Firmware Developer/Architect

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Date: 05-Mar-2023

Location: Vasteras, SE

Company: Alstom

Job Title: Firmware Developer / Architect

Req ID: (200047)


This is a unique opportunity for contributing in the world of smart, green, and safe mobility. You will get the possibility to work with front end and market leading systems, products and technologies. We offer you employment within technical development of electrical traction at our Global R&D Centre in Västerås, Sweden, with the expectation to grow your technically expertise, becoming our future experts on electrical traction. 

If you’re ambitious, driven and team-spirited, this is your opportunity to build a career as a FPGA GDU Firemware Design Engineer based in Vasteras, Sweden.


Purpose of the role

The transformation towards sustainable mobility drives demand for railway capacity, and we have been the forefront of this journey for decades. To stay in this position, we need to recruit firmware design engineer to our Gate Drive Unit (GDU) team.

The GDU is at the heart of the electrical traction system and controls output voltage to the motors by the use of insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT). The GDU is vital for energy efficient and reliable transportation. The build-up of the GDU consists of dedicated hardware/electronics and FPGA firmware (VHDL).  The implemented firmware constitutes of essential and core features concerning the control, supervision of the IGBT’s and communication to other embedded systems.

The FW Design Engineer is engaged in all phases of the project such as requirements management, architecture documentation, implementation of VHDL code as well as verification and testing of the design. Main technical aspects of the job include analogue and digital electronic design in addition to VHDL programming.


What you’ll get to do :


  • Develop new and maintain existing FW (firmware), VHDL implementations.
  • Develop HW/FW architecture solutions.
  • Take part in developing and improving on processes (methods and instructions) and tools used within FW development
  • Interaction with other functions and stakeholders within the traction engineering platform products.
  • Ensure that the functional roadmap with respect to FPGA development fulfils the requirements of upcoming bids and delivery projects


You’ll Need To Have :


  • Relevant academic background, e.g. Master’s Degree in Electronics, or similar
  • At least 3 years of experience with VHDL (very high description language) and electronic design
  • Experience of working with industrial electronics and FW for embedded systems
  • Knowledge about electronics (PCBA) manufacturing and its processes
  • Knowledge about testing, both in production and during development
  • Good documentation and presentation skills.
  • Experience from similar designs, combination of GDU – IGBT control solutions, is considered an advantage.
  • Knowledge and experience of railway and safety standards, e.g. EN50155, EN50121-3-2 and 50657/50129 is beneficial
  • Swedish & English at a fluent level is mandatory for this role


Who are we?

Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Our product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, and trams to integrated systems, customized services, infrastructure, signaling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a caring, responsible, and innovative company where more than 70,000 people lead the way to greener and smarter mobility, worldwide 


What do we offer? 

An agile, inclusive and responsible culture is the foundation of our company where diverse people are offered excellent opportunities to grow, learn and advance in their careers. We are committed to encouraging our employees to reach their full potential, while valuing and respecting them as individuals.
Alstom is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, National, or Local Laws.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.



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