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Sr. DSP Engineer

Querétaro City, Mexico Job ID: 120225 Additional locations: None

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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Position Summary:

This position is a senior embedded DSP software engineer within the Lifestyle Automotive Audio division. Products that will be developed are OEM automotive amplifiers, typically consisting of a main microcontroller, a DSP processor and various hardware peripherals. Software development work will be mainly to integrate DSP algorithms and control structures to meet complex system requirements.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have any direct reports.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop production ready software following a defined software development process.
  • Work with DSP algorithms requiring an understanding of audio systems and acoustics.
  • Work with DSP algorithms requiring an understanding of noise cancellation and sound-synthesis.
  • Implement DSP features on non-traditional processors, requiring knowledge of potential architecture limitations and mitigating software strategies.
  • Integrate DSP features into complex, multi-threaded, multi-processor architectures.
  • Evaluate DSP algorithm performance to identify bottlenecks and resource constraints.
  • Port and optimize DSP features to maximize system performance and reduce cost with a focus on re-use.
  • Analyze and identify requirements and specifications for translation into software designs.
  • Author documentation for software designs, bug reports, and test plans.
  • Perform structured root-cause analysis on audio defects and implement targeted fixes.
  • Test software designs and code at the unit and system level to insure that all requirements are met.
  • Maintain effective relationships with internal and external customers and represent the DSP team during technical reviews.
  • Own audio quality and strive to constantly improve system performance.
  • Work both independently and within large global teams with little direct supervision.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Passion for audio and music.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent.
  • 5+ years of DSP software development using C/C++.
  • Specific experience with embedded real-time operating systems.
  • Specific experience in audio/acoustical engineering, psycho-acoustics, and/or recording arts.
  • Specific experience with noise cancellation and/or sound-synthesis techniques.
  • Working knowledge of digital communication protocols.
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills.
  • Capable project management and time management skills.
  • Ability to read schematics and debug analog and digital hardware.
  • Experience writing low level drivers.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of MATLAB and Simulink
  • Working knowledge of vehicle networking (CAN, MOST, etc.)
  • Experience with DSP assembly language programming.
  • Experience with use of audio systems and software (DAWs, audio interfaces, audio plug-ins, speakers, microphones, etc.)
  • Familiarity with bug tracking systems such as JIRA and version control systems such as git.

Familiarity with test equipment (signal generators, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, Audio Precision, etc.)

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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