Researcher (Acoustics)


Geneva, IL

 Alion Designation: Acoustical Test Engineer- Asc.

Alion Job Opening ID:  24470


Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories is a NVLAP accredited ISO 17025 laboratory serving a great variety of customers in the global architectural, industrial and aerospace industries.  We seek to hire an Acoustician whom will help RAL continue to operate at the forefront of acoustical science and materials testing.  Both experienced and entry-level applicants are invited to apply.  Alion offers a competitive pay and benefits package with opportunities for advancement. 




The Acoustician will fulfill the following responsibilities for Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories:

  1. Conduct unique research and analysis projects for RAL, our clients, and the acoustics community.
  2. Write formal test reports for RAL test procedures in conformity with international test standards and the RAL Quality Management System. 
  3. Perform acoustical test procedures in conformance with the relevant national or international test standards and the RAL Quality Management System. 

    a). Field sound transmission measurements according to ASTM E336 and E1007
    b). Impedance tube acoustical measurements according to ASTM E1050, ISO 10534-2, ASTM E2611
    c). Sound power measurements and reference sound source calibrations according to ANSI S12.51 and S12.5.
    d). Other new standardized test procedures.

  4. Develop Standard Operating Procedures according to the latest ASTM, ISO and ANSI standards
  5. Perform customized acoustical measurement procedures to meet unique customer test requests. 
  6. Help the Laboratory Manager expand the Acoustician position to include new revenue opportunities for RAL and Alion. 
  7. On occasion, assist the lab experimentalist team with sound absorption and sound transmission loss test procedures.


Desired Skills 

The ideal candidate will exhibit the following:

  • A passion for acoustical engineering and materials science.
  • Strong technical writing skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Acoustical, Physics, or Mechanical fields.
  • Two years Acoustical engineering experience desired, but not required.
  • Strong technical knowledge in acoustics from previous work experience, internship or college program.
  • Personal integrity fitting for a scientific research facility; an individual contributor, who is self-motivated, and can work in a testing lab environment.
  • Demonstrated strong mathematical skills (Calculus II or higher desired)
  • Expertise with modern acoustical test instrumentation and software.  Familiarity with B&K pulse Labshop and 2270 Sound Level Meter.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Applications including Excel, Access, and Word.



  • Willing and able to travel to offsite/remote testing locations as needed.
  • You must physically able to lift 30 pounds unassisted, climb stairs and ladders, as well as be able to hear audible sounds and have good visual acuity.
  • US Citizenship required and the ability to obtain a DOD Secret clearance should one be necessary.

Diversity Statement

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. U.S. Citizenship Required.


How to Apply:

Candidates can apply through the following process: 

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Apply Now" (opens popup window)
  3. Search for Alion Job Opening ID:  24470
  4. Select the checkbox near Researcher (Acoustics)
  5. Click "Apply Now"
  6. Click “Register Here” to create a new user name and account
  7. Follow the remaining instructions on the application

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Date posted: Jul 19, 2017