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Northridge, United States of America
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Regular - Permanent
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Description & Requirements

A Career at HARMAN

This role is for a Senior Acoustic Research Engineer within HARMAN X, the corporate research division that focuses on advanced technology development for applications across all Harman product lines including Automotive, Lifestyle (consumer), and Professional.

You are expected to be innovative, and results driven and 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 listener; and the imagination and vision to see what hasn’t been done before, to create something better and new. You will work within a broader team of experienced researchers but should have knowledge and confidence to make a strong individual contribution.

Your Team: This position has no supervisory responsibility

What you will do:

  • Help mature new acoustic technologies (HW/SW) related to headphones, ear buds, spatial audio, noise cancellation, and beyond

  • Prototype audio systems and prepare technology demonstrators

  • Evaluate existing technologies for market readiness through benchmarking

  • Quantify audio performance with robust electrical-audio, acoustical, and subjective testing

  • Create new test methods and metrics, as necessary

  • Write reports, white papers, and patent disclosures

  • Transfer new technologies to commercialization teams

What you need:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in audio related discipline: physics, acoustics, music technology, computer science, mechanical or electrical engineering etc. and 5 years of relevant acoustic science/engineering industry experience

  • Master’s degree plus 1 year of industry experience

  • Knowledge of theory and practice: acoustic systems design, signal processing algorithms (microphones, headphones, earphones, or loudspeakers, etc.), acoustical environments (room acoustics), and listener perception (psychoacoustics)

  • Familiarity with 3D CAD and 3D printing

  • Experience with acoustical test and measurement methods

  • Experience using MATLAB, Python, or equivalent

  • Critical listener with experience tuning complex audio algorithms

  • Extreme curiosity and intellectual honesty

  • Ability to work in a global matrixed organization and communicate and all levels, written and verbally 

What's nice to have:

  • Experience with Immersive Audio

  • Experience with basic analog and digital electronics

  • Advanced system design including mechanical and electrical designs, signal processing algorithms,  etc.

  • Commercial product development and commercial launch activities

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel up to 10% of the time (domestic and international)

  • Willingness to work on-site at the Northridge, CA office - Flexible

  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

What We Offer

  • Competitive compensation and benefits 99,900- 111,000-122,100

  • Flexible work environment, allowing for full-time remote work globally for positions that can be performed outside a HARMAN or customer location

  • Access to employee discounts on world-class Harman and Samsung products (JBL, HARMAN Kardon, AKG, etc.)

  • Extensive training opportunities through our own HARMAN University

  • Competitive wellness benefits

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Access to HARMAN Campus Fitness Center

  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development


HARMAN is proud to be an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.