Research Programmer II - FPGA Digital Design
Apply Viterbi School of Engineering Arlington, Virginia
USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) , a unit of the university's
Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and
development of advanced artificial intelligence, information processing,
computing, and communications technologies. ISI's 300 faculty, professional
staff and graduate students carry out extraordinary information sciences
research at three distinct locations - Marina Del Rey, CA; Arlington, VA; and
This position is based in Arlington, VA. Hybrid work options are
The Reconfigurable Computing Group (RCG) at ISI is a leader in disrupting
and advancing the fields of FPGA and front-end ASIC design, computer
architecture, and EDA tools. As an applied research lab, our work spans the
creation and maturation of ideas from academic conception to applied research
RCG staff can be found:
Researching and developing toolsets to map AI algorithms directly to
Optimizing full scale testing of billion transistor FPGAs to minimal
Performing experiments on the International Space Station,
Utilizing ISI's MOSIS service to fabricate novel computer architectures.
Our success is based on investing in our staff through a culture centered on:
Learning and idea generation,
Transparent and constructive feedback, and
Continual growth through contributing to, creating, and leading a research
We are looking for highly talented, motivated technical leaders to join our
team. This position will lead the design and development of hardware and
software solutions to assure the security, reliability, functional
correctness, and performance of FPGA designs and architectures. The successful
candidate will realize solutions in a variety of real-world FPGA-based systems
such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), autonomous robotic swarms, and
critical national defense infrastructure. The successful candidate will also
lead development and validation while contributing to advanced research; adapt
research and commercial-grade CAD tools to accomplish research objectives,
collaborate with peers within the group and across ISI; contribute to
publications in top tier conferences; and contribute to and lead proposals
Position specific JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduate degree or equivalent experience in Computer Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science required.
Solid understanding of VHDL or Verilog.
Knowledge of FPGA architecture and device primitives demonstrated through
mapping applications on Xilinx Zynq/Virtex-7/UltraScale+ or similar Intel
devices using Xilinx Vivado or Intel Quartus tools.
Strong experience with testbench generation and functional verification of
Applicants selected for this position will require access to Controlled
Unclassified Information (CUI). Per U.S. government regulations,
eligibility to handle CUI requires U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent
Preferred Job Qualifications:
Experience using C/C++, Python, TCL and/or Java in a digital EDA or
embedded software environment a plus.
Familiarity with open-source EDA tools such as Google Project X-Ray, VTR
or VPR, Yosys, SymbiFlow, RapidSmith, or TORC a plus.
Experience with software revision control systems such as Git, Mercurial,
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to
equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined work experience and education as
equivalent Minimum Experience: 3 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Relevant
work experience to provide strong technical knowledge of programming and
analysis as well as senior or lead experience. Demonstrated ability to stand
in for researchers as circumstances require. Demonstrated creativity and
innovation in solving conceptual programming problems.
REQ20103465 Posted Date: 09/13/2021 Apply