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Actalent Audio Engineer in Redmond, Washington


The Audio team is currently recruiting an audio test engineer with a passion to develop world-class audio solutions for audio Accessories. As a member of the audio team, you will assist the lead audio system architect from product conception to product launch in developing headphone and earbud products.

As an audio test engineer, you will be responsible for executing hardware and software testing in both anechoic and real-word environments, collecting data using a variety of hardware and software tools, assisting with specification development, facilitating user experience studies, building and modifying prototype hardware and test fixtures, and compiling and presenting test result data using software tools such as Excel, Power Point, JMP, and/or MatLab. The candidate will also help evaluate and tune audio DSP pipelines which include noise suppression, beam forming, AEC, AGC, and enhanced output rendering with dynamics and EQ. Some assistance with lab maintenance is also required.

Excellent communication, collaboration, and documentation skills are a must as you will work closely with team members across many disciplines as well as internal and external partner organizations. Attention to detail is critical to ensure accurate and repeatable results.


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Additional Skills & Qualifications:

Preferred candidates will possess many of the following technical capabilities:

• 2+ years’ experience delivering consumer or professional audio systems

• Fundamental knowledge of physical acoustics (wave propagation, room acoustics, environmental noise, operating principles of microphones and speakers)

• Hands-on experience performing E2E testing of audio systems (comprised of electroacoustic transducers, codecs, amplifiers and signal processing chains) using Audio Precision APx series analyzers, B&K and GRAS measurement microphones, artificial mouths and ear simulators, and reference loudspeakers; experience with Head Acoustics ACQUA and Microsoft Teams qualification testing a plus

• Ability to develop and execute audio system test plans from design specifications with minimal input from others

• MatLab coding experience for data analysis or data presentation, and/or scripting experience in other relevant languages

• Facility with fabricating/modifying small electromechanical prototypes and test jigs to facilitate audio testing

• Understanding of audio electronic design, circuit layout, and PCB construction and fabrication

• Ability to read schematics and perform basic circuit analysis with oscilloscopes, DMMs and other electronic test equipment

• Understanding of how voice processing and speaker protection/enhancement algorithms work, and basic experience using them to tune a complete pipeline

• Experience solving acoustic noise, buzz and rattle problems in loudspeaker integrations

• Knowledge of DSP audio pipelines and architecture, including Windows 10 pipeline architecture

• Awareness of audio modeling software and its use and application in system design and problem analysis

• Familiarity with digital audio editing tools (e.g. Adobe Audition, ProTools, CueBase/Nuendo, etc.), USB audio interfaces, ADCs/DACs, power amplifiers, and portable recording devices

About Actalent:

Actalent connects passion with purpose. Our scalable talent solutions and services capabilities drive value and results and provide the expertise to help our customers achieve more. Every day, our experts around the globe are making an impact. We’re supporting critical initiatives in engineering and sciences that advance how companies serve the world. Actalent promotes consultant care and engagement through experiences that enable continuous development. Our people are the difference. Actalent is an operating company of Allegis Group, the global leader in talent solutions.

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.