Senior Staff FPGA Firmware Design Engineer at Wisk Aero | Powderkeg

Location: Mountain View, CA

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Electrical Engineering

At Wisk, we're transforming the future of urban mobility through safe, all- electric, autonomous flight. We are a passionate team working together toward a sustainable future, solving high-impact problems that have never been solved before. By delivering everyday flight for everyone, we're making it possible to spend less time getting there and more time being there. If you want to be part of shaping the future of mobility, then read on!

We are looking for a FPGA Firmware Design Engineer to join our team. The goal of a FPGA Firmware Design Engineer at Wisk is to ensure that all FPGA Firmware on the aircraft is designed using DO-254 processes to ensure safe flight for everyone. You will be part of the Electrical Engineering Department that develops all of the electrical hardware on the aircraft, including flight computers, high power density controllers for brushless permanent magnet motors, DC/DC converters, low voltage power distribution systems, battery management systems, servo actuators, radar sensors, and miscellaneous other power electronics and avionics systems.

What you will do:

  • Within 3 months:
  • Become part of the team, get familiar with team members and learn what they are working on
  • Learn about the aircraft electronics architecture and existing hardware and firmware.
  • Work with the firmware engineers to understand the code base, simulation environment and certification basis.

Within 6 months:

  • Work on Libero/Vivado tool to develop the prototype motor controller and the communication with the avionics subsystems.
  • Write requirements for the functions being implemented and document the conceptual design.
  • Support the FPGA Firmware Verification Engineering in validating the firmware requirements.
  • Write code following the coding guidelines and checkout the code with simulations
  • Evaluate options for improving the motor controller architecture
  • Supporting hiring to further build out the firmware team.

Within 12 months:

  • Evaluate options for improving the motor controller architecture
  • Support requirements based verification testing, analysis and documentation of firmware for DO-254 certification.
  • Write test plans, test cases and perform dry-runs followed by documenting the test reports (automation is preferred)
  • Perform code reviews
  • Support and own part of motor controller firmware verification testing on target hardware

What you have done:

  • B.S. in a relevant engineering discipline with at least 6 years of experience with the tasks listed above (M.S or PhD count towards years of experience)
  • Experience with VHDL/Verilog/System Verilog and Hardware testing using scripting languages
  • Experience in at least one complete life cycle of FPGA development on a Design Assurance Level (DAL) - A/B.


  • Experience with Motor controller designs
  • Experience using the Xilinx and Actel FPGAs
  • Knowledge of Python language for test script development

Who you are:

  • You are a highly motivated, self starting individual with a broad set of skills and never afraid of facing complex technical challenges
  • You are a solution oriented individual with a strong analytical mindset
  • You have strong communication skills and can easily tailor your communications to suit the audience
  • You can adapt quickly or propose changes needed to achieve early results in a timely fashion
  • You embrace challenges and take commitments and deliver results within reasonable expectations
  • You are a positive team player

We are located in Mountain View just a couple of hundred feet from Shoreline Lake and its surrounding walking/jogging trails. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), alternative work schedule (9/80), flexible time off, 10 company holidays, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), commuter assistance, and education assistance. And on top of all that, we also offer a variety of perks such as free catered lunches, flight lessons, gym membership subsidies, snacks, drinks, fruits, employee referral bonus, charitable giving match, patent bonus program, happy hours and many more.

In order to protect the health and safety of all Wisk employees in the workplace, we are requiring that all employees receive an FDA-authorized vaccination against COVID-19 prior to physically returning to Wisk’s U.S. offices. Exceptions/accommodations are considered for employees with disabilities or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices that prevent them from being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Wisk Aero provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wisk Aero abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Wisk Aero is an E-Verify employer.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Senior Staff FPGA Firmware Design Engineer
  • Company
    Wisk Aero
  • Location
    Mountain View, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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