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LINGUIST List 20.3556

Thu Oct 22 2009

Jobs: English, Prosody & Speech Technology; Researcher, Perceptral LLC

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        1.    Jonathan Pearl, English & Indo-European & Prosody & Speech Technology: Researcher, Perceptral LLC, USA, Wisconsin

Message 1: English & Indo-European & Prosody & Speech Technology: Researcher, Perceptral LLC, USA, Wisconsin
Date: 20-Oct-2009
From: Jonathan Pearl <jobsperceptral.com>
Subject: English & Indo-European & Prosody & Speech Technology: Researcher, Perceptral LLC, USA, Wisconsin
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University or Organization: Perceptral LLC
Department: Research & Development
Job Location: Wisconsin, USA
Web Address: http://perceptral.com
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Prosody & Speech Technology

Required Language(s): English (eng)


The Company
Perceptral was founded in May 2008 by Dr. Jonathan Pearl to become the
premier sound technology firm with a focus on improved handling of speech
prosody. A great wealth of information, naturally encoded in speech and
normally accessible to human listeners is not exploited in human-machine
interactions, remains unavailable to the hearing and vocally impaired who
use technology to complete communication, and lies beyond the reach for
business, information, and entertainment functions. The ability to produce
high-quality, realistic, flexible, and animated voices eludes current
providers, because the means to capture, classify, and synthesize these
elements of speech have not been commercially developed. The promise of
Perceptral's technology is to fill this unmet need.

The Opportunity
We seek a Linguist to join our team of Researchers beginning early 2010.
The ideal candidate will have knowledge and expertise in one or more of the
following areas: Speech Prosody; Discourse Analysis and Transcription;
Voice Recognition and Synthesis; Psycholinguistics, in particular sound
perception, analysis, and testing; Computational Linguistics with
experience in pattern matching, database design and management.

Current and pending efforts cover a range of issues: high-quality speed
variability in speech synthesis; speech compression & decoding;
human-computer interaction; automated transcription of prosody and
turn-taking cues. Interdisciplinary and eclectic researchers, and recent
PhDs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interest in transforming cutting-edge sound perception research into
practical applications in speech technology is essential. Familiarity with
MATLAB; TTS; voice recognition, identification, and security; open source
software, and programming are helpful. Success in proposing and receiving
grants, knowledge of SBIR/STTR funding mechanisms, and eagerness in working
for a startup preferred. Authorization to work in the United States is
required. Salary competitive and commensurate with experience. Excellent
benefits and performance bonuses. Great potential for advancement and growth.

The Location
Perceptral is based in Racine, Wisconsin, alongside Lake Michigan, between
Milwaukee and Chicago. Twenty minutes from Mitchell International Airport
in Milwaukee and just over an hour from Chicago O'Hare, travel is
convenient to and from the region. The area affords an abundance of
year-round recreation and entertainment. Racine hosts a vibrant arts,
music, and cultural community. The city's population is just under 80,000.
The median home cost in Racine is around $120,000. Racine's cost of living
is about 15% below the U.S. average. Wisconsin was recently ranked number
one among all fifty states in the nation for health care quality.

Contact Us
For inquiries and submissions, forward a CV and a cover letter addressing
your background and interests to the email address below. For more details
about the positions or Perceptral, please visit our website at the URL
below. Sample publications or presentations that touch on these matters are
not necessary but may be submitted if they support your application.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Email Address for Applications: jobsperceptral.com
Contact Information:
Dr. Jonathan Pearl
Email: jobsperceptral.com
Phone: 262-898-1258
Fax: 262-898-8287
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