Audio DSP Engineer (m/f)

SoundTalks develops and implements monitoring tools that are based on the automated analysis of sounds. Our launch product was an early warning tool for the automated detection of respiratory problems in fattening pig houses. Based on the continuous counting of coughs and sneezes, SMS or e-mail notifications are sent from the SoundTalks cloud to farmers and veterinarians. Early warning and appropriate action can lower the amount of antibiotics used and the amount of meat production that is lost.

SoundTalks is a 7-year-old spin-off of the KULeuven and the University of Milan. Currently our team counts 10 people, but we are on a fast growth track. We need your help to accelerate our growth and to be ready with new products as soon as possible!

SoundTalks is looking for an experienced audio DSP engineer (m/f) to join our team in Leuven, Belgium. If you are interested in making a difference in a young and innovative company, check out this opportunity and join us for our next adventures!

The role

As an audio DSP engineer, you will design and implement new audio algorithms. Your work on the audio algorithms is at the heart of our products. As a small and innovative company, SoundTalks strives for fast market introduction of all new developments according to the scrum framework. What is in for you: product ownership and definitely a clear impact on one of the most strategic parts of our innovations.
You co-execute our running R&D projects and you will generate ideas for future projects. Scientific contributions are presented on international conferences, where you can share the innovative work you do at SoundTalks with fellow audio DSP experts.
Your typical week would include designing, testing, implementing and validating audio algorithms.
In the first six months, you will work on the refinement of our existing algorithm for cough detection in pig houses, more specifically on:

  • Methods for the improvement of algorithm sensitivity on different locations
  • Extension of the existing algorithm towards cough detection in younger pigs
  • Expansion of the core set of sound features to build into the next generation of our sound analysing algorithms


  • Our ideal candidate is extremely passionate about audio algorithms, has a strong scientific background in digital signal processing, is result-driven and can work independently.
  • At least 3 years of quantitative experience in audio algorithm development
  • Masters or PhD degree in Electronic Engineering, Communications, Computer Science or related discipline with demonstrable industry experience.
  • Deep understanding in the application of the latest digital signal processing techniques
  • Proficient in Python. Matlab, C, C++, Gitlab or Java experience a plus.
  • Fluent in English. Dutch, French, Spanish or German are a plus.
  • Flexible team player with good inter-personal skills and an ability to work as a member of a team working on large and complex projects
  • An inquisitive attitude and strong analytical skills.
  • Agile development attitude
  • You are willing to take responsibility for the development of our products and you take initiative where needed.

Why SoundTalks?

Working for SoundTalks means you are part of a growing and international expanding company. Revenues have accelerated over the last couple of years and we face exciting times as our growth continues. When you join our team, you can experience the joy of innovative product development in an exciting environment where your own contributions will be valued and have a significant impact on the end product.


  • Competitive salary
  • Be part of a high-performance team, your contribution really matters.
  • Opportunities to grow along with our young company
  • Work in a unique atmosphere with motivated and result-driven co-workers
  • Enjoy the successes of new product releases, where you can make the difference.

Solicitation procedure

Interested candidates can take contact with Wim Buyens via e-mail.
Dr. ir. Wim Buyens, Head of R&D
SoundTalks NV
Ambachtenlaan 1
3001 Leuven