Senior FPGA Engineer

| Chicago

DRW is a technology-driven, diversified principal trading firm. We trade our own capital at our own risk, across a broad range of asset classes, instruments and strategies, in financial markets around the world. As the markets have evolved over the past 25 years, so has DRW – maximizing opportunities to include real estate, cryptoassets and venture capital. With nearly 900 employees at our Chicago headquarters and offices around the world, we work together to solve complex problems, challenge consensus and deliver meaningful results. It’s a place of high expectations, deep curiosity and thoughtful collaboration. 

We are currently seeking a Lead/Senior FPGA Engineer to join one of our trading teams. While DRW has been leveraging FPGA technology for a number of years, you will have the opportunity to build an FPGA application from scratch for an existing team. We’re seeking a candidate that has a strong understanding of software and hardware interaction. This person will participate in the full development lifecycle, including system and block level testing, of low latency high throughput FPGA design.

Responsibilities: 

  • Architect and implement new FPGA applications (synthesis, place & route, static timing analysis, documentation) from the ground up
  • Research and evaluate a variety of cutting-edge FPGA hardware and technologies
  • Propose creative solutions to overcome FPGA/hardware limitations
  • Liaise directly with software and other design teams
  • Conduct lab debugging and characterization of new hardware

Candidate Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, Computer/Electrical Engineering with 3+ years of experience within the field; (Master’s degree or higher also counts for experience)
  • Solid Hardware Engineering experience, especially with FPGA
  • Highly autonomous with a can-do attitude able to lead an FPGA based project from system requirements to production
  • Strong capacity to quickly evaluate FPGA based project feasibility based on hardware limitation
  • Strong skills in RTL logic design (Verilog) and verification; 2+ years of experience writing Verilog
  • Experience in FPGA design flow including synthesis, place & route , static timing analysis is required
  • Experience with the design of system-on-chip (SOC) architectures, memory & processor subsystems, networking, and peripheral interconnect is required
  • Knowledge of the TCP/IP stack
  • Strong working knowledge of either XILINX or ALTERA FPGA design flow
  • Experience with functional verification utilizing high-level methodologies (e.g. System Verilog) is a plus.
  • Excellent research and data gathering skills
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Location

Situated in Chicago's thriving West Loop, our HQ is convenient for Metra and CTA riders alike - and foodies looking for a bite on "Restaurant Row."

An Insider's view of DRW

How does your team reward individual success?

Our team acknowledges individual success and provides an environment to further new ideas. The team then ensures higher management is aware of your contribution. These accomplishments become part of the individual’s and team’s record at the end of the year. This approach I believe has led to a lot of innovations on my team.

Kumbi

Network Engineer

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

During my internship in Chicago, I built models in python, ones that are still used on that desk today. The next summer, I returned as a full-time trading analyst and picked up right where I left off. I focus on systematic research and the development and execution of new strategies for the foreign exchange (FX) options desk in Chicago.

Alex

Quantitative Trading Researcher

What are some things you learned at the company?

We’re free to choose the technology stack that best solves each individual problem, so the learning happens project to project. I started programming in C#, but changing teams exposed me to a new suite of languages that I’m now working in regularly

Carissa

Software Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Working on the risk team, I combine the principles of risk management and computer science. I help direct how we take risk across the organization, and ensure reliability with the use of really innovative tech.

Brawnski

Software Engineer

What are some social events your company does?

DRW is not all work, all the time. We offer a number of activities and events for all interests, like monthly wine tastings, sports leagues, hobby clubs and movie outings to name a few.

Michelle

Systems Team Lead

What are DRW Perks + Benefits

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Daily catered breakfast and lunch. On-site yoga and meditation classes. Trivia nights. Chair massages. Wine Tastings. Mentorship Program. Game Tournaments. Speaker Series and "Geek Lunches".

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