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A Career at HARMAN
As a technology leader that is rapidly on the move, HARMAN is filled with people who are focused on making life better. Innovation, inclusivity and teamwork are a part of our DNA. When you add that to the challenges we take on and solve together, you’ll discover that at HARMAN you can grow, make a difference and be proud of the work you do every day.
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About the Role
This role is for a Principal Acoustic Systems Research Engineer within HARMAN X. HARMAN X is the corporate research division that focuses on advanced technology development for applications across all Harman product lines including Automotive, Lifestyle (consumer), and Professional. This position is located in Northridge, California where the successful candidate will have access to world-class tools and facilities.
The Principal Acoustic Systems Research Engineer is expected to be innovative and results-driven. They must have strong analytic skills with the technical depth to understand underlying acoustic principles; sufficient exposure to the audio industry and psychoacoustics to understand what matters to the consumer; and the imagination and vision to see what hasn’t been done before, to create something better and new. The successful candidate will work within a broader team of experienced researchers but will be expected to independently design and create new products and technologies.
What You Will Do
Invent and mature new acoustic technologies (HW/SW) related to headphones, speakers, microphones, and beyond.
Design novel acoustical system architectures including concept, acoustical modeling, enclosure design, transducer development, power and signal processing definitions.
Evaluate existing technologies for market readiness through benchmarking.
Prototype audio systems and prepare technology demonstrators.
Quantify audio performance with robust electrical audio and acoustical testing. Create new test methods and metrics, as necessary.
Qualify audio performance with subjective testing and create tuning targets and methods to achieve optimum audio performance.
Write reports, white papers, and patents
Transfer new technologies to commercialization teams
What You Need
Minimum of bachelor’s degree in audio-related discipline: physics, acoustics, music technology, computer science, electrical engineering, etc. plus 12 years of relevant industry experience. Master’s degree plus 8 years of industry experience.
Mastery of theory and practice: acoustic systems design, transducer development, signal processing algorithms (microphones, headphones, earphones, or loudspeakers, etc.), acoustical environments (room acoustics), and listener perception (psychoacoustics)
Experience with commercial audio product development and commercial launch activities
Experience with industry-standard acoustical test and measurement methods
Experience with acoustical data analysis using MATLAB, Python, or equivalent
Experience with audio signal processing algorithm design
Critical listener with experience tuning complex audio algorithms and voicing systems
Extreme curiosity and intellectual honesty
Excellent written and verbal communication
What is Nice to Have
Advanced system and algorithm experience including beamforming arrays, immersive audio, HRTF processing, ANC, adaptive/dynamic signal processing, machine learning methods, etc.
Real-time audio processing and plug-in creation
What Makes You Eligible
Be willing to travel up to 10%
Be willing to work in an office in Northridge, CA (pending Covid safe reopening)
Successfully complete a background investigation and drug screen as a condition of employment
What We Offer
Access to employee discounts on world-class HARMAN/Samsung products (JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG etc.)
An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages career development opportunities
Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies
Internal talent management leadership acceleration programs
“Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program
HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status. HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. (www.harman.com)
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