in an innovative and fast-growing business with a highly motivated and skilled team, we also take pride in taking care of our employees. Here are just a few ways that we show our appreciation:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability and Life Insurance
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Gourmet-style, daily lunch
  • Weekly Capella community events
  • Equity
  • Commuter benefits including Transit Flex Spending and baywheels membership
  • Dog-friendly work environment (SF)

This is your chance to work with cutting-edge FPGAs and algorithms deployed in our operational and future satellites!


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