Senior Firmware Engineer

Posted 22 October by Kerr Recruitment Ltd

Senior Firmware Engineer


Permanent Full-time

£45-60K + Benefits

Kerr operating as an employment business working on behalf of our client, a Global Engineering Services provider, for their co-located team based in Edinburgh for their client, a global defence industry leader. We are seeking to appoint a Senior Firmware Engineers.

The successful candidate will be responsible for design and development of Firmware designs using VHDL and verifying designs using VHDL or System Verilog within a thriving organisation with a wide range of products such as thermal imaging systems, radar systems, radio communications, infrared detection, signal processing and network systems.

Working hours: Monday to Friday, 37 hours per week


  • Creating innovative and robust VHDL-based designs
  • Documenting and recording deliverables
  • Verifying firmware designs
  • Ensuring configuration management/keeping designs under revision control

Ideal candidate would have:

  • Degree or equivalent in Electronics Engineering or another STEM-based subject
  • At least 5 years' experience of developing firmware using VHDL or Verilog
  • Experienced with Mentor Graphics FPGA development tools including HDL Designer, ModelSim / Questa and Precision
  • Familiar with Xilinx / Intel (Altera) / Microsemi (Actel) ISE design flow and third-party synthesis tools
  • Ability to analyse system and / or hardware level requirements and derive detailed Firmware requirements
  • De-bugging firmware designs and supporting integration & verification at hardware and system level
  • A good understanding of firmware version control and revision control software
  • Ability to coordinate day to day technical activities, liaising closely with the Project Engineering Lead / Lead firmware engineer & other disciplines
  • Experience in writing technical reports/ documentation


  • Development of real-time, embedded, safety-critical firmware, preferably in accordance with RTCA/DO-254 DAL A or B
  • Experience of firmware requirements capture and requirements management tools
  • Relevant experience in the Aerospace or Defence industry
  • Experience of embedded processor cores (e.g. ARM) in FPGA designs
  • Independent verification using VHDL or SystemVerilog / UVM

UK citizenship is mandatory to be able to clear the background checks and obtain unrestricted SC clearance. Current valid SC clearance would be an advantage.

Closing Date: 30/11/2020

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Application questions

Are you experienced with Mentor Graphics FPGA development tools?
Are you familiar with Xilinx / Intel Altera / Microsemi Actel ISE design flow?

Reference: 41232125

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