LINGUIST List 11.208

Wed Feb 2 2000

Jobs: Comp Ling/Speech Scientists/Correction

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  1. Deb Grier, correction to ad placed yesterday

Message 1: correction to ad placed yesterday

Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2000 08:43:05 -0800
From: Deb Grier <DGrierconversa.com>
Subject: correction to ad placed yesterday

Please note the corrected email address 



 
 Conversa - Conversationalizing the Internet. Delivering solutions for
 interacting with computers, the Internet and communication devices by
 voice. Conversa brings the natural and universal interface of voice to
 PCs, PDAs, cellular phones and other electronic devices. By adding the
 human element to computing - and de-emphasizing typing, mouse clicking and
 touchtone dialing - we're making it easier for people to adopt
 conversational computing into their everyday lives.
 
 Our goal is to become the global standard for end-to-end solutions for
 internet/web based Conversational Computing(R). 
 
 Visit our website at www.conversa.com! We're a pre-IPO start up in
 Redmond, Washington. We have an entrepreneurial, casual work environment
 where successes both great and small are celebrated, excellent benefits
 (including stock options), lots of parties, concierge service, fully paid
 health insurance for the entire family and we encourage innovation through
 outstanding reward programs. If this is your kind of company, we should
 talk.
 
 Please submit your resumes to:
 speechtechnologistscareersconversa.com 
 
 Speech Scientist
 The successful candidate will help improve and create core technical
 resources and algorithms in the areas of speech recognition and>
 text-to-speech (TTS). The candidate will help to develop and apply
 objective techniques to measure technology improvements under conditions
 that reflect Conversa's products and markets. 
 Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
 *	Work with existing text-to-speech or speech recognition algorithms
 to extend and improve them
 *	Develop new algorithms for text-to-speech or speech recognition
 *	Extend algorithms and supporting resources for new languages
 *	Consult with developers on optimal application of the technology
 *	Consult with marketing to access potential new applications
 *	Perform any other duties which may be assigned or necessary
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 *	DSP, Statistics, Acoustic Phonetics, Search, algorithm design
 *	Knowledge of signal analysis tools
 *	C/C++, DSP programming, Windows, Unix
 *	Knowledge of multiple languages beneficial
 Education, Certification, Training and/or Minimum Qualifications:
 *	Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or
 related field
 *	At least 2 years experience with speech technology
 *	Previous experience with speech applications a strong plus
 Additional Information: 
 *	Able to work with limited supervision
 *	Able to communicate effectively with scientists, developers, and
 marketers
 *	Adaptable and Creative
 *	Self-motivated
 *	Willing to relocate to Redmond, Washington
 
 
 
 Software Engineer-Prosody
 The successful candidate will assist in the creation of prosodic models
 for multiple languages used by Conversa's proprietary text-to-speech
 engine. 
 Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
 *	Create prosodic models for multiple languages to be used by the
 text-to-speech system
 *	Extend prosody unit as necessary for specific languages
 *	Perform and any other duties which may be assigned or necessary.
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 *	Strong C programming skills on Windows 98/NT platform
 *	Thorough understanding of prosody and phonology
 *	Additional knowledge of linguistics or natural language processing a
 strong plus
 *	Knowledge of multiple languages a plus
 Education, Certification, Training and/or Minimum Qualifications:
 *	M.S. or equivalent in Computer Science or Linguistics
 *	Previous experience with speech applications a strong plus
 Additional Information: 
 *	Able to work with limited supervision
 *	Strong problem-solving skills
 *	Willing to relocate to Redmond, Washington
 
 
 Software Engineer-Text Normalization
 The successful candidate will extend the text normalization component of
 Conversa's proprietary text-to-speech and speech recognition system,
 including adapting the text normalization unit to process new languages. 
 Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
 *	Extend the text normalization unit to more flexibly process written
 text
 *	Specify text normalization rules for processing new languages
 *	Create other text processing components as necessary for specific
 languages
 *	Perform any other duties which may be assigned or necessary
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 *	Familiarity with basics of compiler design
 *	Knowledge of basics of phonology
 *	Strong C programming skills on Windows platforms
 *	Knowledge of multiple languages and their writing conventions a
 strong plus
 Education, Certification, Training and/or Minimum Qualifications:
 *	B.S., M.S., or equivalent in Computer Science or related field
 *	Previous experience with natural language processing a strong plus
 *	Previous experience with speech applications a plus
 Additional Information: 
 *	Able to work with limited supervision
 *	Strong problem-solving skills
 *	Willing to relocate to Redmond, Washington
 
 
 Software Engineer-Time Domain
 The successful candidate will create tools to analyze and manage recorded
 speech data. The candidate will create automated scripts for extracting
 data from large speech corpora and use digital signal processing
 techniques to adjust speech data. 
 Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
 *	Create tools for editing and managing large amounts of recorded
 speech data
 *	Perform and any other duties which may be assigned or necessary
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 *	Strong C programming skills on Windows 98/NT platform
 *	Strong understanding of DSP and signal analysis tools
 *	Knowledge of acoustic phonetics or phonology a strong plus
 Education, Certification, Training and/or Minimum Qualifications:
 *	B.S., M.S., or equivalent in Computer Science or related field
 *	Previous experience with speech applications a strong plus
 *	Ability to measure, publicize and promote improvements within the
 company
 Additional Information: 
 *	Able to work with limited supervision
 *	Strong problem-solving skills
 *	Willing to relocate to Redmond, Washington
 
 
 Speech Engineer-Lexicon
 The successful candidate will edit and enhance the lexical data files used
 by Conversa's proprietary speech engine for multiple languages. The
 candidate will also be responsible for part-of-speech training for
 different languages, and may assist with the training of other language
 components.
 Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
 *	Verify and correct data in lexical data files for multiple languages
 *	Write scripts for automating dictionary updates
 *	Edit part-of-speech corpora to ensure the successful training of the
 part-of-speech tagger
 *	Oversee part-of-speech training
 *	Perform any other linguistic duties which may be assigned or
 necessary
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 *	Fluency in at least one major European or East Asian language.
 Fluency in two languages preferred.
 *	Thorough knowledge of phonetics, phonology, or morphology.
 *	Familiarity with at least one text editor, including use of macros.
 *	Willingness to learn script programming. Previous experience with
 script writing a strong plus. 
 *	Education, Certification, Training and/or Minimum Qualifications:
 *	M.A., Ph.D., or equivalent in Linguistics or a specific language. 
 *	Previous experience with computer lexical work a strong plus.
 *	Previous experience with speech applications a strong plus.
 Additional Information: 
 *	Able to work with limited supervision
 *	Able to work on multiple projects simultaneously 
 *	Meticulous and detail-oriented
 *	Willing to relocate to Redmond, Washington
 
 
 
 Speech Engineer-Training
 The successful candidate will train Conversa's proprietary text-to-speech
 and speech recognition system from recorded speech corpora to accommodate
 new languages. Training will include the selection of an appropriate
 phoneme set, training of text-to-speech and speech recognition data files,
 and training of spelling-to-pronunciation rule set.
 Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
 *	Establish an appropriate phone set for each new language
 *	Design and conduct experiments to improve engine performance 
 *	Use in-house tools to train text-to-speech and speech recognition
 data files from recorded speech corpora
 *	Use in-house tools to train spelling-to-pronunciation data files
 *	Perform training of other data files as necessary
 *	Perform any other duties which may be assigned or necessary
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 *	Thorough knowledge of acoustic phonetics and phonology
 *	Knowledge of multiple languages a strong plus
 *	Familiarity with running programs in a Windows 98/NT environment
 Education, Certification, Training and/or Minimum Qualifications
 *	M.A., Ph.D., or equivalent in Acoustic Phonetics, Phonology, or
 Morphology
 *	Previous experience with speech applications a strong plus
 Additional Information 
 *	Able to work with limited supervision
 *	Strong problem-solving skills
 *	Willing to relocate to Redmond, Washington
 
 
 Software Engineer-Morphology
 The successful candidate will create a morphology engine for use in
 Conversa's proprietary text-to-speech and speech recognition engine. The
 candidate will also create data files for a variety of languages ranging
 from European to East Asian. 
 Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
 *	Create and test a language-independent morphology engine for
 predicting pronunciations and parts-of-speech of inflected words.
 *	Train the morphology engine to accommodate multiple languages.
 *	Perform any other duties which may be assigned or necessary.
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 *	Solid understanding of morphology
 *	Strong C programming skills on Windows 98/NT platform
 *	Familiarity with basics of linguistics
 *	Experience with natural language processing a strong plus
 *	Knowledge of multiple languages a plus
 Education, Certification, Training and/or Minimum Qualifications:
 *	M.S. or equivalent in Computer Science
 *	Previous experience with speech applications a strong plus
 Additional Information 
 *	Able to work with limited supervision
 *	Self-motivated
 *	Willing to relocate to Redmond, Washington
 
 
 Natural Language Processing Scientist
 The successful candidate will help improve and create core technical
 resources and algorithms in Natural Language Processing as needed in the
 development of Conversational Computing. The candidate will help create
 advances in language modeling, semantic processing, dialog modeling, and
 knowledge representation to improve and extend Conversa's products.
 Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
 *	Work with existing algorithms to extend and improve them
 *	Create next generation interfaces for conversation creation
 *	Develop new algorithms for semantic processing and dialog modeling
 *	Extend algorithms and supporting resources for new languages
 *	Consult with developers on optimal application of the technology
 *	Consult with marketing to access potential new applications
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 *	NLP, Statistics, Acoustic Phonetics, Search, algorithm design
 *	Experience with automatic learning and syntactic tagging systems
 *	Knowledge of existing NLP tools desired
 *	C/C++, DSP programming, Windows, Unix
 *	Knowledge of multiple languages beneficial
 Education, Certification, Training and/or Minimum Qualifications
 *	Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer Science, Linguistics, or related
 field
 *	At least 2 years experience in Natural Language Processing
 *	Previous experience with speech processing and applications a plus
 *	Ability to measure, publicize and promote improvements within the
 company
 Additional Information 
 *	Able to work with limited supervision
 *	Able to communicate effectively with scientists, developers, and
 marketers
 *	Adaptable and Creative
 *	Self-motivated
 *	Willing to relocate to Redmond, Washington
 
 
 
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