Principal Hardware Design Engineer

  • Job Reference: N6467-22S
  • Date Posted: 14 October 2021
  • Recruiter: Gregory-Martin International
  • Location: Stevenage / Remote Working
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £55,000 to £75,000
  • Sector: I.T. & Communications
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Sue Allen
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01252 710215

Job Description

Principal Hardware Design Engineer


Our client is looking for a Principal Hardware Design Engineer to support their wireless test product range.  Our client make test systems that support their customers in developing the latest 5G base stations. The successful candidate needs to have strong FPGA experience and high speed design experience. This role is based in Stevenage but with some flexibility of home working. A very competitive salary is offered for the role of Principal Hardware Design Engineer plus bonus and excellent benefits.


Principal Hardware Design Engineer Key Responsibilities include:

  • Participating in the requirements analysis and design of test and measurement products and sub-modules
  • Design of digital electronics hardware to the component level
  • Design of FPGA hardware (generally using Xilinx FPGAs)
  • Development and debug of FPGA VHDL code
  • Design, testing and validation of high-speed serial interfaces such as PCIe,     Aurora, sRIO, JESD
  • Design of interfaces and control blocks for HW components such as  ADC, DAC, I2C, SPI devices, PROMs, SDRAM and storage devices
  • Design of supporting electronic circuitry such as power conditioning, clocking, data conversion
  • Development of PCBs, including schematic entry, working with PCB designers and mechanical engineers
  • Design and signal integrity analysis of high-speed digital tracks, transitions and interconnects
  • Participating in the investigation of new technologies and techniques
  • Supporting the introduction of new designs into production


As Principal Hardware Design Engineer your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

  • Degree in Electronics or an associated discipline
  • Experience in developing high speed digital electronic PCBs - Experience in developing FPGA Hardware and VHDL code, ideally on Xilinx FPGAs
  • Knowledge of timing closure of control logic and interfaces to HW devices
  • Experience with modern high-speed serial interfaces (highly desirable) including physical design of PCB tracking and analysis of signal integrity using tools such as Cadence Sigrity.
  • PCB and schematic development
  • Good general electronics design skills and be able to apply them to the design of supporting circuitry such as power supply blocks, interface logic and basic analogue circuitry such as interfaces to data converters
  • Knowledge of thermal considerations relating to such designs
  • Experience in testing and validating modules, PCBs and FPGA designs against product and design requirements
  • Development of FPGA processing blocks to perform DSP and communication functions is desirable, including the use of MATLAB models for validation. A good understanding of such DSP techniques and of the associated 3G, 4G and 5G telecommunications technologies and standards would be preferred
  • Experience with embedded processor hardware would be preferred
  • Programming skills (e.g. C# or C++) would be preferred
  • Experience with developing and debugging PCIe cards in PCs and servers is desirable 
  • Experience with associated driver software and Linux would be preferred
  • Strong collaboration and team working skills, including cross-functionally, with the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships across all levels 
  • Ability to influence senior stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • The ability to work within multiple and/or complex projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment 
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective relationships across the business
  • Ability to mentor and coach the same or junior levels
  • Ability to solve complex issues using in depth evaluation methods and techniques
  • Contributes to strategic decision-making


 Keywords:  Hardware Design Engineer, FPGA, 5G, high speed design, C++, C#


Principal Hardware Design Engineer

Location:  Stevenage, Hertfordshire / some home working

Salary:  competitive plus bonus