Software Developer - Audio Processing for Smart Speakers & Connected Audio Devices

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros.

For over 30 years, the »Audio and Media Technologies« division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has been shaping the globally deployed standards and technologies of audio and moving picture production. Almost all consumer electronic devices, computers, and mobile phones are equipped with systems and technologies from Erlangen today.

Our »Semantic Spatial Audio Rendering« group develops advanced audio reproduction technologies that enable consumers to enjoy high quality spatial audio reproduction through easy-to-use, compact consumer audio devices – such as a new generation of connected, immersive smart speakers.

What you will do

You love programming and have a passion for smart audio reproduction devices?

Well, we have the ideal environment for it and even more!

As a software developer within our team, you will be using C/C++ to implement the latest algorithmic developments for spatial audio reproduction and optimize their performance. Additionally, you will evaluate software stability under real-time conditions and create specifications and technical documentation for new and existing software. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of audio enthusiasts and contribute to the development of cutting-edge audio technology.

We are looking for a new team member that…

  • has an interest in audio reproduction and the desire to challenge the state-of-the-art.

  • has the ability to quickly become acquainted with existing structures and new subject areas.

  • thinks pragmatically and can get things done to make products successful.

  • contributes to the development of new audio signal processing algorithms.

What you bring to the table

  • University degree in computer science, electrical engineering, mechatronics, mathematics, physics, or in a related field with the experience as outlined

  • Excellent C/C++ programming skills for real-time embedded applications

  • Expertise in optimizing, maintaining, testing, and quality assurance of existing C/C++ code / software

  • Expertise in signal processing, especially audio signal processing

  • Excellent communication skills in English, both verbally and in writing

We are also happy to welcome applications of committed Junior Professionals with basic knowledge and first practical experience from internships, student research projects or final theses.

What you can expect

Fraunhofer is not only the largest organization for applied research in Europe, but also a top-rated employer. How so?

  • Our institute culture: We want our colleagues to feel comfortable. Therefore, we constantly strive to ensure a friendly and supportive working atmosphere within our international team.

  • Exciting activities: With customers and partners across the globe, we provide an attractive working environment in a highly innovative key industry with exciting ventures and new experiences.

  • Room for creativity: We want to give our colleagues a generous amount of creative freedom, so that they can contribute and develop their own ideas.

  • Personal development: With top-of-the-range company equipment and regular training, we aim to provide the best possible working conditions and development opportunities for our colleagues.

  • Flexible working hours: Due to our wide range of offers, we make it easy for our colleagues to find a comfortable balance between their private and professional lives.

The position is initially limited to 2 years with the aim to extend it subsequently. The weekly working time is 39 hours. We value and promote the diversity of our employees’ skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD).

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future.

Intimidating? Don’t worry. We are an interdisciplinary team, looking to support career-oriented talents. Hence, do not hesitate to join the home of MP3, and send us your application! Please submit it (cover letter, CV and grade sheets) online (Software Developer - Audio Processing for Smart Speakers & Connected Audio Devices)!

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Claudia Kestler-Böhm

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS

Requisition Number: 63274