FPGA Engineer

| Chicago, IL, USA
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Career Description

Simplex is looking for smart, curious, and driven individuals to join our technology team. Technology at Simplex is the core of the business. We are a technology company, specializing in high speed trading. We are looking for great people to work on all aspects of our trading system. The job will require lots of programming and working on new projects on a regular basis. Will own the entire development life cycle of projects (develop, simulate, image test, deployment).

What will you be doing?

  • Designing FPGA logic to support various trading objectives
  • Analyzing the results on a day to day basis and looking for methods to speed up designs

Skills and Experience:

  • Verilog/System Verilog
  • Working on timing closure of designs/experience with STA
  • Experience with developing and verifying FPGA designs
  • Experience developing low latency applications

Nice to have Skills:

  • Experience with Python a plus
  • Experience with ASIC designs a plus
  • Experience in equity options/financial markets a plus

Why us?

Founded in Chicago in 2004, Simplex is a leading, technology-driven, proprietary trading firm. We work with the most advanced technology and software in the market, and we’ve continued to remain at the forefront of the industry by always focusing on innovation, automation, and data-driven analysis. We also leverage our experience and expertise to make strategic investments and capitalize on opportunities in the venture capital markets with promising, early-stage financial and technology start-ups. 

Our employees are truly our greatest asset. We’ve spent years building our team of talented and dedicated technologists, data-driven traders and leaders who emulate our core values: Collaboration, Ethics & Risk Management, and Diverse Opinions & Experience.

PLUS, the goods!

  • Benefits: Excellent a la carte medical coverage (Free employee coverage), Dental, Vision, 401(k) match, and generous parental leave!
  • The Office: The kitchen is stocked with snacks, and beverages; you also have daily stipends for breakfast and lunch! 
  • Tuition Reimbursement: As an investment in our employees’ careers and the company’s future, we offer educational assistance to provide employees with professional development opportunities that increase their skills and enhance their contributions to the organization!
  • Employee Discounts: To gyms, national brands, and more!
  • Building: We are located in the Federal Reserve building. As a tenant you have access to a building gym and a full cafeteria. We are easily accessible to all public transportation.
  • Charity Match: We match up to $2000 a year in donations to the charities of your choice!

Simplex is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C++Languages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • CLanguages
    • SystemVerilogLanguages
    • BoostLibraries
    • MariaDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases


In the heart of the financial district, Simplex is located in the amenity-friendly Federal Reserve Building.

What are Simplex Trading Perks + Benefits

Simplex Trading Benefits Overview

Simplex is a technology-driven trading firm that builds proprietary software to create and capitalize on financial opportunities.
At Simplex, we provide an outstanding Total Rewards package, encompassing a range of benefits within a dynamic and collaborative atmosphere. Our team members enjoy generous PTO, 401(k) matching, comprehensive health and dental coverage, along with opportunities for career development and tuition reimbursement (for either undergraduate or postgraduate).
We strive to build close and cohesive teams with company events and work together at the heart of downtown Chicago. Our open floor plan, well-stocked kitchen, and delightful (daily) lunch stipends ensure a harmonious and vibrant work environment.

Open door policy
Open office floor plan
In-person all-hands meetings
In person meetings allow us to directly connect, communicate effectively, align with our shared goals, celebrate accomplishments, and provide valuable feedback.
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Medical and dependent care costs can pile up. We provide an opportunity to save on those expenses by taking advantage of pre-tax benefits with a Flexible Spending Account!
Disability insurance
We offer both short- and long-term disability benefits for our employees. These excellent plans offer peace of mind knowing you will have excellent coverage if needed.
Dental insurance
We offer a dental plan (covered 100% for the employee) which provides extensive benefits and a large network of dental providers.
Vision insurance
Your eyesight deserves the best care. With our vision plan (covered 100% for the employee), you have coverage for eye exams, eyeglasses, and contact lenses.
Health insurance
One of our medical plan options offers an HSA- this money stays with you! You can continue to roll over year over year, and choose to invest and grow!
Life insurance
As a full-time employee of Simplex Investments, you are afforded basic term life insurance and the opportunity to purchase additional term life insurance for yourself and your dependents.
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(k) contributions are automatically deducted from your paycheck each pay period and are invested at your discretion.
401(K) matching
We 100% match if the election is 3% or less of total compensation, and 50% if the election is greater than 3%, but less than or equal to 5% of total compensation.
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Simplex will match up to $2,000 a year to a charity of your choice!
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
100% paid medical leave. Then, all new parents have 100% paid 12 weeks of parental leave, to be used within the first 2 years of the birth or adoption of a child.
Family medical leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid sick days
You will get the necessary time off when you're unwell or need to care for loved ones, ensuring your well-being and reducing stress.
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
You are allowed to withhold money from your paychecks pre-tax to pay for qualified workplace mass transit and parking expenses.
Company-sponsored outings
Anticipation builds throughout the year for our highly anticipated annual company outings, where employees come together to foster team spirit and create lasting memories held on a regular basis.
Free daily meals
We offer daily stipends for both breakfast and lunch! With the flexibility to use stipends in the building cafeteria or through our convenient Fooda delivery service!
Free snacks and drinks
Step into a world of delectable delights at our company's kitchen! Plenty of healthy and/or indulgent snacks. Drinks, waters, and beers for all.
Company-sponsored happy hours
Colleagues come together to unwind, share laughter, and forge connections over drinks and conversation.
Fitness stipend
Simplex offers employees more convenience, flexibility and gym options, thanks to our partnership with Fitness Formula (locations all around the Chicagoland area).
Mother's room
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Tuition reimbursement
We offer educational assistance (undergraduate or postgraduate) to provide you with professional development opportunities that increase your skills and enhance your contributions to the organization.
Promote from within
Continuing education stipend

Additional Perks + Benefits

What truly distinguishes our company's perks is the unique blend of a flat hierarchy, a vibrant work culture, a well-stocked kitchen, and long-tenured employees. The fully stocked kitchen serves as a hub for creativity and collaboration, going beyond snacks to encourage spontaneous idea sharing. Perhaps most impressively, our employees tend to stay with us for the long run, with many reaching 10+ years of service. This longevity reflects our commitment to their growth and well-being, making our workplace more than just a stop in one's career but a long-term community where everyone thrives.

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