Ford Motor Company Embedded Software Engineer - DSP technologies in Dearborn, Michigan


Job Title:

Embedded Software Engineer - DSP technologies

Job Description & Qualifications:

Position Description/Overview:

This position is responsible for the development and integration of DSP audio processing subsystems within Ford's SYNC infotainment system. This includes performing tasks throughout the entire software development life cycle – planning, requirements elicitation, design, implementation, integration, and defect resolution. The successful candidate will work within a multidisciplinary software development team alongside experts in DSP algorithm development, audio systems engineering, vehicle acoustics and tuning.


  • Develop, integrate, and support DSP audio frameworks, algorithms, and software components

  • Design and implement software components to manage DSP subsystem command/control, tuning, and audio I/O routing

  • Work with teams at Ford and technology partners to define control APIs and integration points between DSP and application processor subsystems

  • Participate in root cause analysis of hardware quality problems and software defects

  • Participate in system design, documentation, and testing to deliver a best-in-class infotainment system

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent

  • 3+ years of embedded software development experience in C/C++ for mobile or consumer electronics products

  • 3+ Experience in real-time systems, audio and acoustics principles

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent

  • Experience with C/C++ software development, profiling, and debugging for embedded DSP systems, including exposure to DSP instruction set architectures (ISA) and optimization techniques

  • Familiarity with GNU toolchain, and Unix: QNX, Linux, or equivalent POSIX-compliant operating systems

  • Experience with general-purpose microcontrollers and application processors such ARM Cortex-A or Cortex-M, and real-time OS concepts such as scheduling, memory management, and synchronization

  • Experience with OS drivers and kernel-level software supporting DSP subsystem management, audio I/O, and interprocessor communication

  • Familiarity with standards for digital audio peripheral control, I/O interfaces, and buses including I2C, I2S, and A2B

  • Familiarity with automotive ECU development, in-vehicle signaling and communication mechanisms such as CAN

  • Proficiency with revision control including: git, subversion, or equivalent

  • Experience with the development, implementation, and tuning of basic signal processing algorithms for vehicle acoustic processing and tuning, including: volume control, loudness, equalization, balance/fade, delay, upmixing and surround sound, limiters, and source mixing

  • Familiarity with concepts and control of advanced vehicle acoustic processing algorithms including handsfree (HF), active noise control (ANC) and engine sound enhancement/synthesis (ESE/ESS)

  • Experience working in multi-site software development teams

The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

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Ford Motor Company


Product Development

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Product Development