LINGUIST List 26.5042

Wed Nov 11 2015

Jobs: English; German; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology: Language Engineer, Nuance Communications

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 10-Nov-2015
From: Nicki Myddleton-Jones <>
Subject: English; German; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology: Language Engineer, Nuance Communications, Zurich, Switzerland
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University or Organization: Nuance Communications
Job Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Web Address:
Job Title: Language Engineer (12 month contract)

Job Rank: Language Engineer (12 month contract); Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology

Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            German (deu)


To strengthen our Research and Development team we are looking for a junior computational linguist. The ideal candidate has an outstanding academic record, experience with language technologies, and enjoys product oriented work. You will develop language and voice data for Nuance’s flagship text-to-speech system, Vocalizer. The technology you will work on is deployed in the majority of cars and speech-enabled mobile devices on the market today, and is used by global enterprises and healthcare providers. The position will be initially for 12 months and can be in Ghent (Belgium) or as a student internship in Zürich (Switzerland).

Core Duties

- Development of linguistic components for various languages and tasks, including text normalization, morphological analysis, syntactic analysis, and prosody prediction
- Adoption of data-driven techniques and NLU approaches to refine or replace rule-based approaches
- Improvement of processes for testing and evaluation of linguistic components
- Responding to reported issues reported from deployed systems, analyzing, fixing and releasing
- Managing improvement and customization projects of various scope and team sizes

Number of Years of Work Experience: Recent MSc graduates are encouraged to apply

Required Skills:

- The successful candidate is a team player and a fast learner with an analytical mindset and a pragmatic approach to problem solving
- Computational linguistics
- Phonetics and phonology
- Ability to work in distributed teams
- High proficiency in written and spoken English
- Must be native German or native North American

Preferred Skills:

- Mathematical background and understanding of statistical learning techniques
- Experience with text-to-speech (TTS), automatic speech recognition (ASR), natural language understanding (NLU), statistical machine learning techniques
- Experience with version control systems (e.g. hg, svn)
- Scripting and programming skills in Python
- Near-native proficiency in several languages


MSc in linguistics, computational linguistics, computer science, or equivalent

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

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Nicki Myddleton-Jones

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