Associate Test Engineer (Acoustics)

Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories

Location: Geneva, IL


Job Opening
Posted: 2019-11-07

Alion Job Opening ID: 31436

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 Acoustical Test Engineer 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 Test Engineer will fulfill the following responsibilities for Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories:

1. Conduct unique research and analysis projects for RAL, our customers, 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. Specifically:
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. Provide engineering support for RAL and our customers by developing customized test plans and performing non-standard acoustical measurement procedures.

6. 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:

• Personal integrity fitting for a scientific research facility; an individual contributor, who is self-motivated, and can work in a testing laboratory environment.

• A passion for acoustical engineering and materials science.

• Strong technical writing skills.

Education & Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Acoustical, or Physics fields.

• Two years Acoustical engineering experience desired, but not required.

• Strong technical knowledge in acoustics from previous work experience, internship or college program.

• Demonstrates 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 is a plus.

• Proficiency with MS Office Applications including Excel, Access, and Word.


• You must be 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.

• Position requires travel on occasion (approximately 10-20%) to various areas in the US and military facilities.

• 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.

How to Apply:

Candidates can apply through the following process:

1. Go to
2. Click “Search and Apply”
3. Search for Alion Job Opening ID: 31436
4. Select the Job Title “Associate Test Engineer (Acoustics)” near Geneva, Illinois
5. Click “Apply”
6. Complete the form and follow the instructions to upload your resume.
7. Follow any remaining instructions on the application

Feel free to contact if you have any questions.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Speech Processing in Noise

University of Connecticut Health

Location:  Farmington, CT


Start Date:  January 2020, or thereafter

Duration:  Initially 1 year with potential for extension

Salary:  Depends on experience, based on NIH range: benefits include health care, retirement contributions, and paid leave for vacation, personal days, holidays and sickness.

Application Process:  Please send your resumé, a one-page cover letter that describes your research interests and experience, a list of publications (copies of most relevant – optional), and contact information for three references to Dr Insoo Kim (

A Postdoctoral Fellowship is available in the Division of Occupational Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of Connecticut Health to investigate algorithms for improving speech intelligibility in environmental noise.  The work will involve simulating the noise of machines from known frequency spectra and creating speech-in-noise test files using MATLAB for replaying to subjects in listening tests.  The test files may be processed electronically to improve intelligibility before the psychoacoustic testing.  The position requires knowledge of, and practical experience with, speech or audio digital signal processing; proficiency with MATLAB and Simulink simulations, and; familiarity with psychoacoustic testing of speech intelligibility in noise, and with the development of embedded systems or digital signal processors.

The Fellow will participate in on-going research projects involving speech processing.  He/she will be responsible for implementing the algorithms for improving speech communication in noise, conducting all psychoacoustic tests used to establish proof-of-concept, and data analysis and interpretation.  The Fellow will also have opportunities to supervise graduate and undergraduate students.

Candidates should have good oral and written English communication skills, be capable of independent work as a part of a multi-disciplinary team, be able to work on multiple projects at the same time, publish results in academic journals and participate in grant proposal preparation.  They should have a Ph.D. degree in Acoustics, Electrical, Computer, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field with appropriate experience. The initial appointment is for a period of one year with potential for further extension. The review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.







178th Meeting Registration

Acoustical Society of America

178th Meeting

Chicago, Illinois

Registration for the meeting will open in January 2020

Program Manager for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Location: Seattle, WA


Title: Program Manager for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Midwater Assessment & Conservation Engineering (MACE) Program

Description: We seek an individual with strong leadership and science experience in the area of acoustic assessment of pelagic fish, an ability to mentor other scientists and foster teamwork, and the vision to enable the program to advance survey science and conservation engineering. The Program consists of ca. 15 permanent positions (including a second supervisor) assigned to midwater assessment and 3 permanent employees assigned to conservation engineering.  The Program conducts extensive acoustic-trawl surveys in Alaska and is nationally and internationally recognized for accomplishments in the area of acoustic assessment of pelagic fish, creation and application of innovative acoustic, trawl, and optical technologies for applied science, innovation to reduce bycatch in commercial fishing and minimize impacts of mobile fishing gear on the seafloor.

How to apply: The application period will be 11/18 – 12/2 and applications must be submitted through USAJobs.   Those who have not worked for the government should apply to announcement NMFS-AKC-2019-0069 and those who currently work for the government or have status from a past government position should apply to NMFS-AKC-2019-0068 (or both).  If interested in the position you may contact either Dr. Jeffrey Napp, Director, Resource Assessment & Conservation Engineering Division (206-526-4148;  or Dr. Patrick Ressler, MACE Acting Program Manager (206-526-4785;  U.S. Federal Government positions require U.S. citizenship.




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