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LINGUIST List 20.2927

Sun Aug 30 2009

Jobs: Chinese, Mandarin & Applied Ling, Comp Ling: Researcher, SVOX AG

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        1.    Nana Liu, Chinese, Mandarin & Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics: Researcher, SVOX AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Message 1: Chinese, Mandarin & Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics: Researcher, SVOX AG, Zurich, Switzerland
Date: 28-Aug-2009
From: Nana Liu <liusvox.com>
Subject: Chinese, Mandarin & Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics: Researcher, SVOX AG, Zurich, Switzerland
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University or Organization: SVOX AG
Department: R&D
Job Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Web Address: http://www.svox.com/
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics

Required Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)


Position: Linguist - Cantonese and Mandarin
Ref. No. ZH-2009-28

Company Profile:
SVOX, a leading supplier of embedded speech solutions, has a reputation for
quality and customer focus. SVOX drives adoption of speech user interfaces
in automotive and mobile device industries. The company offers Speech
Recognition (ASR), Speech Output (TTS) as well as complete Speech Dialog
solutions. SVOX focus on quality and the use of flexible software
architectures allows for optimized embedded speech solutions that can be
easily tailored to customers' technical requirements and market needs. For
more information, please visit: www.svox.com.

The R&D team is highly international and dynamic, with world-class
expertise in software engineering, signal processing and linguistics. We
are looking to strengthen the team with a language specialist with the
responsibility of improving and further develop our suite of Asian
languages. Main focus will be on Cantonese and Mandarin, and our candidate
should therefore be a native speaker of Cantonese, also fluent in Mandarin.
The successful candidate will be experienced with all aspects of TTS unit
selection development in both these languages, backed up by solid
linguistic knowledge. You will also be experienced in supervising language
development projects, managing resources and time planning.

Tasks / Responsibilities:
-improving text analysis packages
-lexicon corrections
-text pre-processing corrections and additions
-phonological and morphological rule updates
-syntactical and prosodical rule updates
-improving signal generation packages
-analyzing and identifying problem units in the speech synthesis module
-setting up tools to replace or improve problem units
-managing language package update/development projects
-recruiting temporary language specialists
-supervision of development process, including:
-full text analysis
-speaker selection and evaluation
-corpus creation
-planning time and resources
-reintegrating results and version control
-responding to specific customer project needs

Qualifications and Expert Knowledge:
-Masters degree in linguistics
-2+ years industry experience in text-to-speech technology (both Unit
Selection and HMM synthesis)
-Experience with version control system SVN
-Experience with issue tracking system Trac
-Expert knowledge of DCG grammars
-Expert knowledge of two-level morphology
-Experience with writing finite-state transduction rules for phonology
-Experience with Linux tools
-Experience in supervising language development projects
-Experience in recordings for unit selection databases

Personal Requirements:
-Native speaker of Cantonese
-Fluent in Mandarin and English
-Proficient in German, additional languages are a strong plus
-Ability to quickly understand complex systems and processes
-Hands-on, team player, self-starter and analytic
-Profound interest in speech technology and natural language processing
-High quality standards
-Willingness to relocate to Zurich, Switzerland

Start date:
At earliest possible

Please contact Ms. Ariane Kobari (Tel. +41 43 544 06 00) or send your
application with reference number ZH-2009-28 to hrsvox.com (please see
additional application and contact information below).

Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Mailing Address for Applications:
Nana Liu
Baslerstrasse 30
Zurich 8048
Email Address for Applications: liusvox.com
Web Address for Applications: http://www.svox.com/Careers.aspx
Contact Information:
Ariane Kobari
Email: hrsvox.com
Phone: 0041435440612

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