Rockwell Collins Principal Electrical Engineer- FPGA Design in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Requisition ID: 13778

Want to work with some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet? Do you value relationships, commitment, innovation and integrity? Want to be a part of a company that has been named numerous times as America's Best Employer in Aerospace and Defense by Forbes magazine?

Then Rockwell Collins is the place for you. Join our team and build a rewarding career while helping to deliver the most trusted source of aviation and high-integrity solutions in the world.

We are currently searching for a Principal Electrical Engineer- FPGA Design to join our team in Cedar Rapids, IA (1000). A comprehensive relocation package is available for qualified candidates. Employing some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet is not by chance. People from all over the globe choose Rockwell Collins as the place to build a rewarding career, while helping create and deliver communications, integration, and engineering solutions that our global customers demand so that our world keeps moving and stays connected. It's an exciting time to become a part of our team. Join us and discover how high your career can soar at Rockwell Collins.

Job Summary

Are you ready to be a part of a design race pursuing novel state of the art software defined radio technology? We are looking for an energetic, highly skilled engineer to share in the shaping of our next generation products.

Our goal is to create technologies that allow Rockwell Collins to differentiate our products from the competitors’ and create new market opportunities through innovation. That means we need to take risks that, if successful, could lead to large reward. We’re presently creating state-of-the-art electronics, including: phased array SATCOM terminals that provide global internet connectivity, multifunction reconfigurable RF front-ends, and modular UAV radios for communication, radar, and electronic warfare.

The advanced radio technology department is responsible for tasks related to the research and development of advanced radio technologies for both commercial and military markets.

This exciting principal level position requires a background in FPGA design, including experience with verification. Successful applicants will collaborate in the development of new chip designs — carrying ideas from concept and planning through design, test, and release. Additionally, this position involves collaboration with program management, our talented multidisciplinary team, and internal/external customers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design cutting edge software defined radio for FPGAs and ASICs for our commercial and military customers (includes updates and clean sheet designs)

  • Define requirements for new designs and develop requirements specification

  • Perform architectural design-including block diagram, trade off studies and design reviews

  • Perform detailed design-including implementation in VHDL, design analysis, and design reviews

  • Push the boundaries by introducing machine learning into FPGA processors

  • Support board level FPGA design & integration, including directing or performing PCB layout

  • Perform FPGA design verification tasks

  • Participate in project retrospectives and assist in continuous process and workflow improvements

  • Participate in collaborative efforts to creatively solve problems in innovative ways

  • Create presentations explaining the approach and relevance to the design

  • Present technology concepts to customers/subcontractors in support of funding pursuits

  • Support external funding pursuits through proposal writing and/or customer meetings

  • Assists in the strategic technical planning including development of technology roadmaps and project concepts in alignment with business unit goals

  • Lead project teams (8-10 individuals)

  • Oversee efforts of and train less experienced designers

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline. Advanced degree is desired, but not required.

  • Applicants must have or be able to obtain a United States Department of Defense clearance.

Key Competencies:


  • Demonstrated ability to design, layout, and analyze using Digital FPGA tools such as Vivado, Embedded Development Suite, or others

  • Ability to use timing diagrams for design and verification

  • Ability to create and use synchronous and asynchronous state machines

  • Familiarity with Xilinx and Intel Altera architectures/components

  • Must be able to complete meaningful work in the absence of complete specifications and help create digital architectures for RF system requirements as a work in progress

  • Experience with test plans

  • Demonstrates technical knowledge/expertise in multiple technologies

  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot problems while integrating components or subassemblies

  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills, and data-driven decision-making

  • Excellent verbal/written communication and teamwork skills

  • Experience in identifying, communicating, and mitigating risks

  • Knowledgeable of industry trends within his/her domain

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a creative, as well as practical problem solving environment


  • System Verilog

  • Strong interest in machine learning

  • Experience in Tensor Flow, Python

  • Experience with embedded microcontroller and/or microprocessors

  • Process Control – Requirements capture

  • Demonstrated ability to do own PCB layout using CR-5000 or other drafting tool

  • Experience in integrating digital components with RF components/assemblies including filters, low-noise amplifiers, mixers, power amplifiers, power regulators/converters, switches, frequency synthesizers

  • Demonstrated ability to apply digital modulation, coding, and error correction

  • Bid & proposal resulting in successful capture of funding

  • Experience with environmental effects testing

Working Conditions: This position requires domestic travel up to 5% of the time. Work hours are typically Monday-Friday with very occasional weekends required. Work can take place in an office environment and microelectronics laboratory.

Supervision: The Principal Electrical Engineer does not have direct reports, but will direct work activities for supporting technicians, drafting, and project support staff. They will work collaboratively with component designers and other multi-disciplinary engineers. The Principal Electrical Engineer is led by the Engineering Manager for RF Systems who is led by the Director for Advanced Radio Systems.

Physical Demands: This position does not require physically strenuous activities such as lifting, carrying pushing, or pulling.

Relation to Other Jobs: The Principal Electrical Engineer will work with a team of other engineers and technicians. They also must collaborate with internal and external customers, peer engineers, finance, and leadership.

At Rockwell Collins, we believe a solid work-life balance creates a healthy lifestyle and inspires creativity and innovation. We value our people and invest in their development, growth and success at our company by providing development opportunities through Rockwell Collins University, networking, mentoring, and tuition reimbursement.

And that's just for starters.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

  • Company-paid winter holiday shutdown for most locations

  • Generous 401(k) plan that matches 62.5 percent of the first 8 percent of eligible compensation you contribute (or 5 percent if you save 8 percent)

  • An Incentive Pay Plan based upon company performance

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • And more

Interested yet? Apply now and embark on your next worthwhile adventure!

Rockwell Collins is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.