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KEF Audio (UK) Limited, Celestion, GP Acoustics - Graduate Research and Development Engineer

Posted On: 2021-4-2
Location: Maidstone, Kent, UK

Job Description:

KEF is acknowledged worldwide as a leading manufacturer of high-end loudspeakers and hi-fi systems. Founded in 1961, the company is one of the few in the field that both develops and manufactures its own technology: cabinets, drivers, software, and most electronics. We pride ourselves on our technical excellence and innovation, producing many patents and papers over the years. KEF shares its research facility with its sister company, Celestion International, a leader in the field of OEM drive units for guitar and PA. This allows both brands to benefit from advanced tools and technologies that are the envy of rivals around the world. We are looking for a Graduate Research and Development Engineer with a passion for audio and music to join our R&D team on a permanent basis.

Location: Maidstone, Kent, UK


Bachelors, Masters graduate degree in an appropriate technical discipline such as Electro-Acoustics, Acoustical Engineering or Physics.

We offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Private pension with employer matched contributions
  • 25 days holidays + public holidays
  • Flexible working week
  • Career pathway and development plan tailored to your aspirations.

Key responsibilities:

  • Development of loudspeaker systems, transducers and headphones.
  • Research on related topics.


  • Understanding of loudspeaker theory.
  • Passionate about sound quality and skilled in critical listening.
  • Methodical and scientific approach to any technical problem.
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills.
  • Ability to innovate and bring new ideas into products.
  • Experienced in computer modelling and acoustic measurement.
  • Some experience with Matlab, Python, C, C++ or other suitable technical programming language.
  • CAD competence in 2D or 3D.

Extra points if you have:

  • Experience designing loudspeaker or headphone drivers.
  • Experience using FEA and Non-linear modelling and analysis.
  • Knowledge of advanced materials.
  • Knowledge of listening room acoustics.
  • Ability to source and recommend new materials for audio transducers and enclosures.
  • Experience using a digital task management tool such as Jira, Redmine, etc.

COVID-19 Guidelines

The health, safety, and well-being of our team members is of the utmost importance. As such, many roles will be temporarily remote or work from home to comply with current safety regulations until we can safely return to the office. This means that all interviews and onboarding will be done over videoconference (or phone). These roles will be required to be in the office once it is safe or restrictions are lifted.

Equal Opportunity

KEF is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, age, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

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About KEF Audio (UK) Limited, Celestion, GP Acoustics

Eccleston Road
Tovil, Maidstone
ME15 6QP
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 1622 672261
Fax: +44 1622 750653
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KEF Audio (UK) Limited has manufactured high-quality loudspeaker drive units and systems since 1961, having just celebrated its 50th anniversary. These products are exported throughout the world to audiophile and home-cinema markets. KEF is continuing its long standing contribution to loudspeaker technology by using numerical and analytic techniques to design coincident source loudspeakers based on its Uni-Q design which can now achieve rigid piston motion and directivity control over an extended frequency range.

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