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DSP Engineer

Posted On: 2021-2-9
Location: Southwater, Horsham UK

Position Summary:

  • Working as part of the "Active Product Development Team" - This team is responsible for all aspects of active product development; overseeing industrial design, mechanical design, Acoustics, Transducer design, electronics, DSP etc. right through to manufacturing.
  • Product development requires a fast-accurate pace and tight deadlines. - This role is to support the teams existing DSP engineers in taking products to market.
  • The DSP Engineer requires a cross-discipline engineering skillset covering software and hardware research and development.
  • The main goals of the role are to: Support the tuning process and validate and sign off the final release data. Design, maintain, and implement core audio DSP algorithms and control software.Confirm and insure QoS of the inter-chip communication (i2c, i2s TDM etc.) at numerous hardware build stages throughout a project cycle.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Tuning Team support - The creation of both the underlying DSP core framework for each project and the user-facing tuning script to control the DSP code. Once these two frameworks are in place and tested, they are handed over to the tuning team. The Development DSP engineer is then responsible for on-going maintenance as required.
  • Software Release - Once the team has a DSP release image, the Development DSP engineer is responsible for the testing, documenting, release and signing off the code.
  • Hardware Testing - The Development DSP engineer is responsible for board level and system testing the relative Electronic at each stage of a project build, to ensure and sign off on system validate.
  • Algorithm Development - The Development DSP engineer is responsible for the bring-in and sign-off of any new algorithms into to the development process, this may be either from self-driven research or integration of Algorithms for other team members.
  • Systems improvement - The Development DSP engineer is responsible for the constant integration of new ideas and processes to improve the DSP development system.
  • Hardware selection - The Development DSP engineer is responsible for supporting the hardware, therefore there is a level of responsibility in hardware selection.

Travel - some of these duties will involve travel to support a world-wide team and external suppliers .

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelors/Masters degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience within the audio industry.
  • Knowledge of audio signal processing with theoretical and real-time DSP experience.
  • Understanding of fundamental DSP ideals: Filter theory, sample theory, ADC/DACs. Etc.
  • Experience designing, developing, maintaining and debugging signal processing algorithms.
  • Experience with Embedded DSP code (C or similar)
  • Experience with prototyping and scripting languages (MATLAB, Python, Bash)
  • Experience with DSP design and signal flow.
  • Experience operating electronic test equipment such as audio analysers, oscilloscopes, multimeters, etc.

Desirable:

  • Experience working in a Linux or Unix development environment.
  • Experience with assembly language for real-time audio processing.
  • Ability to read and understand electronics schematics and layouts.
  • Familiarity with real-time audio prototyping tools such as Max/MSP.
  • Familiarity with sound recording/editing software tools, audio measurement tools.
  • Experience of software version control: Git, SVN.

How to Apply:

Please send a CV and covering letter to: hrdept.bw@soundunited.com.

Please mention AES001419 when applying for this position.


Lead DSP Engineer

Posted On: 2021-2-10
Location: Southwater, Horsham UK

Main Purpose Of The Job

  • Working as part of the ‘Active Product Development Team’ – This Lead DSP Engineer is responsible for all aspects of active product development in both loudspeakers, hi-fi components and headphones; overseeing Industrial design, Mechanical design, Acoustics, Transducer design, EE, DSP etc. right through to manufacturing.
  • This role is to lead the existing team of DSP engineers that services these product lines. The Lead DSP Engineer requires a cross-discipline engineering skillset covering both software and hardware research and development and people management.

The Main Goals Of The Role Are To:

  • Develop DSP algorithms, embedded DSP code, tools, and processes for use in live projects.
  • Design, maintain and implement core audio DSP algorithms and control software.
  • Confirm and ensure QoS of the inter-chip communication (i2c, i2s TDM, etc.) at numerous hardware build stages throughout a project cycle.
  • Articulate long-term technology strategy for signal processing in collaboration with other critical teams.
  • Managing and defining research objectives within the team. Managing DSP deployment with business development partners (e.g. Automotive, TVs, etc.).Presenting research to wider teams. Outlining and conducting research projects. Researching DSP improvements for all areas of the business.
  • Track and organise workload of the DSP engineers in the team, contributing to Design, test & release DSP code for integration in products. Design individual/custom processing functions & algorithms (filters, dynamic processing, etc.).Work with the wider team to investigate new algorithms and architectures. The long-term signal processing R&D strategy. Develop & maintain coding strategies, internal standards & procedures in collaboration with the wider team

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead DSP engineering team – Track & organize workload of the DSP engineers, sharing knowledge and expertise. Assisting with the duties of the DSP engineering teams including hardware testing, software releases, and algorithm development.
  • Algorithm Development - The Lead DSP engineer is responsible for the research and development of new algorithms into the development process, this may be either from self-driven research or as part of a wider research project.
  • Systems improvement – The Lead DSP engineer (in conjunction with the DSP engineers) is responsible for continuously reviewing and refining standards, testing procedures, and deliverables.
  • Hardware selection – The Lead DSP engineer is responsible for supporting the hardware, consulting about design decisions and best practices.

Travel - some of these duties will involve travel to support a world-wide team and external suppliers.

Knowledge - Stay up to date in the field through courses and conferences.

Essential requirements:

  • Bachelors/Masters degree in a relevant field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the audio industry.
  • Knowledge of audio signal processing with theoretical and real-time DSP experience.
  • Understanding of DSP theory: Filtering, sampling, crossover design & dynamic signal processing, etc.
  • Experience designing, developing, maintaining and debugging signal processing algorithms.
  • Experience with assembly language for real-time audio processing.
  • Experience with Embedded DSP code (Assembly, C)
  • Experience with prototyping and scripting languages (MATLAB, Python, Bash)
  • Experience operating electronic test equipment such as audio analyzers, oscilloscopes, multimeters, etc.
  • People management experience

Desirable:

  • Experience working in a Linux or Unix development environment.
  • Ability to read and understand electronics schematics and layouts.
  • Familiarity with real-time audio prototyping tools such as Max/MSP.
  • Familiarity with sound recording/editing software tools, audio measurement tools.
  • Experience of software version control: Git, SVN.

How to Apply:

Please send a CV and covering letter to: hrdept.bw@soundunited.com.

Please mention AES001420 when applying for this position.


Transducer Engineer

Posted On: 2021-3-30
Location: Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex, UK

Job Description:

Bowers & Wilkins is one of the most successful producers of high-quality audio product in the world today. At the heart of this success is a team of research and development technologists constantly striving to maintain Bowers & Wilkins preeminent position in innovation and engineering excellence. 

Bowers & Wilkins is currently looking to recruit a Transducer Engineer at their Southwater Research & Engineering facility in West Sussex to help support research and development activities.

This role involves close collaboration with the Product Development teams and a wide and varied range of tasks which include acoustic, electrical and mechanical measurements, simulation and prototype building, reliability and end of line quality testing definition.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Transducer design (excluding CAD work)
  • Transducer component design (excluding CAD work)
  • Support to transducer manufacturing sites in terms of assembling processes and quality control supervision
  • Development of new simulation and measurement methods with the aim of improving speed of delivery, simulation accuracy and sonic performance
  • Support of other B&W teams on measurement techniques and measurement specifications
  • Ensure effective knowledge transfer of all results to the rest of the R&D team through presentations
  • Attend academic conferences and audio sector exhibitions
  • Perform any other technical duties as assigned
  • Occasional travel to the Chinese plant based in Zhuhai and to other Sound United / Bowers & Wilkins sites.

Specific tasks, either individually or as a team include:

  • Finite element simulation and analytical modelling of components or assemblies (electromagnetic, mechanical, or acoustics)
  • Measurements of transducer loudspeaker assemblies using the Klippel system and other systems currently available at B&W
  • Document the results of the above activities, including the creation of working procedures and design guidelines
  • Implementation of design processes and testing procedures for transducer components
  • Competitor products evaluation
  • Provide support on assembling processes (jig design, glue choice, online subassembly quality control definition, etc.)
  • Provide support on quality assurance processes (end of line testing, power tests, and other reliability tests), equipment choice, drive unit fault finding

Requirements:

Essential:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in acoustics, physics, mechanical or electronics engineering
  • Understanding of physical principles of electrodynamic transducers, including non-linear effects   
  • Familiar with COMSOL finite element package (or equivalent)
  • Working knowledge of the Klippel R&D system
  • Experienced in transducer components and assemblies manufacturing processes
  • Understanding of the basic principle of sound radiation and room acoustics
  • Skills in a technical computing language like MATLAB or equivalents

Desirable:

  • Specific experience with headphone and micro-transducers
  • Working knowledge of the Klippel QC system and Rub&Buzz phenomena and their root cause analysis
  • Working knowledge of a 3D design package like Solidworks, NX, Catia
  • Hands on experience with measurement systems such as spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, acoustic testing systems using stepped sine, chirp/logsweep or MLS signals
  • Familiar with DFMA, DFMEA, FMEA

Why would you want to work at B&W?

  • Internal and external training opportunities provided in order to maximise your potential
  • Space and freedom to tailor the role to your desired self-development path
  • Investors in People - Silver Award Accreditation
  • We believe you get to work with some of the best engineers our industry has to offer
  • The acoustics research team boasts 80+ years of collective experience in the audio, acoustics and vibration control sector with 70+ published papers in academic journals or conference proceedings
  • Access to state of the art facilities with both hemi-anechoic and full anechoic chambers, Polytec laser doppler vibrometer, tensile test machine for materials testing, Kundt tube for acoustic material characterization, three Klippel R&D systems and various software licenses
  • This position attracts a competitive package which could include relocation to Sussex if necessary
  • Due to the nature of the products manufactured, staff receive excellent products discount
  • Employees have access to a group pension scheme and employee assistance programme
  • Life assurance and private medical insurance is available after a qualifying period
  • Free snacks onsite
  • Onsite there is ample free parking and green areas to unwind

How to Apply:

We are so excited to be growing the team at Bowers & Wilkins, if this role sparks your interest, please send a cv and covering letter to: hrdept.bw@soundunited.com

Please mention AES001440 when applying for this position.


About B&W Group Ltd.

Dale Road
Worthing
BN11 2BH
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 1903 221800
Fax: +44 1903 221801
Email: Send Email
Website: www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk

B&W Group Ltd. was founded in 1966 and is based in Worthing, UK. They conduct research into acoustics and design, manufacture, and distribute loudspeaker systems for the domestic and professional markets. B&W Group companies also distribute Rotel, Classé, and i-Command brand products throughout Europe, North America, and China.

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