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Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer


Cypress, CA, US, 90630

Job ID: 103203 


The Electro Optical Infrared Systems (EOIS) line of business within DRS has locations in Dallas and Austin, TX, Melbourne, FL, and Cypress, CA.  EOIS develops, manufactures, and supports infrared and electro-optical solutions for soldiers, ground vehicles and airborne platforms.  We offer an exciting and challenging work environment, a competitive salary and benefits package, and a business culture that rewards performance. 


 Employing the world’s brightest. Supporting the world’s bravest.

Position Summary

DRS Network & Imaging Systems, LLC is seeking a Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer to join our team in Cypress, CA. In this role, you will be responsible for the design, development, modification, and analysis/circuit simulations of Readout Integrated Circuit (ROIC) for visible and infrared imaging Focal Plane Arrays (FPA). 

Basic Qualifications and Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical field with a minimum of 10 years of experience in the area of digital design with Cadence virtuoso tools
  • Experience in designing high speed differential CML I/O (1.6Gbps to 3.2Gbps) with SerDes architectures with 8b10b encoding
  • Experience in designing PLL’s, SRAM, binary and grey code counters
  • Experience in designing Digital control blocks for ADC’s
  • Knowledge and thorough understanding of “Top Down” design methodology in combining foundry standard cells and 3rd Party IP blocks with custom analog ASIC blocks
  • Experience in IC design working at cryogenic temperatures (80 Kelvin and lower)
  • Fluency with VHDL, Verilog, and other hardware description languages
  • For compliance with Executive Order 14042, candidates must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19

This position requires access to information that cannot be released to foreign nationals (NOFORN). Therefore, no foreign nationals are eligible. U.S. citizenship is required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Involved in specifications and architecture of the ROIC
  • Provide guidance and direction to project IC designers 
  • Design and conduct behavioral modeling and transistor-level feasibility studies for various blocks in the ROIC and FPA
  • Prepare material for and lead formal design reviews
  • Drive mask design to implement layout view of designs
  • Compile and evaluate block-level and top-level simulations to verify functionality and performance goals
  • Define bench-level test plans
  • Perform circuit characterization and validation in a lab environment
  • Drive review of yield/lab test results to fix bugs
  • Provide full support throughout the product life cycle
  • Provide budget, cost and schedule input for design assignments
  • Specify and evaluate supplier components, subsystems and services
  • Drive the program design to cost and design for manufacture requirements
  • Participate in preparation of proposals
  • Provide technical knowledge and assistance to other engineers and support personnel
  • Support, communicate, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Design for visible and infrared imaging read out IC’s preferred
  • Experience with Cypress, Skywater, Tower/Jazz, ON semiconductor foundries preferred

Working Conditions

  • Normal for an office environment. Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work.
  • Travel up to 10% of time


In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the organization.

COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families, and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, Leonardo DRS is taking action to address the risk and uncertainty COVID variants pose in the workplace.  We require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated, unless a medical or religious accommodation is formally approved by Leonardo DRS prior to commencing employment.


Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #EOIS

Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

Our employees appreciate a culture of open honest communications, and fair and equitable treatment. We accomplish this through:

INTEGRITY. At Leonardo DRS ethics and accountability always comes first.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE. We set high standards of performance for ourselves and others. We consistently deliver excellent products and services. We adhere to quality levels demanded by our customers. We assume responsibility and accountability to achieve excellence. We settle for nothing less.

CUSTOMER FOCUS. We go above and beyond to meet customer needs, and work to create long-term relationships with our customers.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION. We accept unconditionally the value that every individual has to offer. We embrace different points of view. We continually foster an environment that enables all employees to contribute to their full potential. We cooperate together as a diverse workforce serving a diverse population.

INNOVATION.  At Leonardo DRS, innovation is in our DNA. We have built this company through the innovative ideas of our employees and continue to foster an environment that rewards new ideas to help our government and military customers save lives, solve critical problems and modernize to ensure mission success for years to come.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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