Dolby Laboratories

Staff Acoustics Systems Engineer

System Engineer in San Francisco, CA

Posted 2019-02-21

Acoustic System Engineer


Join the leader in entertainment innovation and help us design the future. At Dolby, science meets art, and high tech means more than computer code. As a member of the Dolby team, you’ll see and hear the results of your work everywhere, from movie theaters to smartphones. We continue to revolutionize how people create, deliver, and enjoy entertainment worldwide. To do that, we need the absolute best talent, people inspired by the rapidly expanding world of electronic media. We offer a collegial culture, challenging projects, and excellent compensation and benefits.

We are seeking an experienced Acoustic System and Transducer Engineer to work in the design and development of audio loudspeakers and integrated systems in consumer products. The successful applicant will be working with product development, engineering teams, and manufacturing partners to bring world class audio products from concept to market.

The candidate hired for this position will be part of an engineering team based in San Francisco that works with cutting-edge technologies in a fast-paced and creative environment. This team is responsible for developing innovative Dolby-branded consumer electronics, including the recently announced Dolby Dimension headphones. This unique position presents the opportunity for the right candidate to work with some of Dolby’s most advanced technologies, by incorporating them into innovative products and enabling direct-to-consumer experiences.


Be a technical leader who understands system architecture issues and contributes innovative ideas
Simulate acoustic systems and generate appropriate architectures to support performance requirements
Build, measure, and evaluate prototypes to demonstrate acoustic designs
Research and develop new ideas in acoustic systems architecture, transducer design and technology
Research, develop, and integrate best practices for acoustic measurements
Perform competitive product analysis and benchmarking
Generate and maintain technical specifications
Evaluate supplier capabilities

B.S. or higher in Acoustics, or Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent
5+ years of experience in the design and development of loudspeaker systems in the consumer market
Experience designing and modeling transducers and enclosures
Proficiency using loudspeaker design tools such as LEAP, LspCAD, AkAbak, Micro-Cap
Experience with loudspeaker test equipment such as Klippel, AP, Clio, SoundCheck
Familiar with anechoic chamber and near field acoustic measurement environments
Understands amplifier operation and designing integrated active speaker systems
Experience performing acoustic analysis with FEA software such as COMSOL, ANSYS
Understanding of transducer and speaker system manufacturing processes
Solid written, verbal and technical language proficiency
Self-motivated with the ability to perform design & development tasks with minimal oversight.
Great team player with strong verbal and written communication skills, and technical language proficiency.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse teams, both functionally and geographically.
Proven ability of working hands-on and multitasking.
Ability to travel domestically and internationally, with one or more trips per year.

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Company summary

Dolby is the leading developer of audio, imaging and voice technologies for cinema, home theaters, PCs, mobile, & games.

We're the rain on the roof in a movie. The music flowing through your earbuds when you're at the gym. The footsteps lurking behind you in a video game. The voice of a colleague on a call who seems to be right next to you. The sight of a breathtakingly bright and vivid sunset on your TV.

Making experiences come alive through technology is what we do. It's been our mission since day one.

It began with our founder, Ray Dolby, a visionary scientist and inventor. As a young engineer and music lover, he was driven to improve the listening experience. And with that simple motivation, plus countless hours of experimentation, he created a solution—a solution that was elegant and practical, highly sophisticated, and wholly devoted to the artist's vision. Even as we've become a global company, Dolby Laboratories continues to reflect Ray Dolby's values. Here, science meets art. And high tech goes far beyond computer code.

Founded in 1965 and headquartered in San Francisco, Dolby has grown into a leading global innovator and developer of audio, imaging and voice technologies for cinema, home theaters, PCs, mobile phones, and games. Our products include Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Dolby Voice, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision. Today, over 2,000 individuals around the globe share their talents and energy to enable the most immersive experiences that technology can deliver.


We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages in each of our locations around the globe, including some unique perks at many of our larger locations. For example, in San Francisco and London locations, we offer employees access to the latest movies in our on-site screening rooms.

One perk we don't offer: free dinner. We want you to be free for dinner.

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