Embedded Systems Engineer

Job Description

ATA is seeking an experienced Embedded Systems Engineer in support to the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Advanced Technology (SVAT) contract. The engineer will be an integral member of a joint Government and contractor team that operates in a very dynamic environment. The engineer’s duties will span research and development in formulating focal plane array (FPA) characterization concepts, test system design and FPA integration, testing feasibility, designing and conducting experiments, preparation for radiation environment experiments, execution of such experiments, modeling and data analysis, performance characterization, and presenting results to customer(s). In addition, the engineer may be required to assist on other Space Vehicles Advanced Technology (SVAT) contract-related tasks as needed.

Essential Functions: 

  • - Work directly with detector and read-out integrated circuit (ROIC) electronics hardware to
      characterize focal plane array performance, to debug operational issues, and to
      radiometrically characterize devices in clear and radiation environments

  • - Work closely with team members on FPA integration into test systems, including mechanical
      interfacing, electronic board design, software development, and operational analysis

  • - Use of Interface Control Documents (ICD) and customer interaction to initiate characterization
      and validation of prototype FPA performance

  • - Use of FPGA workflow, including design, simulation, block-level verification, synthesis, timing,
      lab bench testing

  • - Embedded Software coding and supporting higher-level test software via scripts written in
      C/.net/visual basic…

  • - Develop specific metrics for test and guidance on laboratory methods to test individual system

  • - Comprehensive documentation of the following for each FPA project:

  • -- Test methodology, test plan and execution

  • -- Test system interface design and development: mechanical, electrical, FPGA, software

  • -- Presentations of radiometric and radiation-tolerance data analysis

  • - Leadership of overall technical effort as it pertains to FPA performance for operational systems

  • - Identify opportunities for internal research and development programs and lead funded projects
      to success

  • - Promote development of a strong team by participating in key aspects of individual projects and
      mentoring junior team members

  • -- Delegate by establishing clear expectations and by providing well-defined tasks with clear
      entrance/exit criteria, due dates, etc.

  • - Support Business Development activities, for example:

  • -- Support and/or lead customer interactions

  • -- Identify new opportunities with existing and/or new customers

  • -- Support the capture of new opportunities

  • -- Support proposals (e.g. lead sections involving technical area of responsibility, provide cost
      estimates, etc.)

  • - Represent ATA well with customers

  • - Perform all other duties as assigned

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Education and Experience: 

  • - Bachelor’s degree plus ~10-15 years of experience or Master’s degree plus 5 years of experience
      in Relevant Engineering or Physics from an accredited university

  • - Must to be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense Security Clearance

  • - Experience with design, development, testing, and verification of embedded hardware and
      software systems

  • - 5 years of experience developing Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) systems (Xilinx or

  • - 5 years of experience authoring VHDL or Verilog

  • - Experience with embedded system communication protocols and interfaces (i.e. interfacing with
      Ethernet, analog-to-digital converters (ADC), digital-to-analog converters (DAC), phased-lock
      loops (PLL), serializers/deserializers (SERDES), etc.)

  • - Experience in research and development and demonstrated ability to document the progress of

  • - Proven leadership experience

Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • - Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Engineering or Physics

  • - Active Department of Defense Security Clearance

  • - Experience in research and development of focal plane arrays, detector arrays, or ROICs

  • -- Design, development, characterization, and analysis of visible (CCDs, Si PINs) and infrared focal
      plane arrays

  • -- Reviewing detector and ROIC designs and layouts

  • -- Low-noise focal plane array detectors used in space-based applications

  • -- Detector performance including radiometric analysis, noise analysis, MTF analysis, radiation
      effects analysis

  • - Ability to understand and perform radiation effects testing and analysis

  • -- Total-ionizing dose (TID), Single-event Effects (SEE), and Displacement damage

  • -- Radiation environments including gamma rays, heavy ions, protons, x-rays

  • - High-speed digital circuit design

  • - Experience with FPGAs (Xilinx), VHDL/Verilog, System Verilog, Quartus, and associated
      simulation and synthesis tools

  • - Scripting and data analysis tools, such as IGOR, Matlab, OriginPro, .Net, C variants, Visual Basic

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are nominally Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Out-of-area and overnight travel occasionally (10-15%) required to remote radiation sites

Location: Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM

Relocation Available: Relocation Assistance Available

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