Digital Design Engineer

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract | Recruiter: Nicholas Bukis | Phone: 603-772-2700

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Job Title: Digital Design Engineer

Location: Lexington, MA

Duration: 36 Months and 40 hours per week

* Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements to obtain a Security Clearance for access to classified information. An Active Secret Clearance is desired.

This position requires that applicants be fully vaccinated for Covid 19 or have a valid religious or medical exemption.

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


Our client’s Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group develops, builds, tests, and operates laser communications systems for a variety of applications and environments. Lasercom offers dramatically increased data rates and enhanced physical security relative to standard radio frequency-based communications systems. The Group has expertise in communications; optics; electro-optics; optical turbulence mitigation; precise pointing control systems; embedded systems; command, control, and telemetry; high-speed digital design, test set design and fabrication; data analysis; modeling; and simulation. Group is in need of an Engineer for the design of high-speed, complex digital architectures necessary to support a lasercom system.

We are looking for designers who have had recent experience designing high speed digital designs (10 GHz). This position is focused on the development of the system that will go into space – space background would be a big plus, but not required.

Candidate resumes should provide enough detail to ascertain that the individual was involved with high speed digital design. If the descriptions are too high level, it is hard to determine if they have been a key contributor to the design, or just a small part of a larger team.

The Key experience for this role is experience performing detailed electrical analysis and design for high speed digital systems, and power distribution.

-Between analysts, designers, and developers, this is a large project team. This person will work with many of the team members.

-Candidate will help with hardware digital design, high speed circuit board design, high speed digital design, and schematic capture. The person does not need to be a layout person or someone doing signal integrity analysis, but the person should understand these two components and be able to work with their counterparts specializing in those areas.

-The high speed design is an absolute requirement. They need someone that can put a Xilinx FPGA on a board and use high speed SerDes up to 12.5ghz to complete it.

-Looking for someone who has done a whole board vs only some part of the board. It would be helpful to see this on the resume as well.

-Person should be able to do schematic capture and then relay details on PCB layout to the layout engineer. MentorGraphics is the schematic capture tool that they are using.

-Needs the experience of bringing the boards to life; soup to nuts.

-Looking for experience of around 10 years experience with a Bachelors and 5 years experience with a Masters



• Designing digital systems with high speed SerDes technologies operating up to 12.5 GHz

• Experience performing detailed electrical analysis and design for high speed digital systems, and power distribution

• Experience with PCB layout/oversight

• Experience supporting fabrication and assembly

• Experience with debugging prototypes and performing functional verification

• Familiarity with signal and power integrity design and analysis with SI simulation oversight

• Person will be a core member of aggressive design team. Needs good communication skills: willingness to listen to the needs of engineers and the ability to articulate solutions to engineers in other disciplines who possess little understanding of electrical hardware design.



• Experience in high-rel space based rad tolerant designs

• Experience with wireless communications systems

• Experience implementing high speed frame-based networking protocols such as OTN packet-based protocols such as 10G Ethernet


Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges. We have placed hundreds of talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

The mission is critical and the work is as cutting-edge as it is rewarding. The teams are superbly managed groups of world class engineers from all types of interesting and diverse backgrounds - AND THEY ARE HIRING! 

Make this your next career move as one of our many long-term contractors or employees!

Work as our full-time employee with full benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, PTO, Retirement, etc.)  - OR - work as a W2 hourly contractor at a higher pay rate if you don't need the benefit package.


Founded in 1999, Digital Prospectors is an award-winning recruiting and consulting firm that specializes in placing contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire engineers into rewarding opportunities with our impressive and ever-growing client base. We believe that all people should love their jobs.

Come see why Digital Prospectors has been voted “Best Staffing Firm to Temp For” by Staffing Industry Analysts, "Best of Staffing" for candidate satisfaction by Inavero /, "Top Temporary Placement Firm" by Boston Business Journal, "Best Company To Work For" by Business NH magazine, "Excellence in IT and Engineering Staffing” by TechServe Alliance, "Top IT Services Company" by Inc. Magazine, "Most Reliable Staffing Agency" in Forbes Magazine and "Top Ranked Staffing Firm" by Staffing Industry Analysts.

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