Principal Acoustic Engineer - XBOX Kinect and Accessories Development Team, Microsoft Devices Group in Redmond, WA


TitlePrincipal Acoustic Engineer - XBOX Kinect and Accessories Development Team
CategoryHardware engineering
LocationRedmond, WA
DivisionMicrosoft Devices Group
Date AddedMarch 27, 2015
Open Positions1

The XBOX team within Microsoft Devices envisions, creates and manufactures the award winning XBOX gaming and entertainment platform. The team that revolutionized the gaming and entertainment world by designing and delivering the XBOX ONE Kinect and Accessories is a progressive, diverse, and exceptionally creative group of professionals. We pride ourselves on a high energy, high impact work environment that empowers everyone to do their very best work.

Join the XBOX Kinect and Accessories Development Team and make your mark on the coolest gaming platform and entertainment system today. We are looking for an experienced and creative Acoustics Design Engineer.

We are looking for a highly motivated Principal or Senior Acoustic / Mechanical Engineer with 10+ years' experience in acoustic design to lead acoustic design and development of audio products through fast-paced development cycles.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for using simulation coupled with experiments to drive mechanical design of audio products. A strong mix of technical breadth and depth is desired to tie electronics, acoustics, software and mechanical assemblies into compelling consumer experiences. A track record of innovation and experience in acoustic design of high volume audio products is essential.

Primary Job Functions/Activities
- Primary responsibility is to lead cross-functional teams in all acoustic aspects of headsets and other audio products including: product definition, defining product specifications, formulating product acoustic architecture, and optimizing the product for audio quality.
- Drive the system level and part level mechanical design to meet acoustic and audio requirements by translating audio requirements to mechanical specifications
- Interface with sub-system partners for design of and integration of technology components
- Optimize the acoustic design within constraints of the system to deliver the class leading audio experience
- Perform simulations to assess system level acoustic, noise and vibration behavior to identify critical parameters and optimize acoustic design within constraints

Qualification Summary:
-B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, Acoustics, or related field; M.S. or PhD preferred
-10+ years of experience in design of consumer audio products such as headsets
-Proven ability to apply critical thinking in complex situations.
-Project lead experience (using internal or external contract design resources) on at least two consumer electronics products that successfully reached volume production.
-Thorough knowledge of acoustics, and designing for audio quality
-Proficient in translating audio driven requirements into physical specifications for ME
-Experience and a theoretical knowledge in some or all of the following would be beneficial; statistical energy analysis, finite element methods, acoustic boundary element methods, testing for noise and audio quality.
-Experience in acoustical simulation and modeling using software modeling/simulation tools (Matlab, LMS, etc.) and industry standard test tools
-Knowledge of microphone and speaker technology
-Proficient at testing, characterizing and profiling audio hardware
-Experienced in designing for large volume production in a wide range of manufacturing processes
-A working knowledge of statistical data analysis and measurement systems
-Excellent communication skill is required and international travel to support design and manufacturing activities is required. Proven ability to deliver projects on-time and adherence to deadlines.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.
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