[ 14. August 2010 ]

AUSSCHREIBUNG – Job Available: Senior Research Engineer in Virtual Acoustic Musical Instrument Synthesis

From: Eric Hirsh
Date: 2010 August 11 2:09:08 PM EDT
Subject: [AUDITORY] Job Available: Senior Research Engineer in Virtual
Acoustic Musical Instrument Synthesis

Zenph Sound Innovations, Inc. is a software company based out of the
Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina which seeks to
understand, and re-create human musical performance behavior.

We are now hiring for a senior research position in synthesis. You
may find the whole description here:

As well as a link to other available positions:

If interested, please send a CV and cover letter to ZenphJobs@zenph.com

Here is the text of the position letter:
Job Title: Senior Research Engineer, Virtual Acoustic Musical
Instrument Synthesis

Job Description and Key Responsibilities

You will research, develop and implement new sound-synthesis
algorithms for a variety of acoustic musical instruments, based on
novel strategies that merge physical modeling and sample-based
technologies. The context of this work will be to accurately re-
create the performances of specific musicians, achieving the utmost
sonic quality and fidelity to the musician’s intent.

Initial development efforts will focus on string and reed instruments,
plucked strings most immediately, and will proceed in close
collaboration with experts in articulatory gesture modeling for music
performance as well as experts in music production. The ideal
candidate will have an intimate knowledge, for any particular
instrument, of what aspects of its acoustic model are most important
to convey musical meaning and expressivity in the synthesis result.

Thrive in a fun, fast-paced, and informal working environment? To
this end you should be highly self-directed, yet capable of forming
close collaborative working relationships. Excellent oral and written
communication skills are a must.

Required Qualifications

Strong record of research innovation in physical modeling synthesis
with digital waveguides for acoustic musical instruments, with a
particular focus on string and reed instruments.
Proven focus on the sonic and musically expressive qualities of the
synthesis result.
Excellent mathematical and audio DSP abilities.
Excellent C++ coding skills for cross-platform development.
Extensive familiarity with music recording and production software
(e.g. Logic, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, ProTools), especially in
terms of integrating custom audio/MIDI/OSC processing capabilities
(e.g., CoreAudio plug-ins; Max/MSP patches) and interfacing with new
gestural controllers.
Demonstrated outstanding ability to perform innovative and significant
research in the form of technical papers, theses, or patents.
Ability to collaborate with expert consultants for specific musical
instruments when needed and manage the integration of their work into
the core technology

Desired Qualifications

A working familiarity with gesture acquisition systems involving
capacitive sensors, accelerometers / gyroscopes, and low-cost motion
Research experience in music cognition and performance behavior,
specifically enactive and ecological approaches.
Familiarity with source-filter (model-residual) decompositions and
applications in analysis-based sound transformation.
Experience with database programming for managing audio resources.

Education Requirements

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field,
with a research focus on computer music and musical acoustics.

This is a full-time position, working in Research Triangle Park in
North Carolina, USA. Excellent pay, stock options, and competitive
benefits. Remote work and part-time situations may be considered.

Interested? Contact us at: