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FPGA Firmware Engineer

The start date for this position is unknown at this time but we welcome all applications. 

UrtheCast Corp. is a Vancouver-based technology company that serves the rapidly evolving geospatial and geoanalytics markets with a wide range of information-rich products and services. UrtheCast is growing and is shaping the future of earth observation. We provide the world with next-generation Earth Observation data using our growing system of space-based sensors. Our Crew members consider themselves agents of change as they work to provide Earth imagery and video data that enables heightened geospatial analysis. With that data, we build our products and services to help everyone — citizens, businesses, and governments alike — make advances in areas ranging from high-tech precision agriculture and forestry resource management, to the monitoring of humanitarian relief efforts. This type of large-scale change requires near-constant technological iteration and innovation, so UrtheCast continues to initiate unprecedented engineering programs like its planned UrtheDaily™ and OptiSAR™ constellations. Every day, we push the limits of what’s possible in space-based Earth Observation.

We are currently seeking a FPGA Firmware Engineer.

As an UrtheCast FPGA Firware Engineer, you will be responsible for participating in the design of our next-generation Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload. Though the role focuses on FPGA firmware design and requires with experience in the electronics, logic design, digital signal processing, and embedded software aspects of large FPGA-centric projects.


  • Detailed design, implementation, integration, and testing of FPGA firmware
  • System-level design, including partitioning of computational workloads across different resources
  • Code reviews, design documentation, and mentorship activities
  • Depending on experience and aptitude, the applicant may also contribute to the design of embedded software and hardware platforms


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Electrical, Electronic Engineering or Engineering Physics
  • 5 to 10 years of FPGA firmware design and implementation
  • Design experience specifically for space systems an asset


  • A senior-level FPGA designer (Xilinx, Microsemi, VHDL)
  • Comfortable with embedded software (ARM assembly, C/C++)
  • Familiar with low-level interfaces (JTAG, CAN, SPI, I2C)
  • Able to participate in system-level design
  • A strong verbal and written communicator
  • Familiar with source-code management (Git)


  • Knowledge of high-speed interfaces (Ethernet, Aurora)
  • Familiarity with a high-level language (e.g. Python)
  • Familiarity with DSP theory and practice (FFT, DUC/DDC)
  • Embedded OS experience (Linux, FreeRTOS)
  • Experience with schematics and hardware design and manufacture
  • Experience in aerospace environments
  • Experience with Synthetic Aperture RADAR (SAR)


  • Fast-paced, open-concept, constantly evolving
  • Occasional overtime required
  • Occasional travel required

What can we offer you?

  • Competitive compensation, full benefits and flexible time off
  • Great work environment, team and office location
  • Great lunch programs will provide you with an opportunity to learn and socialize, and our Friday afternoons will set the right mood for the weekend
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