Subsystem Summary:

The Communications (COMMS) subsystem is responsible to reliably transfer the largest possible volume of scientific and diagnostic data between the satellite and the Earth, by developing the necessary On-Board and Ground Station hardware and software. COMMS is also in charge of performing system-level electromagnetic analyses on AcubeSAT. In that context, our members are occupied with

  • RF front-end design
  • FPGA programming
  • Antenna design, construction and testing
  • Studying and implementing communication protocols
  • Digital signal processing
  • Electromagnetic compatibility

among others.

Position Description:

As an FPGA Engineer you will learn and apply digital hardware design for FPGAs, combined with digital signal processing.

Required Skills:

Given the nature of the subsystem’s work and the multidisciplinarity of the team, the skills that are more sought after are:

  • Ability to work in a group and independently
  • Capable of analytical thinking and researching new fields
  • Eagerness of taking initiative
  • Good English written and oral skills

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of Hardware Description Languages (mainly Verilog and VHDL)
  • Knowledge of programming languages (mainly C/C++)
  • Understanding of communication protocols and interfaces (SPI, AXI, USB)
  • Basic knowledge of digital design and electronics

Any of the following skills are not a prerequisite, but would be nice for an FPGA Engineer to have:

  • Experience with Xilinx Design Tools and technology ecosystem (mainly IP cores and interfaces)
  • Experience with FPGA design, design verification and IP integration
  • Experience with digital electronics
  • Experience with Digital Signal Processing
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