Pacific Defense is hiring a

Principal Electrical Engineer

Sunnyvale, United States

*Due to the sensitive nature of our work, U.S. citizenship is required*

Location: Sunnyvale, CA/El Segundo, CA

About Us

Pacific Defense is an industry leading developer of advanced RF and electronics systems for the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers. We specialize in Open Systems Architecture solutions for the non-kinetic fight. Our vision provides cost effective, highly capable, modular, and rapidly reconfigurable systems to our customers in less than half the time of traditional defense contractors. Our team delivers sensing and effects solutions for the Land, Air, Sea and Space domains at an unprecedented pace. We accomplish this strategy by combining broad domain experience in Radar, EW, SIGINT, and Communications with a go-fast commercial execution model. Our model fully leverages Open Standards, like SOSA, CMOSS, and MORA, as well as rapid prototyping methodologies to bring our advanced capabilities to customers. The Pacific Defense family includes Perceptronics Solutions with expertise spanning signal processing, novel algorithm development, cognitive systems, high performance computing, hardware design and development, and systems integration and test. We embrace the diversity of people, ideas, and a great employee experience to drive the innovation that runs through everything we do. Pacific Defense has established an excellent reputation in our professional community and is growing our team to seize new opportunities to solve tough challenges for national defense. Come join us and accelerate your career!

We are seeking a Principal Electrical Engineer who wants involvement with a fast-paced and dynamic company. You will be involved with implementation of new EW systems, with an emphasis on hardware development of digital products and full system configuration. This individual will assist with the design of many board-level and system-level components, with the digital design as the primary focus.


  • Experience with designing VME/VPX/CPCI or equivalent style PCBAs.
  • Expert use of CAD/CAE tools for schematic capture (Orcad + Allegro) as well as simulation, including both circuit design and board design,
  • Experience with the hardware design and development of embedded systems utilizing FPGAs, MPSoCs, or ASICs.
  • Familiar with DSP principles and algorithms, as well as design principles of analog circuits, from DC to microwave.
  • Familiar with lab equipment including, but not limited to, spectrum analyzer, function & signal generators, and oscilloscopes.
  • Prior experience with building digital hardware boards for large and complex electronic warfare systems.
  • Experience with High-Speed Interfaces (DDR, Serial Communications, etc.) for memories, FPGAs, and processors.
  • Experience with Design Analysis and Timing Closure as well as experience with FPGA Design + Simulation Tools (Quartus/Vivado, ModelSim, QuestaSim).
  • Demonstrated experience interfacing with and supporting large customers.
  • Familiarity with Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) design practices and theory of operation is a nice to have
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Lead design efforts through actions which include, but are not limited to, coordinating staff in the design effort, monitoring/mentoring/supporting entry-level engineers, and ensuring the design meets the system requirements.
  • Design, test, and integration of FPGA based products including digital signal processing (DSP), high speed communications, and system-on-chip (SOC).
  • Prepare detailed block diagrams of the system design and identify any potential issues.
  • Work to find the optimal implementation that meets system requirements and results in a high-quality product or propose alternative solutions when no implementation is readily available.
  • Collaborate with the team to develop test benches and troubleshoot technical issues in the lab.
  • Lead the design review process, document the results, and execute the changes, while upholding hardware design standards and methodologies.
  • Contribute to design, simulation, verification, integration, and test of complex, high-speed digital products.
  • Produce and archive all necessary documentation for the design to ensure manufacturability, ongoing technical support as well as customer support.


  • B.S. or M.S. in Electrical Engineering


What we can offer you:

Pacific Defense provides competitive salaries, performance bonuses at all levels, and immediately vested 401K match. We cover 100% medical, dental, vision, and life insurance premiums, as well as a flexible spending account for incidental health care expenses. We offer paid time off and federal holidays to spend time with family, pursue outside interests, or just get some extra rest.

Pacific Defense is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.

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