LINGUIST List 25.5081

Sat Dec 13 2014

Jobs: English; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology: Linguist, / IVONA Software

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 12-Dec-2014
From: Marco Nicolis <>
Subject: English; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology: Linguist, / IVONA Software
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University or Organization: / IVONA Software
Job Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: UK English computational linguist

Job Rank: Computational linguist; Other

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology

Required Language(s): English (eng)


As a Computational Linguist you will work alongside Software Developers who are subject matter experts in speech synthesis and related fields. You are expected to have solid knowledge of computational linguistics as well as knowledge of phonetics/phonology. You will be working on a variety of tasks to improve natural language processing of TTS (text-to-speech). You will actively collaborate with Software Developers with linguistic expertise throughout the whole language and voice building process at Ivona/Amazon.

Project duration: 9-18 months, with the possibility of turning the position into a permanent one.

The tasks include:
- Normalizing textual resources through regular expressions.
- Creating accurate phonetic transcriptions for UK English.
- Creating natural language test cases for natural language processing modules.
- Labeling text with semantic, syntactic and morphological features
- Annotating lexicon entries according to guidelines.
- QA of TTS voices and linguistic data.

Essential skills:
- Native speaker of UK English.
- Degree in Computational Linguistics or similar.
- Solid knowledge of regular expressions.
- Solid knowledge of English phonetics and phonology.
- Knowledge of command line tools under Unix.
- Knowledge of scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python).
- Familiarity with software version control tools (e.g. Git).
- Solid communication skills.
- Strong personal interest in learning, researching, and creating new technologies related to foreign languages, linguistics, phonetics, phonology and language technology.
- Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work environment.
- Comfort with multiple computing platforms (Unix, Mac, Windows), and in particular ability to use the command line interface.

The job location can be carried out either from our Cambridge, UK offices or our Gdansk, Poland offices.

Application Deadline: 31-May-2015 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Marco Nicolis

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