Sr. Staff FPGA Engineer

Job Posted 7/9/2024
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
5731 W. Las Positas Blvd
Hercules, CA 94547
United States
Category BioTech
Job Description

We are looking for a talented and passionate Senior FPGA Design Engineer to be part of an exciting team. You will have an enormous opportunity to make a large impact on the design, architecture, and implementation of cutting- edge scientific products used for scientific discovery. We provide innovative products that expand the research and diagnostic capabilities of our customers by delivering simple, affordable solutions. You'll work in Electrical Engineering Group and collaborate with software developers, systems engineers, product managers, scientists, technical program managers, and other engineering teams. You'll create extendable design and easy to maintain solutions with the long-term vision in mind.

How You’ll Make An Impact: 

  • Design, develop, and test FPGA based systems, used to control scientific instruments. 

  • Development of new features for scientific embedded systems. 

  • Investigate, prototype, and deliver new and innovative system solutions. 

  • Work with electrical, mechanical, software and system engineers to develop the requirements. 

  • Participate in design reviews, and documentation. 

  • Deliver investigation plans and reports, architectural documents, design specs, and FPGA source code, build scripts. 

  • Perform tasks including debug, bring-up, Beta and production FPGA development. 

  • Collaborate with both software and hardware product teams.

What You Bring: 


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Electrical Engineering or related field 

  • 5+ years of experience as an FPGA design engineer 

  • Proficient in at least one design language (Verilog or VHDL). Proficiency in both languages is a plus. 

  • Timing Analysis, including timing delays along the paths in your design and comparing them against the specified timing constraints, creating accurate timing constraints is essential, establishing timing exceptions where necessary, validating constraints at each stage of the design flow. Use of Validation Tools like Vivado’s report_timing_summary, check_timing, and report_clocks to validate your constraints. 

  • Experience in Place and Route (P&R) Timing Closure: Achieving timing closure involves iterative steps, incremental design, setting up constraints and identify issues such as clock domain crossing. Optimize placement, routing, and physical design for performance and resource utilization in a highly complex FPGA design 

  • Successful tracks in delivered products with high speed ADC interfaces such as LVDS, JESD204, ensure proper impedance matching, signal integrity, and noise immunity. 

  • Experience in one or more of these areas: cameras, sensors, motor control, ADC/DAC, I2C, RS485, LVDS, Ethernet, SPI communication protocols. 

  • System level integration experience. 

  • Board brings up experience. 

  • Ability to understand, debug and work with Schematics. 


  • Strong debugging/troubleshooting and problem-solving skills of embedded systems 

  • Experience with Quartus software and Altera/Intel Stratix and MAX family FPGA 

  • Knowledge in serial interface protocols like I2C, SPI 

  • Experience with motion control, LASER, PMT, pumps, valves, liquid handling, and other sensors.

  • Experience in writing embedded firmware for Microcontrollers and C/C++ programming.

Total Rewards Package: At Bio-Rad, we’re empowered by our purpose and recognize that our employees are as well. That’s why we offer a competitive and comprehensive Total Rewards Program that provides value, quality, and inclusivity while satisfying the diverse needs of our evolving workforce. Bio-Rad's robust offerings serve to enrich the overall health, wealth, and wellbeing of our employees and their families through the various stages of an employee’s work and life cycle.


Benefits: We’re proud to offer a variety of options, including competitive medical plans for you and your family, free HSA funds, a new fertility offering with stipend, group life and disability,  paid parental leave, 401k plus profit sharing, an employee stock purchase program, a new upgraded and streamlined mental health platform, extensive learning and development opportunities, education benefits, student debt relief program, pet insurance, wellness challenges and support, paid time off, Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s), and more! 


Compensation: The estimated base salary range for this position is $149,000 to $204,800 at the time of posting. Actual compensation will be provided in writing at the time of offer, if applicable, and is based on several factors we believe fairly and accurately impact compensation, including geographic location, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other job permitted factors. This position is eligible for a variable annual bonus, which is dependent upon achievement of your individual objectives and Company performance.


Who We Are: For 70 years, Bio-Rad has focused on advancing the discovery process and transforming the fields of science and healthcare. As one of the top five life science companies, we are a global leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a broad range of high-quality research and clinical diagnostic products. We help people everywhere live longer, healthier lives. Recently voted a Best Place to Work, Bio-Rad offers a unique employee experience with collaborative teams that span the globe. Here, you are supported by leadership to build your career and are empowered to drive change that makes an impact you can see.  


EEO Statement: Bio-Rad is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and we welcome candidates of all backgrounds. Veterans, people with physical or mental disabilities, and people of all race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin and citizenship status are encouraged to apply.


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