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THX Ltd. - Mobile and PC Software Development Engineer

Posted On: 2017-9-26
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

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Founded by legendary filmmaker George Lucas in 1983, THX sets performance standards for world-class studios and cinemas, and provides premium audio and video solutions for home, automotive and mobile applications. THX develops designs, technologies, products and specifications perfecting the entertainment experience to ensure the artist’s vision is truthfully delivered to audiences.


This position reports the Audio Architect in the Mobile business unit.

Specific Responsibilities

Design and develop cutting edge digital software products that enhance consumer audio on a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and consumer electronic devices. You will apply audio algorithms that enable consumers to experience theater-like surround sound through the playback of movies, music, games on device headphones and speakers. You will build, tune, and support audio offerings across multiple platforms (IOS, Android, Mac, Windows) and devices.

More specifically:
Support the entire application lifecycle (concept, design, test, release and support)
Write unit and UI tests to identify malfunctions
Troubleshoot and debug to optimize performance
Develop software that runs on a variety of device processors and DSPs based Qualcomm, ARM, Intel, and other architectures.
Integrate audio processing libraries into the audio pipeline of application, OS and aDSP environments.
Tune audio for headphones and speakers for a variety devices.
Create proof-of-concept technology demonstrations and implementations on available technology platforms, both custom and off-the shelf, with engineering staff.
Assist product managers in planning activities, such as providing estimates of effort, identifying necessary skills and identifying the relationship and dependency between tasks.
Work with internal engineering teams to ensure that the technical risks for a particular product or technology are well understood.
Evaluate and analyze 3rd party competitors and offerings.


Qualified candidates must have the following:
5+ years of experience with at least one consumer product
Experience in one or more of the following areas:
smartphones, tablets, PCs, consumer electronic products
Experience in Android and iOS application development
Proficiency in C/C++
Experience with real-time audio processing, algorithms, DSPs
Experience with writing/using digital sound filters in industry standard applications
Preferred but not required
Experience with either of these: Unity, Unreal4
Experience with any of these: Wwise, FMOD, Pro-Tools DAW
Proficiency in Python, Objective-C, and Java
Experience with Digital Audio Signal Processing
Knowledge of music theory
Experience in Acoustic measurement
Familiarity with Ambisonics and HRTF related processing
Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related technical field. Graduate degree a plus.

Personal Characteristics

The successful candidate will possess the following attributes:
Demonstrated ability to focus on a highly technical subject and see beyond the traditional boundaries of product definitions and domains
Knowledgeable in modern engineering process and best practices. Willing to champion new engineering process when necessary. Strict adherence to engineering documentation process.
Strong leadership, teamwork, written and verbal communication skills.


Regular, Full-Time, Exempt
The performance of this position may occasionally require travel within the THX organization or to other organizations and/or events.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed. May require walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required to file documents or store materials throughout the work day. Proper lifting techniques required. May include lifting up to 50 pounds on occasion. Primary environment: ambient room temperatures, lighting and traditional office equipment as found in a typical office environment.
THX Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veterans status, or disabilities. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
THX Ltd. does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters, including and without limitation, search firms, staffing agencies, fee-based referral services and recruiting agencies. Any resume submitted to any employee of THX Ltd. will be considered unsolicited and deemed gratuitous without having a written vendor agreement in place and only to the extent such agreement covers a specified position. THX Ltd. will not pay a placement fee. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of THX Ltd. staff will not be binding. It is the responsibility of all third-party recruiting/supplemental staffing agencies to know this policy.

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About THX Ltd.

1255 Battery St.
Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: +1 415 492 3900
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Founded by legendary filmmaker George Lucas in 1983, THX Ltd. and its partners provide premium entertainment experiences in the cinema, in the home and on the go. Over the past thirty years, THX has expanded its certification categories past studios and cinemas to consumer electronics, content, and automotive systems. Today, THX continues to redefine entertainment, providing assurance of superior quality and high performance experiences that guarantee an artist’s vision is truthfully delivered to audiences worldwide. For more information on THX please visit

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