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Staff Engineer, FPGA

Location: College Park, Maryland

Team: Controls

Type: Full-Time

IonQ is developing the world's most powerful full-stack quantum computer based on trapped-ion technology. We are pushing past the limits of classical physics and current supercomputing technology to unlock a new era of computing. Quantum computing has the potential to impact every area of human society for the better. IonQ’s computers will soon redefine industries like medicine, materials science, finance, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptography, and more. IonQ is at the forefront of this technological revolution.


We are looking for an FPGA Engineer. As a FPGA Engineer, you’ll be part of a cross-functional team whose mission is to lead IonQ on its journey to build the world’s best quantum computers to solve the world’s most complex problems. 


  • Design and implement FPGA based signal processing and control functions
  • Develop functional block specifications based on system level requirements
  • Perform logic design and verification using Vivado (Verilog or VHDL, IP Catalog, and Block Design)
  • Simulate signal processing and control algorithms in software
  • Implement and test firmware for high speed waveform generation and digital control loops
  • Write test procedures, perform unit and system level testing and debug, document test results

You’d be a good fit with: 

  • BS or MS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related discipline
  • 5+ years relevant work experience
  • Experience with FPGA based signal processing (FIR/IIR filters and PID control)
  • Knowledge of common peripheral interfaces such as SPI, I2C, UART, and USB
  • Use of JTAG and Integrated Logic Analyzer for in system debug
  • Proficient with signal generators, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and other complex lab equipment

You’d be a great fit with:

  • Developing embedded software in C
  • Prior experience with high speed interface design and verification including ADC/DAC (DDR and JESD204B),  DDR3/4 MIG, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet

Our HQ is located in College Park, Maryland and we are a 15 minute metro ride from Washington DC. We are actively building out teams in the Washington D.C., Seattle, and Boston metro areas and will want to locate you in one of these geographies. However, IonQ will be expanding into additional geographies both domestically and internationally so don’t let this stop you from applying.
At IonQ, we believe in fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers. We empower employees to thrive by fostering a culture of autonomy, productivity, and respect. We are dedicated to creating an environment  in which any individual can feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued.
We are committed to equity and justice. We welcome different voices and viewpoints and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, and military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
If you are interested in being a part of this team and mission, we encourage you to apply.