Senior Electronic Firmware Engineer

Simera Sense is fast becoming a leading mid to high-resolution earth observation camera supplier for CubeSats and small satellites. We are a fast-growing, dynamic team of enthusiastic engineers that supplies space and satellite companies from around the globe.

Job Description

We seek a Senior Electronic Engineer to join the Firmware Development Team to further develop and enhance our electronic systems – specifically firmware and software for a System-on-Chip FPGA.

Key Responsibilities

The applicant will be responsible for designing, testing, and integrating digital and electro-optical electronics for the aerospace sector.
This entails the following:

  • Design, implementation, and testing of VHDL firmware modules.
  • Design, implementation, and testing of C software modules.
  • Development of digital and electro-optical systems.
  • Assist in product testing campaigns.

Required Skills

  • 8+ years (s) experience developing digital electronics, including embedded firmware.
  • Strong experience in high-speed FPGA firmware design using VHDL.
  • Experience with Microsemi FPGAs will be an advantage.
  • Experience in writing C code in an embedded environment.
  • Experience with Python (or similar scripting languages) will be advantageous.
  • Experience in multi-layer PCB design will be an advantage.
  • Experience in the high-tech, military or aerospace sectors will be advantageous.
  • Understanding of high-speed and high-reliability design practices.
  • Experience in environmental testing and acceptance testing to high-quality standards will be an advantage
  • Experience in CCD and CMOS electro-optical design will be an advantage.
  • Understanding radiation effects on electronics will be an advantage
  • Experience in standard coding compliance, including revision control, will be advantageous.
  • Experience in Siemens Teamcenter will be an advantage.
  • Experience in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) is required.

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering, Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering.

Job Relevant Personal Attributes

  • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with interdisciplinary team members.
  • Strong analytical thinking skills such as innovation and lateral thinking skills will be required.
  • Self-driven, self-motivated person, willing to take on long-term responsibility.
  • Ability to complete a well-rounded and documented product.
  • Attention to detail.

What we offer

  • The opportunity to work in the fast-growing space industry 
  • Niche global market for optical payloads for microsatellites 
  • Cutting edge technology at your fingertips 
  • A competitive salary 
  • A friendly working environment with free coffee and regular company braai’s. 


Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa

Job Category: Electronic Engineering Firmware Engineering
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Somerset West (South Africa)

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