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LINGUIST List 23.3977

Tue Sep 25 2012

Jobs: Comp Ling; Phonetics: Senior Phonetician, Speech Graphics Ltd.

Editor for this issue: Sarah Fox <sarahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 25-Sep-2012
From: Michael Berger <bergerspeech-graphics.com>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics: Senior Phonetician, Speech Graphics Ltd, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: Speech Graphics Ltd
Job Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Web Address: http://www.speech-graphics.com
Job Rank: Senior Phonetician

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics


Description:

Speech Graphics has developed the first high-fidelity lip-sync solution driven
by audio. Based on two decades of research and development in articulatory
dynamics, facial modeling, speech recognition and computer graphics, our
award-winning technology is helping us to become the leading lip sync
provider for next-gen games, as well as for language instruction, speech
therapy, and a spectrum of developing applications. We are a highly
interdisciplinary team that seeks talented, driven individuals from various
fields. We offer an exciting startup environment where individuals can have a
major impact on the direction of the company and have a share in its
success.

Job Description:
You will work directly with the CTO to operate our audio-driven speech
animation services and contribute to our research and development projects.
Service operations will involve the following tasks:
- Learn our models, systems, procedures and principles
- Use in-house software and procedures to set up client facial models for
speech, generate speech animation, perform quality control on acoustic
analyses, and fine-tune articulation patterns
- Work directly with clients, and manage client assets from start to delivery
- Manage quality-control staff and perform final quality control pass
- Meet service deadlines and estimate delivery for multiple projects running
in parallel
- Maintain service records and write reports

Research and development tasks may include the following:
- Research in diverse areas such as phonetics, acoustic analysis, visual
speech, speech recognition and facial modeling
- Work on dictionaries and phonological and morphological rule sets in
multiple languages and dialects
- Propose development projects to improve animation quality and throughput

Key Requirements:
Much of your responsibilities will revolve around maximizing quality for large
amounts of animated speech, which will require a keen eye, in-depth
knowledge of articulatory processes, and a thorough understanding of our
models. The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:
- A post-graduate degree in linguistics or related field, preferably with
concentration in phonetics/phonology
- Theoretical understanding of coarticulation and related phenomena
- Proficiency in acoustic analysis using Praat
- Keen ear and eye for phonetic nuances and attention to detail
- Extremely high standards, pride in work, self-motivation, and creative
thinking
- Willingness to put in extra effort and hours when needed as befits a young
startup environment and service business with tight deadlines

Other Preferred Skills:
- Background in computational linguistics and/or speech technology
- Programming skills
- Team leadership and/or management experience
- Practical and/or theoretical knowledge of multiple languages
- Native English speaker

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications: bergerspeech-graphics.com
Contact Information:
Michael Berger
Email: bergerspeech-graphics.com

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