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Senior Audio Systems Engineer

Company: Surfaceink Product Design & Development
Location: San Jose
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

Senior Audio Systems Engineer / Product DesignSan Jose, CA, USATHE COMPANY SurfaceInk (SI) is a thriving cross-functional Engineering and Product Development firm headquartered in downtown San Jose with engineering team members spread across the USA. We are a group of over 45 product designers and engineers, passionately focused on helping our customers define, develop, and realize high-quality, mechanical, and electronic products and systems. We have collaboratively developed more than 400 high-end consumer electronics products delivering more than $200 billion in product revenue over the last 21 years. We pride ourselves on our commitment to the success of our clients, preservation of design intent, meticulous attention to detail and our expansive network of worldwide engineering expertise. THE ROLE We are looking for an exceptionally talented Senior Audio Systems Engineer to become an integral part of our highly capable and motivated product development team. As we work with our clients to make their products' vision a reality, your role will be to design and implement the optimal hardware audio solution that will complement that vision delighting both our clients and their customers. You will gain a deep understanding of each client's vision and work with your colleagues to transform it into a real product by selecting the appropriate audio components, leveraging HW/SW technologies, and applying your extensive design know-how. You and your colleagues will take ownership of all aspects of the product including performance, quality, esthetics, reliability, cost, and manufacturability.Because our clients span all the way from small start-ups to some of the largest technology companies in the world, the gamut of products you will work on will be just as diverse. Your next project could be a mobile device, a wearable, a smart-speaker, wireless earbuds, a children's toy, or a record player!We're looking for a collaborative person with these personal qualities:--- Outstanding implementation skills - a thinker and a doer.--- Lateral thinking and perseverance in achieving goals. --- Willingness to contribute ideas and learn from others on the team.--- Interest in building hardware platforms, devices, and capabilities supporting millions.--- Thrives on every project being a completely new adventure with new problems to solve and new things to learn. THE RESPONSIBILITIES--- Engage with clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, understand their vision, provide design guidance, create, and implement audio solutions to transform their vision into reality.--- Work closely with your peers to assure a holistic product design that achieves all aspects of the desired user experience.--- Be the subject-matter expert for audio/acoustics design and become a trusted advisor to clients.--- Contribute to the creation of technical documents, including product requirements, engineering specifications, proof-of-concept prototyping, manufacturing test procedures and systems' validation test plans.--- Depending on the client's needs, the collaboration can be done from SurfaceInk's offices in San Jose, at the client's own offices in the Bay Area, and occasionally during visits to component vendors and/or contract manufacturers facilities in Asia.REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIENCE--- 7+ years of experience designing audio solutions for consumer electronics or IT products. --- Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (including EE, ME, Physics, Audio/Acoustics). M.S. or Ph.D. degree is a plus.--- Strong understanding of best audio/acoustic design practices for high-volume production of consumer-grade devices.--- Extensive collaboration record with members of various engineering disciplines: mechanical, industrial design, electrical, reliability, software, thermal, etc.--- Ample know-how of audio components selection and objective validation based on client's requirements and the product's design constraints--- Skilled to select, run, and even create the most relevant audio tests that will characterize and validate the audio performance of any given device on various test equipment platforms. Audio Precision and Soundcheck are a must; Head Acoustics ACQUA and Klippel analyzers are desirable.--- Expertise in design, simulation, and measurement techniques of electroacoustic transducers (mainly, microphones and loudspeakers) and their interaction with acoustic enclosures. COMSOL and FEA simulation experience is a plus.--- Audio electrical design including Class-D amplifiers, dedicated DSP chipsets, digital audio signal formats, acquisition, and conversion.

  • Experienced in tuning DSP algorithms including equalization, dynamic range compression (single or multi-band), echo cancellation and dual-mic noise cancellation. Implementation of custom audio algorithms and advanced signal processing in MATLAB or similar platforms is a plus.
  • Familiar with audio-focused schematic/layout design and best practices. Expertise in audio EE design tools is a plus.
  • Thorough understanding of the objectives and challenges of audio testing at a factory assembly line. Experience in implementing audio test procedures specifically for the factory line and deriving statistically based pass/fail criteria is highly desirable. ADDITIONAL DESIRABLE SKILLS and EXPERIENCE--- Audio software architecture and programming such as Linux ALSA drivers--- Voice solutions such as voice triggers, voice services and NREC--- Adjacent fields such as electrical, mechanical and software engineering--- Familiar with basic Android SDK platform tools (adb, fastboot and scripting) and basic Linux environment commands.--- Writing automation scripts in one or more programming languages--- Basic troubleshooting/debugging using serial terminal consoles and event logsWe are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we do not sponsor employment visas. Please email with your impressive resume that tells your story.

Keywords: Surfaceink Product Design & Development, San Jose , Senior Audio Systems Engineer, Other , San Jose, California

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