Principal Electrical/Hardware Engineer

This is a full-time and direct-hire position. This position is ONSITE in Santa Clara, CA.  No C2C or 3rd party or sponsorship at this time. We appreciate all of our applicants, but we are not able to sponsor at this time. 

A market leader in DIGITAL LOW-LIGHT IMAGING SENSORS AND SYSTEMS FOR THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY is seeking a senior hardware engineer to participate in the development of new digital imaging systems employing intensified image sensors. They are looking for a team-oriented, self-driven individual with a keen technical mind and an eye for detail. You will be expected to explore new technologies and product concepts, create new products, enhance our current product lines, and stay abreast of new technologies and techniques.


  • High speed digital and analog signal design for small-signal, low-noise, low-power imaging systems.
  • PCB schematic design, device selection, simulation, analysis, and documentation.
  • Problem investigation and resolution, board bring up, debug and electronic troubleshooting.
  • Use of FPGA and other programmable digital devices and participation in FPGA coding, simulation and verification using Verilog , System Verilog and High-Level Synthesis (C based) .
  • Use and programming of microcontrollers such as Freescale Kinetis and Arm on Real Time OS.
  • Interfacing with mechanical designers to optimize packaging, manage thermal issues, and optimize performance.
  • Maintaining hardware electronics through the product cycle and development of PCBA functional test methods.


  • Working experience in circuit design, schematic capture, board level designs and validation, PCB layout and PCB manufacturing.
  • Familiarity with analog designs, simulation and implementation of Filters/Amplifiers, A/D converter operation, GBP, noise properties, dynamic range, Spice simulations.
  • Familiar with low power designs, switching regulators, power management and PWM Drive Stages.
  • Proficiency with tools such as Altium Designer, Pspice , Hyper Lynx ,
  • Experience or familiarity with OrCAD, DxDesigner, PADS , Alegro, Matlab.
  • Good understanding of design for EMI/ESD, signal Integrity, termination techniques, impedance control, isolation, noise control and DFM.
  • Experience with FPGA design and simulation in Modelsim , System Verilog and HLS  XIlinx or Altera.
  • Familiarity with synchronous/asynchronous bus, DDR and processor interfaces, synthesis, timing analysis and FPGA I/O management.
  • Familiarity with microcontrollers and C programming in Real Time OS
  • Knowledge of video interfaces and experience working with video cameras or image sensor products, video compression and video processing systems is a plus.

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