LINGUIST List 27.2190

Thu May 12 2016

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Senior Research Scientist, Nuance Communications

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 11-May-2016
From: Lea Mencner <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Senior Research Scientist, Nuance Communications, Aachen, Germany
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University or Organization: Nuance Communications
Job Location: Aachen, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Senior Research Scientist, Language Modeling

Job Rank: Scientist

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


At Nuance Communications, everything we do is focused on developing the most human, natural, intuitive ways to use your voice to take command of information. Our people and our technology have pioneered the highest functioning speech software in the world, ceaselessly perfecting the ability for machines to recognize and emulate the human voice. We design and deliver technologies that intuitively link man, machine and the global storehouse of knowledge to help companies and consumers work seamlessly and intelligently with the world.

Understand the usage patterns of Nuance customers via big data analysis; build models to improve core ASR accuracy of individual products; contribute to the model building codebase, including our deep learning toolkit; and stay current on state-of-the-art algorithms in related fields

Your Responsibilities:

- Conducting experiments to assess the quality of language models and study the effect of language modeling variants and ancillary natural language processing technology (such as auto-punctuation) on speech recognition accuracy.
- Identifying, optimizing, and clustering training data.
- Analyzing product usage data in order to identify areas of possible improvement or enhancement of language modeling process, method, and NLP techniques.
- Implementation of improved training recipes and NLP prototypes utilizing C/C++, Perl, and Python.
- Discussing and presenting ideas and results within the team, reporting progress on a regular basis
- Improving language modeling performance in multiple languages

Number of Years of Work Experience: 2+ years of professional development experience preferred

Your Profile:

Required Skills:

- Background in speech technology, statistical machine translation, or natural language processing
- Excellent programming skills (C/C++, Python) with knowledge of standard data structures and algorithms
- Experience using Unix/Linux and shell scripting
- Solid written and oral communication skills (English)

Preferred Skills:

- Explicit (industry or academic) experience with large vocabulary speech recognition
- Expertise in one or more of the following areas: machine learning, statistical modeling, deep learning, numerical optimization, data mining, algorithm design, software engineering, computational linguistics
- Experience in research management

Education: Advanced degree (PhD) in computer science, computational linguistics, applied mathematics, or a related field

Application Deadline: 31-Jul-2016 (Open until filled)

Contact Information:
Lea Mencner

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