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FPGA Engineer

Thorlabs, Inc., Austin, TX, United States
Employer Description

Founded in 1989, Thorlabs seeks to accelerate the forward movement of scientific discovery and advancement! As a vertically integrated manufacturer of photonics components, instruments, and systems, our vast product portfolio includes over 20,000 items, ranging from optics and optomechanical positioning components to imaging systems, many of which are customer inspired.

Photonics is the foremost technology driving innovation in science and engineering. As the number of technological innovations has grown, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments.

Headquartered in Newton, NJ, Thorlabs has grown to over 1800 employees with manufacturing and sales offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and Brazil. As light-based technologies push into new markets, Thorlabs plans to enter early with the products and services required to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.

Job Description

Join our team and develop the next generation of technology for leading-edge research in the Life Sciences, from Cancer Research to Neuroscience. Thorlabs Scientific imaging based in Austin TX is looking for a talented individual with a strong understanding of FPGA architectures and DSP. Our ideal candidate would enjoy collaborating with a multidisciplinary team comprising of scientific researchers from leading university laboratories, algorithm developers and engineers. Our team is focused on the development of scalable hardware platforms aimed at advancing our laser scanning microscopy systems.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Technology transfer from Thorlabs R&D division
  • Participation in building core technical team
  • Working with internal customers to finalize product requirements
  • Development of Field Programmable Gate Arrays including coding, test and functional verification, timing closure, and documentation. Emphasis on timing closure and high-speed hardware data paths.



  • Minimum 5 years of FPGA design experience with 2 years of board-level product commercialization experience


  • Minimum Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated strong VHDL and/or Verilog skills; logical and physical design, timing closure
  • Recent design of complex, dense design with Xilinx FPGA design flow and simulation tools
  • High-speed (GHz) serial and DDR3 implementations
  • Familiarity with high-speed (GHz) PCB design techniques
  • Recent design of data-intensive architectures and functional blocks; for example RADAR, LIDAR, or HDTV.
  • FPGA-based, board-level architecture and design
  • Demonstrated ability to bring FPGA subsystem from concept through release to manufacturing
  • Working knowledge of signal processing algorithms, host architectures, and host data storage devices and optimization techniques
  • Contribute to the development of project timelines and milestones
  • Assess FPGA technical risk; including analysis, simulation, prototyping, and contingency planning
  • Design for Test and Manufacturability
  • Board-level, production test development and implementation
  • Electronic device commercialization
  • PCIe Host Adaptor Card design and commercialization experience desired
  • Imaging Systems experience desired
  • Digital Signal Processing experience desired

Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.

06 September 2019
06 October 2019
Bachelor's Degree
Advanced Manufacturing