Principal Transducer Engineer

Position Purpose

We're a global team looking for the best talent - no matter where. This job has the option of working from either our Cambridge, MA or Santa Barbara, CA office. For the right individual, Sonos will offer relocation reimbursement to either office.

Sonos is defining the ultimate listening experience. The Audio Systems Engineering team at Sonos is developing designs that define the sonic performance characteristics of Sonos products. We are seeking individuals that have an eye and an ear for details, are excited about innovative engineering designs and are curious about why things work (or don’t). We are looking for someone with an analytic mind coupled with a practical approach, with a passion to make things sound just right.

Have fun every day on this fast paced, creative team and help drive Sonos to new places in this space. If you love music, solving challenging problems and doing things the right way every time, we’d like to talk to you!

As a Principal Transducer Engineer at Sonos, you will:
Design transducers for our loudspeaker products, verify conformance of the designs to target, and take these designs into production.
Contribute to the overall acoustic system design of our Sonos loudspeaker products.
Partner with the entire product development team to ensure superior system performance. (DSP team, amplifier team, digital electronics team, system software and mechanical teams)
Interact closely with the Industrial Design team to ensure synergy between product design and audio performance.
Maximize the overall acoustical system performance within the target BOM cost
Work with Sonos mechanical engineers to create detailed mechanical files of acoustic and transducer systems
Drive and motivate team members and suppliers in USA/Asia facilities
Interface with manufacturing and QA organizations to ensure successful prototype and MP builds
Be a knowledge expert in relevant emerging technologies in the sound/acoustic and transducer industries
Guide/train Sonos manufacturing test team on proper assembly and test methods

Ideal candidate:
BSEE or BSME or BS in Acoustics or Physics.
Ten or more years’ experience in loudspeaker transducer design and engineering.
Exceptional knowledge in acoustic fundamentals.
Familiarity with integrated acoustic/electronic systems.
Basic understanding of amplifier design and Digital Signal Processing (DSP).
Understanding of statistical analysis, and DOE planning and analysis.
Demonstrated ability to deliver excellent products under a tight deadline in a startup environment.
Decisive, action-oriented team player who learns quickly, works independently, and takes ownership of open issues.
Experience driving reliability testing, to troubleshoot and solve reliability test issues.
Experience with a variety of acoustic test equipment such as: CLIO, LMS, Klippel, ETANI, LISTEN, Audio Precision, etc.
Ability to use simulation tools such as: LEAP, Spead, MatLab, FEA packages, Fine Cone, Fine Motor, COMSOL, etc., to model and predict transducer performance.

Extra Points:
MS Acoustics or Physics, MSME, MSEE
Experience in electrical design (analog/digital)
Experience with signal processing
High volume Consumer Electronics experience or Automotive OEM experience
Basic understanding of engineering tools (schematic capture tools, Pro Engineer, etc.)

More about Sonos:

In 2002, we set out with a goal – to reinvent home audio for the digital age. Our vision was simple - fill every home with music and make listening a valued experience again. We’re making it easy for everybody to listen to the music they love in every room of their home. To hear the songs they love, to discover new music they never knew existed, and to appreciate it all with the highest sound quality.

We’re doing it all over the world – In more than 60 countries, in seven languages through thousands of retailers. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve the experience – with new products, new software and continually investing in ways to provide our customers the best experience possible. We’re doing what we set out to do. Changing the way people listen to music – one home at a time.

Job Summary

  • Santa Barbara, CA, US
  • Cambridge, MA, US
Date Posted:
14 Sep 2014
Engineering Hardware