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LINGUIST List 23.4781

Fri Nov 16 2012

Jobs: Modified: 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: Modified: 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: Phonetics


Description:

**Please note the job description has been modified.

Speech Graphics (Edinburgh, UK) has developed the first high-
fidelity lip-sync solution driven by audio. Based on two decades of
research and development in articulatory dynamics, facial modelling,
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:
We are looking for a dynamic, talented and driven individual with a
love for phonetics as well as the adaptability to learn on the job and
take on new roles. You will work directly with the CTO to help operate
our audio-driven speech animation services and contribute to our
research and development projects.

Service Operations:
- Learn our articulation model, animation system, procedures and
principles
- Use in-house software and your expertise to set up speech models,
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

R&D Opportunities:
- 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:
- A post-graduate degree in linguistics or related field, with
concentration in phonetics
- Theoretical understanding of coarticulation and speech production
- 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 Desirable Skills and Experience:
- Experience in computational linguistics and/or speech technology
- Data- and observation-driven research experience, especially
using articulatory data
- Team leadership and/or management experience
- Practical and/or theoretical knowledge of multiple languages
- Native English speaker
- Moderate programming skills

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

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

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