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Highspeed Digital & Firmware Design Engineer

Centurion, South Africa
Closing date: 7 February 2023

We have a vacancy for a Highspeed Digital & Firmware Design Engineer in the Hardware Engineering Group and we are looking for someone who is familiar with electronic hardware development in the military and avionics development environments. This position also requires expert knowledge on high-speed digital design and firmware development for FPGA’s.

Are you someone who is self-motivated, disciplined and driven? If you also have strong communication skills and the ability to act as a technical team leader, have the ability to multi task and perform in a fast-moving demanding environment, then this might be the position for you.

Your role

The ideal candidate should be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Provide inputs to project plan, SOW and estimated labour for a hardware and firmware development project
  • Derive lower level hardware and firmware requirements
  • Perform a high level architectural design of the hardware and firmware
  • Perform a detail design, schematic capture together with simulations
  • Implement firmware design (Xilinx & VHDL), together with test benches for all functional blocks
  • Provide guidance in the placement and layout of the PCB
  • Create and maintain development documentation according to the hardware development process
  • Coordinate and participate in integration, test and qualification activities of the product
  • Configuration and version control of the baselines
  • Establish the SRU test environment
  • Create and maintain the production data pack of the product
  • Provide production support for the live cycle of the product
  • Perform a Technical Team Leader role in the execution of a hardware development project utilising a team of engineers
  • Perform the leading role (scrum master) in an agile development environment
  • Interface with project management team and provide feedback on progress and schedule

Your profile

Specialist Knowledge Required:

  • Advanced VHDL programming together with Modelsim test benches
  • Advanced high speed digital design
  • Xilinx SOC
  • Schematic capturing in DxDesigner or relevant CAD tool
  • Component placement and PCB layout
  • Hyperlynx simulations on high speed interfaces

Practical Experience Required:

  • High Speed digital and firmware design development
  • Firmware & software integration
  • Fault-finding
  • Applying DO-254 design guidelines on firmware development project will be an advantage

Qualification :

  • B.Eng. Degree (Electronics) or similar
  • Honours and Master will be an advantage

You will be a part of

SGD, who has reinforced its position as a leading South African defence and security company, bringing capabilities including electronic warfare systems, sensor technology, training systems, avionics, security and support solutions to the African and international markets. These capabilities are supplied and supported over the air, land, sea and civil security domains.

With new and improved technological systems and solutions, SGD increases a country’s defence capabilities and provides innovative, effective products and services for those tasked to maintain security. The company also works with various stakeholders in gathering data and providing insight into how security threats evolve, and what the best market-customised solutions are.

If you aspire to help create and innovate whilst developing yourself in a challenging team setting, Saab may well have the perfect conditions for you to grow. We pride ourselves on a nurturing environment, where everyone is different yet we share the same goal – to help protect people.

SGD will give preference to South African citizens and we welcome applications from individuals with culturally diverse backgrounds

Please consider your application as unsuccessful if you have not received feedback from us within 30 days after the closing date.