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LINGUIST List 18.3692

Tue Dec 11 2007

Jobs: English & Computational Ling: Scientist, Nuance Communications

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        1.    Deanna Roe, English & Computational Linguistics: Scientist, Nuance Communications, London, UK

Message 1: English & Computational Linguistics: Scientist, Nuance Communications, London, UK
Date: 10-Dec-2007
From: Deanna Roe <deanna.roenuance.com>
Subject: English & Computational Linguistics: Scientist, Nuance Communications, London, UK
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University or Organization: Nuance Communications
Job Location: London, United Kingdom
Web Address: http://www.nuance.com
Job Rank: Scientist

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)


Speech Scientist, London, UK

Nuance Professional Services (PS) has designed, developed, and optimized
thousands of speech systems across dozens of industries, including
directory search, call center automation, applications in telecom, finance,
airline, healthcare, and other verticals; applications for video games,
mobile dictation, enhanced search services, SMS, and in-car navigation.
Nuance PS applications have automated approximately 7 billion phone
conversations for some of the world's most respected companies, including
British Airways, Vodafone, Amtrak, Bank of America, BellCanada, Citigroup,
General Electric, NTT and Verizon.

The PS organization consists of energetic, motivated, and friendly
individuals. The Speech Scientists in PS are among the best and brightest,
with PhDs from universities such as Cambridge (UK), MIT, McGill, Harvard,
Penn, CMU, and Georgia Tech, and having worked at research labs such Bell
Labs, Motorola Labs, and ATR (Japan), culminating in over 300 years of
Speech Science experience and covering well over 20 languages.

Come and join Nuance PS and work on the latest technology from one of the
prominent speech recognition technology providers, and make a difference in
the way the world communicates.

Job Overview
As a Speech Scientist in the Professional Services group, you will work on
automated speech recognition applications, covering a broad range of
activities in all project phases, including the design, development, and
optimization of the system. You will:
- Work across application development teams to ensure best possible
recognition performance in deployed systems
- Identify recognition challenges and assess accuracy feasibility during
the design phase,
- Design, develop, and test VoiceXML grammars and create JSPs, Java, and
ECMAscript grammars for dynamic contexts
- Optimize accuracy of applications by analyzing performance and tuning
statistical language models, pronunciations, and acoustic models, including
identifying areas for improvement by running the recognizer offline
- Contribute to the generation and presentation of client-facing reports
- Act as technical lead on more intensive client projects
- Develop methodologies, scripts, procedures that improve efficiency and
- Develop tools and enhance algorithms that facilitate deployment and
tuning of recognition components
- Act as subject matter domain expert for specific knowledge domains
- Provide input into the design of future product releases

Required Skills
- MS or PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, Computational Linguistics,
Physics, Mathematics, or related field (or equivalent)
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills and ability to troubleshoot
- Good judgment and quick-thinking
- Strong programming skills, preferably Perl or Python
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Ability to scope work taking technical, business and time-frame
constraints into consideration
- Works well in a team and in a fast-paced environment

Beneficial Skills
- Strong programming skills in either Perl, Python, Java, C/C++, or Matlab
- Speech recognition knowledge
- Strong pattern recognition, linguistics, signal processing, or acoustics
- Statistical data analysis
- Experience with XML, VoiceXML, and Wiki
- Ability to mentor or supervise others
- Additional language skills, eg French, Dutch, German, Spanish

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Email Address for Applications: deanna.roenuance.com
Contact Information:
Deanna Roe
Email: deanna.roenuance.com
Phone: +44 207 922 5757

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