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Principal DSP Research Engineer

Novi, Michigan Job ID: R-7293-2021

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.

About the Role

As the a Principal Audio Signal Processing Research Engineer you will work in our HARMAN X team. HARMAN X is the research division that focuses on advanced technology development that supports all Harman product lines, including Automotive, Lifestyle (consumer), and Professional.

You will have strong analytic skills with the technical depth to understand underlying acoustic & signal processing principles. Leverage your background in machine learning, optimization techniques, and past exposure to the audio industry in order to understand what matters to the consumer. Have the opportunity to use your imagination and vision to see what hasn’t been done before in order to create better and new experiences. You will work within a broader team of researchers but help drive projects to defined conclusions.

What You Will Do

  • Use signal processing and machine learning to invent and mature new technologies related to automobiles, headphones, single or multi channel speaker systems, microphones, speech systems and beyond.

  • Design audio systems and/or audio algorithms that measurably deliver breakthrough experiences and work with the broader team to build proof-of-concept demonstration systems

  • Evangelize technologies developed by the Audio Systems team with internal Business Units and Engineering organizations

  • Make the appropriate trade-offs to enable productization of technologies to mass production scale

  • Evaluate existing technologies for market readiness through benchmarking

  • Transfer new technologies to commercialization teams

  • Write reports, white papers, and patent applications

What You Need

  • Bachelor’s degree in signal processing related discipline: physics, acoustics, music technology, computer science, electrical engineering etc.

  • 12 years of relevant acoustic science/engineering industry experience

  • Theoretical understanding of acoustic systems (microphones, headphones, single or multi-channel loudspeakers, etc.) and signal processing algorithms

  • Demonstrated knowledge of machine learning algorithms and techniques with applicability for real world problems

  • Prior experience on optimization techniques applied across complex, loosely structured data

  • Experience with acoustical test and measurement methods & tuning

  • Experience with acoustical data analysis using MATLAB, Python, C++ or equivalent

  • Ability to work in a global matrixed organization and communicate at all levels

  • Ability to independently tackle projects related to audio system design, audio algorithms, and novel testing methodology

What is Nice to Have

  • Master’s degree with 8 years experience or PhD with 4 years experience is preferred

  • Practical experience with audio and voice processing algorithms and noise cancellation techniques is preferred

  • Advanced algorithm experience such as beamforming arrays, immersive audio, audio up mix, HRTF processing, machine learning methods, etc.

  • Audio prototyping and demo experience for consumer, professional or automotive applications

  • Experience with data science and machine learning

  • Experience creating VSTs or other real-time audio processing prototyping

  • DSP/GPU experience and use of Tensor Flow/PyTorch  

What Makes You Eligible

  • Willingness to travel up to 10% of the time domestic or internationally

  • Willingness to work on-site at the Novi, MI office

  • Successfully complete a background investigation and drug screen as a condition of employment

What We Offer

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

  • Extensive training opportunities through HARMAN University

  • Access to HARMAN Novi Campus Fitness Center and Cafeteria

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


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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