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Job #: R-00018744
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Software Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Top Secret/SCI
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Requisition:

Computer Architecture Engineer

Job Description:

Reinvent yourself at Leidos! Uncover your potential by becoming a member of our team as our latest Computer Architecture Engineer working in San Diego, CA. Help us support the Missile Defense Agency in implementing advanced image processing algorithms in space qualified hardware. This is a highly dynamic and integrative environment in which talented and creative engineers can thrive as they interact with a diverse array of multidisciplinary engineers including image processing, optical, system, and software engineers.  We are seeking a highly motivated engineer skilled at electrical engineering.


Fun stuff on the job:
- Work with actual space hardware, including camera drive electronics, FPGA processing boards, power systems, DSP boards, PCI & VPX busses, stepper motor controllers, health and status circuits, cryocoolers, and spacecraft data interfaces

- Conduct design trades of complexity and performance between the payload’s optical front end, algorithm implementation, firmware architecture, and the software architecture. \

- Investigate potential processing architectures which may incorporate GPUs, CPUs, FPGAs, SoC, and other cutting-edge technologies.

- Participate in all phases of the effort from detailed requirements flow down, trade studies, processing architecture design, hardware selection, firmware and software development, payload integration and test, spacecraft I&T, and on-orbit support.

- Support testing, characterization, and analysis of electro-optical systems

- Collaborate with signal processing experts, software leads, and FPGA designers

- Produce reports, presentations, and participate in working groups


Skills you must have to be successful in this role:
- Bachelor's Degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering with at least 3-5 years of related experience
- Domain knowledge related to computer processing architectures, FPGA firmware development, software development, implementation of hard-real time algorithms, electronics testing, and automated testing strategies. 

- Familiarity with FPGA development tools such as Vivado and Modelsim (or similar). 

- Familiarity with hardware development tools such as OrCAD, PSim, Pspice. Experience implementing digital interfaces such as SPI, UART, I2C, USB, Ethernet, 10GbE, PCIe. 

- Ability to model system performance using Matlab or similar toolset.  Familiarity with Java, C, C++, and RTOS a plus. 

- Ability to use basic lab tools such as scopes and logic analyzers required.

- Strong analytical skills
- Motivated self-starter able to work under minimal supervision
- Strong written and verbal communication skills

- US citizenship and an active security clearance


You will wow us even more if you have these skills:

- Experience with working on spacecraft or for military payloads

- Experience implementing interfaces such as Ethernet, Spacewire, GigE Vision, and CameraLink

- Ability to assist in generating schedules

- Demonstrated technical leadership of small engineering teams

- Experience with adaptive signal processing

- Experience with embedded C and RTOS

- Have or are willing to obtain a top secret clearance


External Referral Bonus

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:

Top Secret/SCI


Yes, 25% of the time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:




Requisition Category:


Job Family:

Software Engineering


Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)


Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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