Alpha Insights Job Board

Sr. FPGA/Embedded Systems Engineer
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada



The Alpha Insights team is building the world's premier space-based and super-high-res, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite technology. Our mission is to pair Alpha's SAR-XL technology with a predictive analytics platform—delivering unprecedented global insights for precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, supply chain tracking, security, and more.


Alpha Insights' next-generation SAR satellite technology is designed to provide broad coverage and ultra-high-resolution data that can penetrate biomass, soil, and sand. This dual, X and L band, SAR features real-time processing and space-based AI for use in diverse applications—everything from farming to market research.

Position Overview

The Sr. FPGA/Embedded Systems Engineer will be responsible for the design and development of high-speed digital embedded systems at the heart of Alpha Insights’ next generation of remote sensing synthetic aperture radar satellites. Alpha Insights has a successful track record in leveraging the latest COTs devices for space applications.

The FPGA/embedded system engineer will

  • Design and develop high-speed digital embedded electronics systems using the latest FPGA and highspeed ADC and DAC technologies
  • Implement high speed VHDL IP blocks for Space based SAR 
  • Participate in all aspects of the project life cycle (requirements, design, development, testing, release, and maintenance).
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary technical team, participating in defining the overall payload and how the embedded electronics interface with the larger system


  • Electronics design of high-speed digital circuits: schematic capture, PCB layout supervision
  • Firmware design and implementation using VHDL
  • Experience with latest FPGAs, microprocessors, soft microprocessors, System-on-Chips, including Xilinx Virtex/Zynq Ultrascale+, Microsemi SmartFusion2/PolarFire FPGA SoC
  • Experience with radar/sonar systems development
  • Experience with GHz class ADCs and DACs
  • Embedded software development: C, C++, RTOS

Additional Skills

  • Implementation of high-speed digital interfaces such as Xilinx Aurora
  • Mechanical and thermal design of space electronics units
  • Effects of ionizing radiation on integrated electronics. Radiation testing and mitigation techniques
  • Phased array systems, preferably synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems and techniques
  • Supervising the subcontract manufacturing of high-speed circuit boards and electronics assemblies


  • 10+ years’ experience in digital signal processing, high speed digital design (500MHz and above)
  • B.Sc. or higher in electrical or electronic engineering
  • Radar experience is highly preferred
  • Experience with designing for space applications

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