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Sr. Engineer I, Acoustics

Date: Sep 21, 2018

Location: Shenzhen, China, CN

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 110401 

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Job Responsibilities

This engineer will work in a collaborative environment to create new products for Harman Professional, primarily with our JBL Professional brand. The engineer will be responsible for specifying and developing loudspeaker transducers, from concept through production.

  • Design transducers for Harman loudspeaker products.
  • Oversee the building of prototype transducers in Harman’s prototype labs.
  • Work closely with ODMs to expand development capabilities and ensure that designs meet Harman guidelines for quality, cost, and performance.
  • Perform driver and system testing to characterize and document transducer performance, including power handling, impedance, transfer function, and frequency/polar response.
  • Collaborate with global engineering teams to integrate internal Harman technology into new products.
  • Modeling and analysis of complete loudspeaker assemblies, including transducers, compression drivers, horns, waveguides, and loudspeaker arrays.
  • Create schedules, milestones, and BOM estimates for transducer development.
  • Contribute to overall loudspeaker system design.
  • Drive creative and innovative solutions to design challenges.
  • Design for manufacturability and understand supplier limitations, tolerances, and costs.
  • Simulate and design passive and powered loudspeaker systems to meet performance and cost requirements.
  • Perform tests and supply data for marketing documentation.
  • Execute and document all functional and performance tests required by Harman/JBL.
  • Test and document all aspects of product and product component performance, including failure modes.
  • Perform and document acoustical, mechanical, and electrical tests as needed.
  • Work with various departments to implement corrective actions when needed.
  • Capture all product design work in document control systems using Harman’s best practices.
  • Support product launch activities with on-site support when needed.
  • Leverage acoustic simulation programs to virtually design and analyze results to incorporate validate new designs and design improvements.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Demonstrable success in delivering acoustic products to market. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in acoustics, physics, or engineering with a strong curriculum emphasis in acoustics and acoustical engineering.
  • 5+ years experience in the development, validation, and tuning of transducers.
  • A strong fundamental understanding of the physics of loudspeakers and transducers.
  • Proficient in Matlab, COMSOL, ABEC, or related FEA simulation tools.
  • Proficient with Klippel, EASERA, SMAART, or similar FFT-based acoustic analysis tools.
  • Experience in DSP algorithms and programming for audio or video.
  • Thorough understanding of power amplifier and power supply specifications and requirements.
  • Ability to work effectively within a fast-paced, results-oriented, matrix environment.
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to make good decisions and follow scientific methods.
  • A strong fundamental understanding of the underlying theory and science relating to electro-acoustic modeling using both traditional matrix calculations and FEA simulations.
  • Professional-level written and elementary oral English skills.



Preferred Qualifications & Desired Competencies:

  • Master’s Degree in Acoustics or related discipline with acoustics emphasis.
  • Fluency in written and oral English.
  • Deep familiarity with component suppliers and contract manufacturers.
  • Experience with quality-oriented problem solving skills (8D) and Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (DFMEA).
  • Experience with DSP-based room tuning for optimal listening experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead acoustic design teams and mentor junior and peer engineers.
  • Passion for music and audio, including recording music, mixing live music, or playing a musical instrument.



Required Work Traits/Competencies

  • Motivated to take 100% ownership of designs.
  • Willing to put in the necessary time and commitment to make projects successful.
  • Can propose, communicate, and implement solutions for difficult design challenges.
  • Skilled listener who can reason, negotiate, and come up with win-win solutions.
  • Ability to think “outside the box,” to be creative, and to aggressively seek new technological innovations.
  • Must rapidly identify and fix design and process flaws.
  • Demonstrate excellent teamwork spirit and communication skills.
  • Ability to perform well under pressure and work to tight deadlines. 
  • Flexibility to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must demonstrate character strength and personal integrity in all situations.
  • Must be a dependable, accountable self-starter.



Eligibility Requirements

  • Willingness to travel 10% of the time.
  • Willingness to work in Shenzhen, PRC.
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. 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. Looking for a challenge where your experience is valued? Come see what you can achieve as a leader with HARMAN!  (


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