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Senior Principal Engineer for Augmented Reality Platform (m/f/d)

Garching bei München, Germany Job ID: R-18076-2022

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.

What You Will Do:

  • Architectural and design leadership across multiple ARP division areas of current and future products
  • Design and implement state-of-the-art algorithms and software modules using ML/AI/NN
  • Set the golden standard to members of 100+ engineers’ team with regard to modern neural network architectures.
  • Work with a big data coming from a various car sensors (gps, imu, camera, LIDAR etc...)
  • Be the key driver behind the ML/AI/NN technology stack that powers the current, next and over-next generation Harman Augmented Reality Platform products
  • Prepare, design, implement end-to-end ML and data processing pipelines
  • Participate in both algorithm and software development as a part of a scrum team
  • Work with architects, engineers, designers, testers and managers in multiple geographical locations
  • Create benchmarks and implement productive code to explain cutting-edge technology ML/AI/NN software behavior to other engineers and set golden standards to follow. Writing relocatable, modular, high performance, OOP driven code with TDD orientation, with a self-explanatory code style
  • As part of a matrix organization work with engineers, designers, testers and managers in multiple locations as needed to help integrate and productize the solution
  • Perform code reviews for the 50+ team members, make team mentorship and other activities to ensure high-quality results for the whole ARP division

What You Need:

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related field combined with software engineering and data science experience; PhD in relevant area is an advantage
  • Outstanding proficiency in at least one of the programming languages: Python, Java/Kotlin or C++
  • 10+ years experience in developing and shipping scalable cloud-based and/or Data analytics and Machine Learning products
  • 5+ years experience working in the field of machine learning or/and neural networks
  • Experience with one or more AI frameworks (Tensorflow, Pytorch, Caffe)
  • Familiarity with Python machine learning libraries (Numpy, scikit-learn).
  • Hands-on experience with CNNs, VAEs and GANs architectures
  • Hands-on experience on training NN models on GPUs
  • Deep knowledge of the capabilities and constraints, best practices and design patterns of multi-client, real time, high availability cloud based solutions
  • Excellent knowledge of the ML/AI/NN and cloud technologies, products and APIs of the well-known cloud providers including IaaS, PaaS, SaaS as well as Hybrid Cloud / Edge Computing
  • 15+ years programming experience, versatile in managing and switching between various codes including C++, Java and Kotlin
  • Ability to design modules that will meet the requirements of today and scale to work in conjunction with modules adding new functionality in the future
  • Good English written and spoken

What is Nice to Have:

  • Be comfortable with SQL.
  • Experience with Spark / PySpark / MapReduce /
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: Object tracking, sensor data fusion, road scene understanding, map matching
  • Experience with AWS services and infrastructure
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to work in team environment
  • Ability to multitask by handling different assignments
  • Ability to meet the given milestones/deliverable in scheduled time
  • Strong publication and patent record will be a plus

What We Offer:

  • HARMAN offers a diverse and inclusive work environment that fosters and encourages career development opportunities, professional training and competitive market base compensation
  • You will also receive top-notch employee discounts on Harman’s Consumer Audio (JBL, AKG, HARMAN Kardon) and Samsung products
  • Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work life integration and collaboration in a global friendly working atmosphere and good work-life-balance
  • Attractive salary package and an Employer contribution towards a company pension plan
  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies which also includes extensive technical trainings
  • 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. (


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Career Path

  1. Engineer

    An entry level role, the degreed Engineer knows and applies basic concepts and techniques of the profession under direct supervision and guidance. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree

  2. Senior Engineer

    A Senior Engineer provides a wider variety of technical support tasks using a combination of advanced engineering principles and techniques. They operate with little guidance/supervision as Subject Matter Experts (SME) in their defined area of specialization. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree + 5 years’ experience.

  3. Principal Engineer

    Principal Engineers are recognized as an emerging expert. They lead the conceptualization, design, implementation and testing of technologies, tools, or process while consistently demonstrating technical expertise and ingenuity. They demonstrate the ability to plan, define, and execute projects with no supervision. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 12 years’ experience.

  4. Senior Principal Engineer

    Recognized as a technical expert, Senior Principal Engineers consistently demonstrate high levels of technical expertise, ingenuity and creativity. They develop and apply advanced technologies, engineering principles, theories and concepts, and have broad knowledge about the design and operation of systems outside of their specialty. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 16 years’ experience.

  5. Distinguished Engineer

    A Distinguished Engineer has a strong record of creativity and innovation. They advance engineering principles, theories and concepts, and are recognized as a Company-wide authority in one or more technical areas. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 20 years’ experience.

  6. Fellow

    A Fellow is an industry recognized expert with a significant body of peer reviewed research and journal publications and frequently speaks at conferences. Acts as a HARMAN ambassador. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 25 years’ experience.

  7. Senior Fellow

    A Senior Fellow is the most accomplished of an elite group of engineers, widely recognized as a World renowned expert in their field of expertise. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 30 years’ experience.

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