National Instruments

Technology, Engineering

Full Time

Austin, TX


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The NI Product R&D organization is hiring for an entry-level Digital Hardware Engineering position. As a Digital Hardware Engineer, you will enjoy challenging work, the unique opportunity to take ownership of your products, and be involved in all aspects of the product development cycle - including design, prototyping, development, testing, and manufacturing production.


  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary hardware engineering teams to develop test and measurement products.

  • Develop register maps and generate documentation to ensure clear design intent to the broader project team.

  • Own the full FPGA design, including logic implementation, data movement and analysis, testbenches, compilation, and timing analysis.

  • Own all aspects of digital board level design, including schematic entry, layout guidelines, signal integrity simulations, and prototype validation.

  • Develop and execute plans for prototype hardware bring-up and board level validation.

  • Be the voice of digital design in project meetings by estimating level of effort for design tasks, providing input on status of work, and proactively raising technical concerns.


  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Computer, or Software Engineering, or a related discipline.Minimum overall GPA 3.2

  • Proficiency in synchronous design elements including flip-flops, timing diagrams, and state machines

  • Working knowledge of:Programmable logic design including VHDL or Verilog, synthesis, and design simulation techniques
    Computer architectures and interfaces
    Sequential and combinatorial logic
    Basic memory technologies and processor interfaces
    Analog design fundamentals

  • Understanding of computers and programming languages (e.g. C, C++, LabVIEW, python)

  • Interest in learning about and working with digital, analog, and computer technologies

  • Strong work ethic and drive to succeed

  • Demonstrated ability to:Apply diagnostic insight to identify technical problems, propose viable options, and apply technical solutions.

  • Quickly learn applicable technology, systems, and products

  • Take initiative, be a self-starter, and work independently

  • Work effectively in a team development environment

  • Persistently drive tasks and projects to successful completion

  • Take ownership of goals and schedules; manages time well

  • Enjoy problem solving

  • Grasp fast-paced technical conversations

About Us

Why NI?

There are many reasons to consider joining a company. Key among them are the people, the ideas, and the technology. At NI, we believe in the power and potential of connecting the three to create a path to success.

The people: We’re looking for curious and creative problem solvers who value diversity and fresh perspectives, are bold and kind, and willing to take chances.

The ideas: What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you want to program robots? Build flying cars? Leave the world better than you found it? At NI, we build on the big ideas of big dreamers to make their visions a reality.

The technology: With our tailored, software-connected approach, we support our customers through all phases of the product development cycle. From 5G and medical innovations to autonomous driving and the future of space travel, we help our customers Engineer Ambitiously every day.

We’ve long been globally recognized as a top employer. Our compensation and benefits are very competitive, as are our modern workspaces, career development and mobility opportunities, and a culture that fosters belonging and emphasizes community giving. We encourage our teammates to challenge the status quo and collaborate with one another to build innovative solutions.

No matter your career path, we’re here for you, for each other, and for the next generation of innovators who think bigger, aim higher, and go faster.

Are you up for the challenge of helping shape humanity for the next 100 years? If so, let’s get started, and let’s Engineer Ambitiously together.

NI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

We are changing how we work by offering more flexibility. NI has decided to take a hybrid approach (working both on- and off-site) at an aggregate level.  We know that different roles have different requirements, so we’re embracing a full range of options.

Please be advised that if President Biden's Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, is ultimately upheld after the legal process concludes, NI will comply with the Executive Order. Accordingly, if the Executive Order is upheld in its current form, NI will require all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present acceptable proof of vaccination upon hire as a condition of employment. NI will consider requests for reasonable accommodation as required under applicable law. To qualify as being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a two-week period must have passed after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or after receiving a single-dose in a single dose COVID-19 vaccine.