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Lead Digital Engineer

East Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Closing date
31 December 2021
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Job Description:

Saab's Radar Surveillance division is seeking a Lead Digital/ Electrical Engineer specializing in system digital & firmware design for military radar systems. The location of this position is flexible; the successful candidate will have the ability to either work remotely or onsite in the East Syracuse, NY office.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Application of engineering principles and techniques to develop the architecture and detailed design of complex digital systems/subsystems for ground, shipboard and airborne radars.

  • Select and propose methods and techniques for implementing solutions in leading edge technologies (including Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), microcontrollers, high bandwidth memories and high-speed communication interfaces).

  • Lead technical teams to achieve program objectives.

  • Provide effective communication between functional management, functional teams, customers, contractors and suppliers.

  • Assist in the planning of tasks and collection/reporting of execution metrics.

  • Apply work experience to identify and contribute to process improvements.

Skills and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or other related degree program.

  • Experience developing system/subsystem requirements, architecture and design.

  • Minimum of 10 years experience in all areas of VHDL/Verilog development including but not limited to selection of host programmable devices (FPGA or other), simulation/modeling, implementation, testing and debugging.

  • FPGA architecture, design and implementation.

  • Experience with various I/O (USB/Ethernet/I2C/SPI/SRIO/PCI/PCIe) protocols.

  • Experience with high speed, high density DRAM, SRAM and Flash memories.

  • Strong communication and presentation skills are a must.

  • Ability to effectively interface with functional teams, customers, contractors and suppliers.

  • Ability to evaluate vendor capabilities to provide required products or services.

  • Experience estimating size, cost and schedule of a hardware development effort.

  • Must hold or be able to obtain U.S. DoD SECRET security clearance.


  • SoC and RFSoC architectures, design and implementation.

  • High-speed ADC, DAC and power conversion.

  • Experience with multilayer, high speed, high density analog/mixed signal PCB layout.

  • Experience with PCB EMI mitigation and signal integrity techniques.

  • Experience with low-level kernel/processor hardware development.

  • Developing and testing multi-core and real-time multi-threaded systems.

  • Familiarity with BSP and embedded firmware development including embedded firmware debugging and analysis tools (e.g. JTAG, CoreSight, etc.).

  • Good understanding of various microprocessor architectures (e.g. PPC, ARM, x86, etc.).

  • Ability to design for test, manufacturing and reliability.

  • Developing technical baselines and cost volumes for proposals.

  • Experience mentoring and developing junior engineers.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to participate in a drug screen and background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, education and employment verification.

About Us:

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 17,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.