Principal Acoustic Engineer

Confidential Company  •  Los Angeles, CA

11 - 15 years experience  •  Energy / Alternative

$105K - $147K ($100K - $140K base + 5%, Equity)
Posted on 10/18/17 by Halvern Logan
Confidential Company
Los Angeles, CA
11 - 15 years experience
Energy / Alternative
$105K - $147K
($100K - $140K base + 5%, Equity)
Posted on 10/18/17 Halvern Logan

We are seeking a highly-motivated scientist or engineer with significant experience in the field of acoustics to add to our team.

This candidate will have a significant amount of acoustics experience including modelling, design of transducers, fabrication of transducers, non-linear propagation, theoretical and practical acoustics, and design of experiments to verify performance and simulation.

We pride ourselves on being a fast-paced, technically capable, and high-performing team that is developing ground-breaking technology. The acoustics lead will help drive the direction of the acoustics group, help educate the group in terms of general acoustics knowledge, and play a key-role in developing transducer technology.


  • The acoustics lead will direct acoustic experiments, design acoustic transducers, and be the overall lead of acoustic research that occurs within the firm.
  • Develop other Acoustics group members in various areas of acoustics physics, potentially including (but not limited to) non-linear propagation, phased-array systems, energy harvesting, transduction, test/measurement, impedance matching, instrumentation and beam-forming.
  • Design acoustic experiments to measure efficiency, output pressure, and transducer performance.
  • Set up acoustic measurements, prove experiment design, and analyze results.
  • Create new transducer designs in a variety of actuation technologies.
  • Understand the trade-offs of using one technology vs another.
  • Coordinate feedback between experiment and simulation.
  • Coordinate with the Acoustics Manager to determine the long-term goals of the Acoustics group.
  • Research state-of-the-art acoustic technologies and determine how they might influence our technology.
  • Ensure safety of the acoustic labs and the acoustics group.
  • Conceive novel ideas to maximize energy harvesting.


  • Post-graduate education in Engineering, Physics or an Acoustics-related field.
  • At least 10 years of industry experience in design of acoustic devices.
  • Experience in MEMS actuation, energy harvesting, or acoustic transducer design.
  • Must be well-versed in acoustic measurements.
  • Proficient in MATLAB.
  • Expertise in at least one of the following actuation technologies: piezoelectric, electrostatic, electromagnetic.
  • Experience developing 1D circuit models of various transducer designs.
  • Experience designing impedance matching layers in air or water.


  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Physics or Acoustics-related field.
  • Acoustics expertise in one of the following areas: medical acoustics, acoustic imaging, acoustic modelling, beam-forming, phased-arrays, non-destructive testing, electro-acoustics.
  • Modelling of acoustic propagation or non-linear acoustics experience.
  • Experience with various higher-level programming languages.
  • Experience with ANSYS or other FEA modelling programs.
  • Experience in parameterization and optimization of designs.
  • Experience in a wide range of actuation technologies such as CMUTs, PMUTs, etc.
  • Experience developing acoustic products.
  • Experience developing consumer products.
  • Experience with energy harvesting.



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