Senior FPGA Engineer

Palo Alto, CA
Heaviside – Engineering
Project Heaviside is Kitty Hawk’s latest high-performance electric VTOL vehicle. It is designed to be fast, small and exceedingly quiet, taking advantage of new possibilities to free people from traffic.

Here at Kitty Hawk, where a century of aviation practices meets technology breakthroughs and a world-class engineering team, things are looking up. In 1903, the Wright brothers took flight for the first time from the beaches of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Our journey started by designing, testing and building all-electric vertical take-off and landing products for work and play. Today, in California, we are building on the Wright Brothers’ legacy to create the next generation of vehicles for everyday flight.

We are looking for an experienced FPGA developer with strong general embedded software engineering skills to join our avionics software team. You will be responsible for architecting and implementing the port of sensor, actuator, and inter-CPU communications functionality from software to fabric on a Xilinx Ultrascale+ MPSoC for a real time flight control system. You will work in a small and talented team and will have a high level of autonomy in decision making and responsibility in delivery.

Basic Requirements

    • B.S. in CE/EE/CS or relevant field, or equivalent
    • 4+ years professional experience developing on FPGAs
    • Strong general embedded system development skills

Prefered Skills and Experience:

    • Robotic or other feedback control systems
    • Interfacing fabric with an RTOS or embedded Linux
    • Flight-critical systems
    • High-speed serial links such as GbE
    • Demonstrated design/architecture leadership
    • Strong C and practical C++
We are located in Palo Alto and Hollister, with great access to nice outdoor spaces as well as to airports at both locations. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), unlimited PTO days, 10 company holidays, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), commuter assistance, and education assistance. And on top of all that, we also offer a variety of perks such as free catered lunches and snacks, flight lessons, happy hours and many more.

Kitty Hawk provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Kitty Hawk abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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