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Sr Engineer, Acoustic

Aichi, Japan Job ID: 117926 Additional locations: Aichi, Japan

HARMAN’s engineers and designers are creative, purposeful and agile. As part of this team, you’ll combine your technical expertise with innovative ideas to help drive cutting-edge solutions in the car, enterprise and connected ecosystem. Every day, you will push the boundaries of creative design, and HARMAN is committed to providing you with the opportunities, innovative technologies and resources to build a successful career.

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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.

Additional Work Location(s) ​​​​​:Aichi, Japan

Business Summary:

Harman’s Automotive Audio Division is the global leader in the design and manufacture of OEM Branded Audio systems. The group maintains headquarters in Novi, Michigan with Product Development Centers in Germany, the USA and China with important engineering offices in Japan, Korea and Brazil. Regional Engineering Centers are maintained in close geographical proximity to our primary customers on each continent. The Audio Division develops branded audio system solutions; amplifiers and speakers, noise management product such as ANC EOC/RNC and ESS, and components for use in unbranded or alternatively branded systems. Core competencies include transducer and amplifier design and manufacturing, DSP audio algorithms, system integration, system voicing techniques and subjective/objective benchmarking. Program execution and product quality are another strong focus for the Audio Division


Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have any direct or indirect reports.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design and tune audio systems for the automotive environment.
  • Investigate new audio reated technologies and best practices.
  • Research and create nove solutions to issues in acoustic systems for the automotive environment.
  • Deveop and document worldwide acoustic systems tools and best practices.
  • Acoustic systems eader for OEM customers.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bacheor’s Degree in Engineering or Acoustics is required. Master’s Degree in Engineering preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience in an audio reated field is required; 7+ years of experience is strongy preferred.
  • Specific experience required in 3 or more of the folowing fields: acoustica engineering, transducer engineering, digital signal processing, amplifier engineering, psycho-acoustics and recording arts.
  • Knowedge of Matlab, C, C++, algorithm development and programming is preferred.
  • Knowledge of acoustic theory, sound reproduction and sound system tuning is strongy preferred.


  • Passion for acoustics and sound reproduction
  • High evel of energy
  • Fexible in a challenging work environment
  • Attention to detai
  • Strong probem solving skills
  • Musician
  • Knowedge of recording arts
  • Excelent presentation skills

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Wilingness to travel to customer sites, including international travel, up to 25% of the time.
  • Wilingness to work in an office in Nagoya,JP.
  • Wilingness for overtime and weekend work, as needed

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. (

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. (


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