LINGUIST List 9.272

Mon Feb 23 1998

Jobs: NLP, French as L2, Automatic Speech Recognition

Editor for this issue: Anita Huang <>


  1. sljobs, Speech Recognition & Natural Language Processing
  2. Zwany Stoker, Bilingual Secretary
  3. Louis Boves, post-doc position in ASR at the Dept. of Language & Speech, Nijmegen

Message 1: Speech Recognition & Natural Language Processing

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 13:43:52 +0000
From: sljobs <>
Subject: Speech Recognition & Natural Language Processing

The Speech and Language group at Canon Research Centre Europe (CRE) is
expanding rapidly. We have a number of positions for exceptionally
talented research scientists and top quality software engineers.

Canon has 70,000 employees worldwide and is an acknowledged
world-leader in many markets, including cameras, photocopiers and
printers. Constant innovation underlies Canon's success and at CRE you
will have the opportunity to play a significant part in this.

The roles are at levels from fresh PhD/exceptional graduate to
experienced researcher/engineer. We are looking for people with a
first-class academic background in computer science, electrical
engineering, computational linguistics, physics, mathematics or
similar quantitative science, a high degree of curiosity and the
ability to learn quickly - self-motivated people who like to
continuously improve and excel.

We are looking for:

 Research scientists - with strong analytical and programming
 skills. A higher degree or similar experience in any of the
 following areas would be an advantage:

 - digital signal processing or image processing
 - speech recognition algorithms (particularly large vocabulary)
 - natural language processing or computational linguistics

 Software engineers - with excellent software engineering and
 programming skills using C/C++. Experience in any of the following
 areas would be an advantage:

 - project leadership
 - commercial software projects
 - software embedding on dedicated hardware
 - large robust software systems
 - speech recognition or signal processing
 - man-machine interaction

Successful candidates will join a high calibre team performing
research and work on practical implementations in the following
project areas:

 Speech recognition: we require researchers to further develop our
 compact speech recogniser and software engineers to integrate it
 into advanced products.

 Speech understanding: we require researchers to take leading roles
 shaping a young project on interactive voice driven technology. We
 also need software engineers for product integration of this

 Information retrieval: we require software engineers to work on
 implementations of our information retrieval technology for
 networked multimedia applications.

 Product conceptualisation and prototyping: we require software
 engineers with strong interest in user interface and product
 design issues to develop simulations and prototypes of new product
 concepts integrating our speech and language technologies.

We offer an excellent working environment and a highly competitive
salary and benefits package.

For a more detailed description of these job opportunities and further
information about CRE, please consult our web pages at:

To apply, please send your CV, with a covering letter stating which
position you are interested in, to:

 Paula Mason (recruitment)
 Canon Research Centre Europe Limited
 1 Occam Court
 Surrey Research Park
 GU2 5YJ
 United Kingdom

 fax: +44 (0) 1483 448845

Because of British law, preference will be given to applicants who
already have the right to work in the United Kingdom.
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Message 2: Bilingual Secretary

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 16:43:02 +1100
From: Zwany Stoker <>
Subject: Bilingual Secretary

Hi all,

LINGUASTAFF has a vacancy for a bi-lingual secretary in an
International Company in a southern suburb of Melbourne, using French
as a second language. Candidate needs to be extremely well organised
(to organise the boss as well as his local team of 7) and will be part
of a Sales team (45-50 nationally), have excellent WP W4W/95 skills
including Excel spreadsheet presentations and Powerpoint. She will be
virtually running the sales force, organising the meetings and
functions etc. Moreover, if and when the French language is needed it
needs to be of a high calibre for translations and/or correspondence
and the like. 

If you think you 'might fit the bill' as it were,
please contact us at any one of the facilities below. I will be
looking forward to receiving your personal details in order to assess
your chances. In any event it is good to register yourself with
Linguastaff in case you don't get this particular job. We will
consider you for any future possibilities once you're registered with
us. Ciao for now, hope to speak to you soon. Regards, Ms Zwany
Stoker, Manager. PS please visit our site for more details.

Foreign Languages Staff Placements Bureau (Established 1967)
Translating & Interpreting Commercial, Personal, Legal & Tech. Secretial
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Message 3: post-doc position in ASR at the Dept. of Language & Speech, Nijmegen

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 11:34:11 +0100 (MET)
From: Louis Boves <>
Subject: post-doc position in ASR at the Dept. of Language & Speech, Nijmegen


The Department of Language & Speech offers a two year post-doc position for
research in automatic speech recognition. 

The emphasis of the research must be on acoustic decoding. More
specifically, we are interested in the application of recent results from
research in auditory perception to automatic speech recognition. However,
we want to be able to integrate these results in the 'conventional'
Viterbi search engine found in state-of-the-art real-time HMM or hybrid
ANN/HMM recognizers. We believe that breakthroughs in ASR are only to be
expected from clever combinations of auditory based acoustic
pre-processing and local distance computation in the search.

The 'Automatic Acoustic Recognition Technologies' (A2RT) group at the
Dept. of Language & Speech consists of some 10 post-docs and PhD students
working on automatic speech and speaker recognition, mainly for telephone
applications. Individual research projects address topics like feature
transforms for channel normalization, local distance computation, noise
robustness, confidence measures, modeling of pronunciation variation,
spoken language dialogue systems, and text-independent and text-prompted
speaker verification. The group participates in several national and
international research projects and actions. 

Additional information on the research activities can be found by
consulting the following WWW sites:


for the Dept. of Language & Speech in general, and 


for information on the program on Language and Speech Technology funded by
the Dutch Research Council NWO.

We expect the research of the post-doc position that is advertised here to
contribute mainly to the three or four topics at the start of the list. 

If you are interested, send your cv, a list of relevant publications and a
concise indication of the research you would like to carry out to

It goes without saying that Nijmegen University is an equal opportunity
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