Vacancy for Research Engineer: Acoustic Modelling and Signal Processing

Posted: 15 March 2017

This is a full-time position at our offices in Bradworthy, Devon, U.K.



Key Tasks of the Role:

  • Acoustic propagation modelling
  • Estimation of target strength of different marine mammals
  • Development of forward and inverse acoustic models
  • Technical report writing on ambient noise monitoring and other radiated noise from industrial ocean sources
  • Sea-bed estimation using active acoustics
  • Dissemination of research updates at international technical conferences
  • Collaborating with cross discipline research colleagues and experts
  • Presentations to clients on progress updates




  • Ph.D. in Acoustics/Mechanical Engineering; nearing completion or gained a short time ago
  • Commercial experience at a managerial level; experience in acoustic signal processing in an academic or research setting and considerable experience with using MATLAB or other programming language
  • Commercial experience in using: APL-UW biostatic bottom scattering model, AcTUP, ray-tracing, seismic airgun modelling, etc. and established experience in acoustic propagation modelling
  • Experimental (either in sea or laboratory) or modelling experience on the estimation of acoustic target strength of different marine mammals
  • Experience of working in collaborative research in areas such as: chemistry (for example oceanic chemistry), biology, electromagnetism or satellite communications
  • Proven knowledge on design, development and use of acoustic sensors (such as hydrophones and transducers)
  • Commercial experience in delivering projects and technical reports for ambient noise monitoring in oceans; Commercial experience in product development and its life cycle stages such as: design and development of structures, mechanical design and strength analysis (for oceanographic equipment or otherwise)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (fluent in written and spoken English), with evidence of good presentation skills, as demonstrated by outreach activities and conference publications


  • Masters in acoustics/mechanical engineering with good research-based project work
  • Flexibility to work towards ever-changing project timelines
  • Experience with image processing and high-speed camera photography
  • Experience in commercial GUI development
  • Knowledge of acoustic inverse problem development in a commercial setting
  • Budget allocation and knowledge of financial management for commercial projects
  • Knowledge of 2D/3D CAD tools such as Catia, SolidWorks
  • Knowledge of mammal distribution
  • Enthusiasm to travel to survey locations and client meetings



The package on offer will be competitive for someone meeting all of the expected and some of the desired experience, in outline:

  • Salary of £30,000 per annum
  • Annual holidays of 25 working days, plus UK Bank Holidays
  • Company pension contribution of 5% of gross salary
  • Additional company benefits after probation period



Please e-mail with a copy of your CV and a covering letter by 5pm on 12 April 2017.