The purpose of the Senior Acoustic Engineer is to conduct practical product development and execute strategic R&D, contributing to the maintenance and development of SoundChip’s portfolio of HD-PA®-compliant system-level audio and active noise cancellation solutions, methodologies and knowledge base.
This position is located at SoundChip’s Technology Centre in Daresbury, UK, and reports functionally to the Technology Centre – Team Leader and professionally to SoundChip’s Chief Technology Officer.
- Undertake audio product development in accord with company’s development objectives and processes.
- Conduct measurement, evaluation and development of electro-acoustic platforms, in support of product development and benchmarking.
- Execute measurement, evaluation and development of electronic systems, in support of product and strategic development.
- Perform strategic Electro-Acoustic research and development, supporting the innovation of next generation concepts.
- Contribute to development and maintenance of the corporate knowledge base.
- Subscribe to total quality management/continuous process improvement initiatives.
- Support customer technical inquiries and trouble shooting.
- Completion of a degree or (preferably) a post-graduate degree in acoustic engineering or closely related engineering discipline.
- Completion of courses in “Signals and Systems” within a program of Higher Education in an engineering or applied science context, to cover linear signals and systems analysis, Fourier Methods, statistics of time series, etc., and appreciation for fundamental methods of DSP (to include discrete-time representation of signals, quantisation effects and digital filtering).
- Intuition for the operation of (at least) moving coil loudspeakers and miniature loudspeakers and understanding of the impact of loading mechanisms upon loudspeaker performance, preferably including operation of miniature transducers close to the ear.
- Appreciation of acoustic safety and issues impacting upon auditory health.
- Understanding for practical engineering metrology, acquired within the context of engineering dynamics (but not necessarily acoustics), including an appreciation of the significance of frequency response measurements, signal to noise ratio and dynamic range as applied to measurement of LTI systems.
- Understanding for acoustic instrumentation (excepting “environmental acoustics”) and appreciation of methods of acoustic calibration.
- Skill in the use of technical computing and technical authoring skills allied with Educational or “Ambassadorial” aptitudes.
Experience and Personal Attributes
- 5-10 years of professional engineering experience, preferably in acoustics for applications successfully introduced into mass production.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Team player, skilled at operating with in-house and external engineers.
- Commercial awareness, recognising the importance of appropriate engineering.
- Clear, logical thinker with demonstrable problem-solving skills.
- Practical outlook and associated manual dexterity, willing to intervene personally with artefacts.
- Self-motivated worker, willing to take ownership and be held accountable.
- Ability to establish and build successful working relationships with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures.
- Availability for travel and extra-ordinary duties outside normal working hours.