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FPGA Engineer - Submarines

Rolls-Royce plc
Glasgow or Derby
Dependant on Experience
Closing date
10 Jan 2024

Job Details

Field-programmable gate array ( FPGA) Engineers

Full Time,

Derby, Raynesway.

Why Rolls-Royce?

Our submarines business is responsible for the design, manufacture, supply and through-life support of nuclear propulsion-related products and systems in support of the Royal Navy's submarine fleet. You can find out more about the amazing projects that we are working on here:-

Join us and we’ll provide an environment where you can be yourself. An inclusive, digital-first culture that invests in you, gives you a platform for continuous learning, and access to an incredible breadth and depth of opportunities to grow your career.

A role within Submarines will offer you the opportunity to work across all phases of the product life cycle, solving technical challenges across a wide range of digital, software, programmable hardware and electronics technologies, systems, and applications. You will be able to build the career you desire as an engineer, technical specialist, or technical leader. We want you to maximise your potential and will support your technical development through coaching, experience, and training. This will include professional mentoring to start your journey towards becoming a chartered engineer or to continue your professional development.

You will be encouraged to bring in fresh ideas and generate creative ways of working to make a stepped improvement in our effectiveness, allowing you to make an impact in delivering programmes that are strategically important to the nation.

You will work within our safety critical FPGA development team across all phases of the design lifecycle from requirements elicitation through to equipment testing.  The team uses agile SCRUM methods to develop high integrity FPGA based applications adopting the latest state-of-the-art toolsets. The applications you will be involved in are leading-edge solutions addressing the challenges of meeting the highest safety integrity requirements.

Within the team there are opportunities to develop your career in technical management, team leadership or as a technical specialist.

The team offers the opportunity to become an expert in the use of state-of-the-art toolsets.

Training will be provided where required to equip you with the skills necessary to develop requirements, architectures, designs, HDL code, associated tests and supporting infrastructure for  applications essential for the protection and monitoring of a nuclear propulsion plant.

We offer excellent development, a competitive salary and exceptional benefits. These include bonus, employee support assistance and employee discounts.

Your needs are as unique as you are. We encourage flexible working arrangements and support hybrid working wherever possible, so you can always be at your best - wherever and whenever you work.

What you’ll be doing:

You will follow a safety critical development lifecycle to:

  • Develop requirements, from equipment to implementation level, for FPGA based designs
  • Develop and Verify VHDL code
  • Support hardware-based testing of your designs
  • Author and review design documentation
  • You will liaise with Software, Hardware, Systems and Verification teams to ensure customer expectations are met effectively and efficiently
  • You will contribute to the continuing improvement of the development processes and product quality

Who we are looking for:

At Rolls-Royce we embrace agility, are bold, pursue collaboration and seek simplicity in everything we do.  These principles form our values and behaviours and are an essential component of our assessment process and are fundamental qualities that we seek for all roles.

  • Be qualified to Degree level (or equivalent experience) in Electronics Engineering, Computer Science, or related discipline
  • Be experienced in designing and verifying designs expressed using VHDL
  • Have the ability to provide clear, concise and accurate technical reports

Experience of the following, whilst not essential, would be beneficial:

  • Languages:
    • SystemVerilog
    • TCL
    • Python
  • Tools:
    • Siemens - QuestaSim / ModelSim
    • Siemens - Questa PropCheck
    • Siemens - FormalPro
    • Synopsys - Synplify Pro
    • IBM® Engineering Requirements DOORS
    • Azure DevOps
    • Git
  • Standards, Frameworks and Techniques
    • Knowledge and experience of safety standards such as IEC 61513, IEC 62566, IEC 26262, DO‑254
    • UVM
    • Constrained Random Testing
    • Formal Verification

We’re an equal opportunities employer. We’re committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive working environment. We believe that people from different backgrounds and cultures give us different perspectives. And the more perspectives we have, the more successful we’ll be. By building a culture of respect and appreciation, we give everyone who works here the opportunity to realise their full potential.

You can learn more about our global inclusion strategy at

To work for Rolls-Royce Submarines you need to hold a Security Check (SC) clearance without any caveats to that clearance. Rolls-Royce will support the application for Security Clearance if you don’t currently already have this in place. Due to the nature of work the business conducts and the protection of certain assets, you must hold a UK nationality. Any dual nationals will require additional scrutiny and background checks prior to commencing work with RRSL.


Working for us

Our people are our power. Their pride in what Rolls-Royce has achieved, their commitment to delivering excellence to our customers, and their vision of what we can achieve in the future are all fundamental to our continued success.

The relentless innovation of the Group's products makes it imperative that we have the best workforce in the business. To ensure this, we seek to create a diverse and inclusive working environment that attracts and retains talented people, enhances flexibility and motivation, and encourages involvement in the ongoing success of our company. We are also committed to developing our people's skills through a range of world-class training programmes, and to encouraging a wider interest in science and engineering.

Rolls-Royce currently employs over 55,000 people in more than 50 countries around the world. And with our growing order book, those numbers are set to increase as well.

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