LINGUIST List 29.1204

Thu Mar 15 2018

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics: Speech Scientist, Nuance Communications

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 14-Mar-2018
From: Lea Mencner <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics: Speech Scientist, Nuance Communications, Aachen, Germany
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University or Organization: Nuance Communications
Job Location: Aachen, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Speech Scientist (one year fixed-term contract)

Job Rank: Scientist

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics


As a member of the SpeechOutput team, you will work as Speech Scientist on prompt creation for Automotive customer projects. You will deploy your knowledge of computational linguistics and phonetics to support, facilitate and validate the results of prompt creation processes for customer projects. Moreover, your skill set will help you to understand the algorithmic and acoustic implications of each specific customization decision.

Furthermore, you will work on customization of TTS output according to customer requirements. You will design and integrate regular expressions for text transformations, prompt recordings, prompt tunings and transcription modification into a consistent delivery of the Speech Output Service.

- Analyze customer requirements and text specifications for TTS speech output
- Prepare and validate prompt project data
- Organize and supervise prompt creation and auditive QA (speakers, studios, language experts)
- Train and supervise language experts working on prompt creation on a phonetic transcription and intonation
- Create text transformation rules and dictionaries for TTS to satisfy customer requirements
- Integrate custom speech data into project deliveries, QA and validate results for integrated data
- Analyze issues reported by customers and fix by rules and other customization mechanisms
- Interact with developers to improve TTS output.
- Give feedback and provide ideas for tools development
- Perform tasks related to securing and keeping the products, tools, and processes that you are responsible for security

- Number of Years of Work Experience: No working experience needed, but adequate education at university is a must. Strong candidates with BSc degree and minimum 2 years work experience are also encouraged to apply.
- Background in computational linguistics, phonetics or similar, with affinity to speech technology
- Excellent English language skills (written and spoken)
- Logistics and organizational managing skills

Preferred Skills:
- Skills in German or another European language
- Experience with regular expressions
- Scripting Skills (Python or Perl)
- Experience with Text To Speech technology
- Experience with perceptual evaluation tests and statistics
- Experience with XML and/or other Markup Languages

Education: BSc or MSc degree in computational linguistics or phonetics or similar.

Application Deadline: This position has been filled (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Lea Mencner

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