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FPGA/DSP Engineer - Space Systems

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Guildford, United Kingdom
Closing date
1 Jul 2023

Job Details

Location(s): UK, Europe & Africa : UK : Guildford || UK, Europe & Africa : UK : Great Baddow

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

We develop world-class RF and data systems and we are expanding our teams in areas including space systems and C5ISR with a common requirement for electronic engineering.

We need skilled, enthusiastic and motivated people at all experience levels from early careers to seasoned professional to deliver these exciting new capabilities.

Our Wireless group provides consultancy-led engineering services to national security and defence customers. Solving our clients’ problems often requires us to produce novel high-performance solutions, comprising of cutting-edge software and hardware technologies.

What you will be doing... (Role Duties and Responsibilities)

In this role you will:
We design and deliver high-performance radio and data processing systems, generating the most interesting and complex radio design challenges. Whether it’s the most sensitive radio receivers, designing for very low SWaP environments or implementing innovative DSP algorithms, we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver. Depending on your experience level, you might use your skills and experience to lead teams of engineers to design, implement, set to work and deliver radio application designs. Or, as an early-years professional, you might develop your DSP skills as part of a dynamic and skilled engineering team, working towards taking on ever-greater project responsibility.

You will work on a wide variety of state-of-the-art radio application designs on our world-class SDR platforms, from concept and modelling in environments such as MATLAB before implementation in VHDL and C/C++.

What we are looking for... (Skills and Experience)

We are looking for ambitious, high-calibre people with the following characteristics:


• Highly motivated with a strong academic background typically in Engineering, Physics or Mathematics. A Levels typically AA in Maths and Physics. PhD applicants also encouraged.
• Experience in radio communications and Digital Signal Processing techniques
• Fluent in MATLAB
• Working knowledge of one or more programming languages, for example C, C++, Python, Linux programming, VHDL, Verilog
• Proven problem-solving / fault-finding skills
• Excellent team working abilities
• Ability to learn quickly


• Experience of FPGA development (e.g. VHDL, Verilog, ModelSim, vendor toolchains)
• A keen interest in the space sector and awareness of latest industry developments
• Experience of developing for space applications
• Broad interest in wireless technology, embedded systems and awareness of latest industry developments
• Understanding of digital and/or analogue hardware design with some hands-on laboratory experience of debug/set-to-work

Further Information

Occasional travel may be required in this role to visit customer sites for demonstrations, installations, handovers or reviews.

An SC level security clearance is required for this role, and candidates should already have, or be capable of obtaining UK SC clearance.

Life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day.

By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance well-being.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds - the best and brightest minds - can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential.

Division overview: Capabilities

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Capabilities is the engine that keeps the business moving forward. It is the largest area of Digital Intelligence, containing our Engineering, Consulting and Project Management teams that design and implement the defence solutions and digital transformation projects that make us a globally recognised brand in both the public and private sector.

As a member of the Capabilities team, you will be creating and managing the solutions that earn us our place in an ever changing digital world. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours.


BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to more than 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. With a rich heritage in helping to defend nations and businesses from advanced threats, we work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data. We use the latest technologies, best practices and processes – combined with expertise gained from over forty years of application – to empower customers to detect and defend against the latest threats, transform their organisations, and secure their communications across multiple domains.

Everything we do creates a safer future. In a new age of cyber threats, our people have a shared vision to protect the connected world, to create and deliver intelligent global solutions across a dynamic technological landscape.  

The nature of our business means that we’re constantly looking for the very best people to fulfil our ambitions, and help you realise yours.

We’ve built a place that supports the changing needs of our multi-cultural, diverse, global workforce and we believe everyone can make a difference.

Careers webpage: Careers | BAE Systems






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