FPGA Design Engineer

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ABOUT OQC

At Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) we are building quantum computers to enable life-changing discoveries : from new drug modelisation to longer-lasting battery technology and portfolio optimisation. We are developing a cloud based quantum computer service – Quantum Computing as a Service (QCaaS) – to help our customers improve their operations and trailblaze new commercial and scientific approaches. 

Our team is composed of 15 people with various backgrounds in quantum physics, nanotechnologies, hardware, and software. We are all bound by the desire to put OQC at the forefront of the quantum revolution and build a technology with practical applications in mind.

ROLE OVERVIEW

The FPGA plays an integral role in the control of our quantum computer. It is both the source and destination of the microwave pulses used to control and readout our qubits, and acts as both a pulse sequencer and a waveform digitizer. At OQC we are looking to develop our in-house solution further to increase our capabilities. As an FPGA engineer you will work within a team of highly qualified engineers on the design and implementation of our digital signal chain in which the pulses are generated, modified and captured.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • FPGA IP Design using VHDL or Verilog
  • Verification and hardware testing
  • Ensuring designs meet requirements (timing, utilisation, power)
  • Python driver and test-case development
  • Documenting design ideas, specifications and test results
  • Managing tasks through to completion

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in engineering or similar
  • 3+ years of commercial FPGA design and development experience
  • Proven track record of IP design and verification using HDLs, preferably Verilog
  • Proficiency with Vivado (scripting flow, defining constraints, build analysis) 
  • Experience in the design and implementation of DSP for FPGA
  • Strong design, debug, and troubleshooting skills with solid hands-on experience using chipscope, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers and other test equipment
  • Creative mindset for developing solutions to unique and challenging problems 
  • Technically versatile and able to learn new skills that you can apply across multiple types of work
  • A willingness to take on other roles and responsibilities for the greater good of the team.

Desirable

  • Appreciation and understanding of RF engineering 
  • Experience in PCB design, debug and bring-up
  • Prior experience working in a start-up or small team environment

LOCATION & TRAVEL

OQC’s office is located in Shinfield, Reading. There will be a requirement for occasional travel throughout the UK and elsewhere abroad for conferences, meetings and engineering visits.

REMUNERATION 

Attractive remuneration based on experience.

 

APPLY NOW

Send us a cover letter and resume at careers@oxfordquantumcircuits.com

As we will spend time reviewing your application and assessing the cultural and experience fit, we kindly ask that you send clear information about your main strengths and weaknesses for the role. Applications without a cover letter or an annotated version of this role description with your experience, strengths and weaknesses will not be considered.

We look forward to hearing from you.

About Oxford Quantum Circuits

At OQC we are not just hoping you’ll fit in our culture. We aspire to thrive, as a company and as people, thanks to your diversity of thought and background. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to providing our team members with a work environment free from discrimination, where everyone is treated with respect. Our employment decisions are based on business needs, talent and merit and all our colleagues share in the responsibility for fulfilling our commitment to diversity. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, or if you think we can do better with our recruitment process, please contact us at careers@oxfordquantumcircuits.com

We’d love to hear from you!