Principal Firmware Design Engineer (Hybrid), Princeton, NewJersey

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Princeton, NewJersey

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United States of America


HNJ03: ISR Systems – Princeton 330 Carter Road, Princeton, NJ, 08540 USA

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Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.

Principal Firmware Design Engineer (Hybrid)

Hybrid: Employees who are working in Hybrid roles will work regularly both onsite and offsite.  Ratio of time working onsite will be determined in partnership with your leader.

Primary Responsibilities:

Collins Aerospace – ISR Systems Princeton is looking for a highly motivated Firmware Design Engineer.  This design engineer will be a key member of a development team working with new and existing infrared camera and instrument products.  The position’s primary responsibility will be the detailed design of camera and system control firmware. This team member will participate in project planning and estimation for new proposals, architect solutions, execute the designs and verify proper operation via simulation and lab debug of the final product. The individual will participation in design reviews and work closely with hardware and software design engineers in debugging activities at the group level. They will also contribute to the design and implementation of novel image processing and other algorithms.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree (typically in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)) and a minimum of 8 years of prior relevant experience unless prohibited by local laws/regulations OR Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 5 years experience OR In absence of a degree, 12 years of relevant experience is required 
Must be a U.S. Person/Permanent Resident “Green Card” holder
Experience in developing with Intel and/or Microchip FPGAs
Strong coding skills in VHDL
Proficient in generating timing constraints to ensure designs operate reliably
Ability to derive firmware-centric requirements from customer requirements and create comprehensive verification plans
Ability to read hardware schematics and interpret device datasheets
Experience with common communications interfaces such as (Q)SPI, I2C, UART, LVDS, SERDES etc.
Knowledge of Camera/Video system interfaces such as MIPI, USB, Ethernet, Cameralink, parallel etc.
Good communications and interpersonal skills
Comfortable presenting at design reviews, both formal and informal, to all levels of management.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, plus 8 or more years of experience in developing firmware for embedded systems.
Prior hardware design experience would be helpful.
Ability to follow the flow of C/C++ software is strongly desired.
Some familiarity with Perl or Tcl scripting beneficial.
The position does not require a security clearance but the ability to obtain one is desirable.

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

Medical, dental, and vision insurance
Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees
Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option
Tuition reimbursement
Life insurance and disability coverage
Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal
Ovia Health, fertility and family planning
Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions
Redbrick – Incentives for a Healthy You
Autism Benefit
Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits
Adoption Assistance
Best Doctors, second opinion program
 And more! 

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other — propel us all higher, again and again.


Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

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