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Fraunhofer IIS - Application Engineer, Audio Codecs
Posted On: 2013-9-3
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Fraunhofer Digital Media Technologies
San Jose, CA
Fraunhofer’s audio coding business is the primary developer of the MP3 and AAC audio codecs, each in more than six billion products and enabling technologies in new media, electronic music distribution, and television and radio broadcasting. AAC is the audio codec of the iPhone and iPad, the surround sound codec of Google Play movies and Android, and the audio codec for at least half the world’s digital TV. Our San Jose office promotes and supports these products to our U.S. customers such as Apple and Google, as well as broadcasting, communications, and other consumer electronics companies.
This position involves applying your technical knowledge of digital signal processing, software development, and IP networking to directly support the efforts of our product marketing and business development functions. Your duties would include:
• Testing and analyzing consumer audio and video products
• Participating in audio, broadcast, and connectivity applications standards development
• Preparing websites, demonstration applications, application bulletins, and presentations
• Assisting customers in applying our audio software code and libraries
• Technical consulting on customer issues at trade shows and customer meetings
Ideally, you would have:
General experience with consumer or professional audio systems and media, perhaps through work as a product designer or marketer, or as an engineer, mixer, or tonmeister in music, film or broadcast production. Experience in one or more of the following areas would be valuable but is not required: critical listening, listening tests, room acoustics, electroacoustics, or loudspeaker design.
Additionally, you need to be able to clearly explain and discuss technical concepts in written and spoken English and understand customer’s technical problems. Experience in researching market data, discovering customer requirements, writing application notes, or making customer presentations is not a requirement but would be helpful.
You would work independently in a small, flexible-hours office directly with marketing and business development managers and report directly to a senior executive. Thus, if desired, this would be a good position for an eventual transition into a product management or market development role in Fraunhofer.
As you’ll also be working with our scientists and software developers in our Erlangen, Germany headquarters, you’ll need to participate in early-morning phone and video calls and be able to travel to Germany as well as trade shows around the world. Since you will be working with audio and multimedia systems, you will need to have normal hearing and vision and be able to be trained in critical listening.
Although Fraunhofer employs over 20,000 scientists and engineers in applied research, this is not a research position. Audio or acoustics researchers should contact our institutes IIS and IDMT.
Fraunhofer USA, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Information about Fraunhofer’s audio codec business is available at www.iis.fraunhofer.de/amm. View Fraunhofer’s technology in the new Nexus 7 launch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRu18f2GRQo at 10:45.
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About Fraunhofer IIS
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The Fraunhofer IIS Audio and Multimedia division, based in Erlangen, Germany, has been working in audio coding technology for more than 25 years and remains a leading innovator of technologies for cutting-edge multimedia systems. Fraunhofer IIS is the main inventor of mp3 and universally credited with the co-development of the AAC family of audio codecs as well as technologies for the media world of tomorrow, including Fraunhofer Cingo for virtual surround, Fraunhofer Symphoria for automotive 3D audio, AAC-ELD for telephone calls with CD-like audio quality, and Dialogue Enhancement to allow TV viewers to adjust dialog loudness as they desire.
Through the course of more than two decades, Fraunhofer IIS has licensed its audio codec software and application-specific customizations to at least 1,000 companies. Fraunhofer estimates that it has enabled more than 6 billion commercial products worldwide using its mp3, AAC and other media technologies.
The Fraunhofer IIS organization is part of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Munich, Germany. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest applied research organization and is partly funded by the German government. With 22,000 employees worldwide, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is composed of 66 Institutes conducting research in a broad range of research areas. For more information, contact Matthias Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.iis.fraunhofer.de/amm.