LINGUIST List 8.1329

Sun Sep 21 1997

FYI: Motorola Internship in Speech Synthesis

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  1. Erica Zeinfeld, Motorola Internship Announcement

Message 1: Motorola Internship Announcement

Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 17:17:18 -0500
From: Erica Zeinfeld <>
Subject: Motorola Internship Announcement

MOTOROLA is a leading provider of wireless communications,
semiconductors, and advanced electronic systems, components,
and services.

The Speech Synthesis and Machine Learning Group at
Motorola's Corporate Research Laboratory in Schaumburg would
like to announce an immediate opening in their student
internship program (open to students working toward their

The Speech Synthesis Group at Motorola has developed a world-
class, multi-language, text-to-speech synthesizer. Based on
innovative neural networks and signal processing
technologies, our synthesizer produces more natural sounding
speech than that obtained from traditional speech synthesis
methods. A very significant contribution to the overall
quality of our synthesized speech comes from the training
database supplied to the neural networks.

Position Description:
This full-time, paid internship position entails detailed
labeling of spectrograms and waveforms for a large speech
database. The successful candidate will also be asked to
perform listening tests to rate various text-to-speech
The initial term of the internship is six months, but
extensions are possible.

Candidate's Qualifications:
* Experience in reading spectrograms and assigning
 accurate phonemes and intonation information to utterances
 (recent, successful completion of an Introductory Phonetics
 course may be sufficient)
* Native competency in English; competency in languages
 other than English is also desirable
* Knowledge of ToBI labeling guidelines and/or labeling
 tools is a big plus, and will weigh heavily in an
 applicant's favor
* Basic familiarity with MS-DOS/Windows 95/NT is
 required, familiarity with UNIX is helpful
* Must be a self-motivated, detail-oriented, consistent
 and efficient individual
* Good written and oral communication skills

Please address cover letters and resumes to:
 Corporate Staffing Department
 Reference "Karaali"
 Req.#: KP0018
 1303 E. Algonquin Rd.
 Schaumburg, IL 60196

Or Fax (be sure to include above Reference and Req.#) to:

Motorola is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative
Action employer. We welcome and encourage diversity in our
workforce. Proof of identity and eligibility to be employed
in the United States is required.

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