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Principal FPGA Engineer

Req ID:  6365


Workplace Flexibility: Hybrid

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Olympus, a leading medical technology company, has focused on making people’s lives better for over 100 years.

Our Purpose is to make people’s lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling.


Our Core Values are reflected in all we do: Integrity – Empathy – Agility – Unity – Long-Term View


We deliver on our purpose and our core values by staying True to Life.

Job Description

The Principal FPGA Engineer is responsible for performing and/or leading all aspects of FPGA development for medical devices at Olympus including; technical planning, development of design inputs, design implementation ,configuration management, working with 3rd party developers to ensure their designs meet the Olympus quality standards, ensuring that FPGA development aligns to internal SOPs, and working across departments to resolve issues. In particular, it will be the responsibility of the Principal FPGA Engineer to ensure well defined product and performance specifications for the FPGA are defined and mapped to applicable and appropriate test cases and ensure all efforts are completed on schedule, while proactively mitigating potential issues, to enable the timely launch of high quality / reliable products. He or she must fully understand medical device design control requirements and be able to provide effective technical leadership to product development efforts and team members, negotiate strategies with cross-functional leaders, and work collaboratively across the organization.


The Principal FPGA Engineer will serve as an extended team member on development projects. As the Principal FPGA Engineer will heavily contribute to Design History Files, maintaining detailed documentation throughout all phases of research and development is essential.

Job Duties

  • Provides FPGA leadership on product development projects and/or technology development efforts.
  • Accountable for all aspects of FPGA development activities and associated Design History Files, such as; requirements creation and documentation, architecture and design documents, code generation, configuration management, compliance with coding standards, FPGA verification and validation strategies, code reviews, etc..
  • Capable of leading & developing all FPGA deliverables required to document a product design and establish compliance with Design Inputs with appropriate specificity and quality.
  • Develops engineering solutions and innovations, collaborates with Olympus IP Attorneys as needed.
  • Ideates, evaluates, and directs team towards preferred design options which will meet product/performance requirements, cost targets, and manufacturability requirements.
  • Maintains a deep understanding of IEC 62304.
  • Partners with the electrical engineers on the selection of the FPGA, FPGA power requirements, and pin assignments.
  • Works closely with the test engineering team to ensure testability of the code/product.
  • Ensures user requirements are thoroughly traced to test cases where applicable.
  • Manages / directs internal and external design partners, suppliers and manufacturers as needed.
  • Provides regular updates to engineering and marketing leadership on product status and advancement.
  • Supports engineering leadership as required.
  • All additional duties as directed.

Job Qualifications



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering.
  • Minimum years of related experience: 9 years with BS or 8 years with MS
  • Established track record of leading FPGA developments from concept to launch.
  • Experience with Hard IP / SoC FPGA elements such as: PCIe Cores, Math Blocks, CPUs, etc
  • Experience with Soft IP FPGA elements such as: CPUs, PHY’s, Comm Blocks, etc
  • Experience in a Safety Critical or Functional Safety Real Time Embedded Electronics Industry such as: Aerospace, Military, Medical, Automotive, Industrial / Energy / Nuclear, Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Experience with Safety Critical or Functional Safety industry standards such as: ARP-4754A, DO-254A, DO-178B, DO-178C, IEC 62304, IEC 62368, IEC 61508, ISO 26262.
  • Capable of leading & developing all Design Control deliverables required to document an FPGA design and establish compliance with Design Inputs with appropriate specificity and quality.
  • Capable of working with other engineers in defining the architecture for embedded systems in capital products used in various medical procedures.
  • Ability to effectively work within a requirements management system, such as Doors, JAMA, etc and perform FPGA risk analyses and FPGA DFMEAs.




  • Verilog (preferred) or VHDL proficiency.
  • Experienced in solving challenging and/or ambiguous engineering problems with scientific logic and problem-solving skills. Ability to communicate complex technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Experienced in applying good judgement and making timely decisions while considerate of technical/business risks in a variety of situations.
  • Must be able to collaborate effectively with others, work well within cross-functional teams and across multiple sites, as applicable.
  • Must have a positive attitude and capable of motivating teams / team members to accomplish efforts in a timely manner and with high quality


** The anticipated compensation range for this position is $110,000 to $154,000 USD annually and the compensation offered will depend on the candidate’s qualifications.




Why join Olympus?

Here, people matter—our health, our happiness, and our lives.

  • Competitive salaries, annual bonus and 401(k)* with company match
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Visions coverage effective on start date
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program
  • Free virtual live and on-demand wellness classes
  • Work-life balance supportive culture with hybrid and remote roles
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Educational Assistance
  • Parental Leave and Adoption Assistance
  • Volunteering and charitable donation match programs
  • Diversity & Inclusion Programs including Colleague Affinity Networks
  • On-Site Child Daycare, Café, Fitness Center**

*US Only

**Limited locations


We care about your health and financial well-being and offer the resources you need to feel vital, confident and ready for wherever life takes you. Learn more about our benefit offerings at

About us:

Our Medical business uses innovative capabilities in medical technology, therapeutic intervention, and precision manufacturing to help healthcare professionals deliver diagnostic, therapeutic, and minimally invasive procedures to improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of life for patients and their safety.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Olympus employs more than 31,000 employees worldwide in nearly 40 countries and regions. Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs more than 5,200 employees throughout locations in North and South America.  For more information, visit


Olympus is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace

We recognize diversity in people, views and lifestyle choices and emphasize the importance of inclusion and mutual respect. We strive to continue to foster empathy and unity in the workplace so that our employees can fully contribute and thrive.


Let’s realize your potential, together.

Olympus requires all US new hires to be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on or before their first day of work. Individuals who have been offered employment who have a disability, medical condition, or sincerely-held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to request and be granted a reasonable accommodation prior to their first day of work.


It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.


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