Wireless Communications FPGA R&D Engineer 6/27/2018

Battelle Energy Alliance Idaho Falls, ID

Idaho Falls, ID
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree



Job Title: Wireless Communications FPGA R&D Engineer
Grade: 190/210
Org: Communications & Modeling
Contact: Megan.Duba@inl.gov or Joshua.Fullmer@inl.gov
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID
***This is a multi-level posting***



Leading Nuclear Energy and Research Technology

MISSION: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

VISION: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.



Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a Wireless Communications FPGA R&D Engineer. The INL Wireless R&D group is in the process of developing a custom proprietary wireless communication system based on a novel spread spectrum technique. Initial concept has been completed with standard COTS (Commercial off the Shelf) hardware and software.

INL now wishes to move the communication system onto hardware and software that is closer to actual deployment. This system incorporates multiple communications waveforms to implement a spectrally-agile MANET network. The FPGA developer/engineer will write and install the VHDL code implementing the waveform on developmental radio platforms. The waveforms include 1) a lower-rate filter-bank multi-carrier-spread spectrum (FBMCSS) waveform that operates under the RF noise-floor, 2) a higher-rate WOLA OFDM waveform for the transport of IP traffic and 3) a spectrum sensing and analysis waveform.

The employee will collaborate with the development team to refine, and finalize the system requirements. These requirements will be based on the current platform capabilities as well as anticipated future system capabilities.


MS in Electrical or Computer Engineering with minimum 3 yrs experience or BS in Electrical or Computer Engineering with minimum 5 yrs experience with developing physical layer VHDL code.

Must be a US Citizen and have the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Clearance.

Demonstrated Ability to lead small software development teams

Experience with software estimating and methods to track team progress

Minimum 3 yrs experience with software/firmware design, development, testing

Minimum 3 yrs experience with hardware design, assembly, testing, debugging

The FPGA developer would be involved with one or more of the following:

- Implement physical layer FPGA code in VHDL for various waveforms on the Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale platform

- Integrate the various waveforms into a common FPGA load

- Conduct testing of the integrated waveforms

- Assist with performance and field testing of the system.

The FPGA engineer/developer should have working knowledge of wireless technologies including:

MANET MAC/PHY systems and waveforms. Commercial and/or defense related with an emphasis on custom development (vs developing to a published standard)

JTAG, Oscilloscopes, Function Generators, Logic Analyzer, Spectrum Analyzers

VHDL experience is essential


To be eligible for employment at INL males between ages 18 and 25 must register (or must have registered) with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see www.sss.gov.



Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

An Essential Function is a core duty required for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below will be used during the interview to help describe the job so the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations.

MOTOR ABILITIES: Lower Body: Standing-prolonged, Upper Body: Fine motor control (hands), Combined Upper/Lower body: Lifting ability- 25 lbs. max, exertion-moderate, repetitive work-intermittent.

SPECIAL SENSES: Eyes: Visually demanding work, Ears: Speech discrimination, audio alarms.

WORK CONDITIONS: Equipment: Typing/keyboard, Personnel Requirements: 8 Hrs/day, working alone.

CERTIFICATION EXAM(S): Testing designated position (TDP)



July 31, 2018 (Midnight, MST)



Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.


When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.


INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.


Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit www.visitidahofalls.com and www.visitidaho.org.


Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.



Idaho National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories. With roughly 4,000 scientists, engineers and support personnel, the lab also stands as one of Idaho’s largest employers. At INL’s three primary facility areas – the Advanced Test Reactor Complex, Materials and Fuels Complex, and Research and Education Campus – researchers perform work in support of DOE’s mission to “discover the solutions to power and secure America’s future.” More specifically, INL is the nation’s leading center of nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

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