LINGUIST List 29.2547

Fri Jun 15 2018

Jobs: Irish; Portuguese; Romanian; Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Post Doctoral Researcher, Madeira-ITI

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Date: 14-Jun-2018
From: M-ITI <>
Subject: Irish; Portuguese; Romanian; Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Post Doctoral Researcher, Madeira-ITI, Madeira, Portugal
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University or Organization: Madeira-ITI
Job Location: Madeira, Portugal
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of Audio/Voice User interfaces

Job Rank: Post Doc; Researcher

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Required Language(s): Irish (gle)
                            Portuguese (por)
                            Romanian (ron)


The Grassroots Radio team, led by the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (Madeira-ITI), seeks an experienced researcher with a background in computational linguistics, speech processing, network and/or information systems, software engineering, data science, or similar. You will be part of a team that is creating high-quality, open-source TTS voices, and performing quality control measures via an online crowd-building platform, among other development initiatives. You will also have the opportunity to produce original collaborative research and joint publications with other members of the network, as well as being afforded generous funding for travel to partner sites, and for attending conferences and workshops. While the emphasis of this work is on speech technology, a candidate with strong general technical skills would be able to learn many of the domain-specific approaches on the job.

We are currently looking to expand our team to enhance station platforms with localized text-to-speech (TTS) voices for the target regions, enabling community-owned stations to transform data (online weather RSS feeds, municipal Facebook events, local buy and sell ads, etc.) into media, along with tasks that support the development of community-oriented programming applications for contributing and managing content.

Brief description of the work plan: With the support of other members of the team, you will be responsible for: using web extraction techniques to scrape data from the web; running scripts in Festival, and other preparatory actions essential in the building of TTS voices; casting and recording voice talent; using Idlak tools to build DNN acoustic models; contributing to the development of an online crowd-building platform for evaluating TTS output and analyzing errors; helping to develop new ICT resources in cooperation with the project’s community actions/participatory design effort; and communicating and reporting within and outside the project.

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Legislation and regulations: The fellowships are directed to applicants under the law nº40/2004 of August 18th (Research Grant Holder Statute) and the current conditions established on the FCT regulations

Work place and Fellowship duration: The work will be conducted at Madeira-ITI, in Funchal, Portugal. The successful candidate is expected to join Madeira-ITI by 5 August 2018 (or as soon thereafter as possible). The initial contract will be for a period of 12 months, for potential renewable up to a maximum of 24 months, or until the end of the project if fewer than 24 months remain before the official project deadline.

Monthly stipend: The monthly stipend will be €1495/month, tax free, according to the amounts established by Portugal’s National Science and Technology Foundation, the FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia) at The social security is paid by the hiring entity.

Candidacy term and applications form: Applications will be open from 15 June to 4 July.
Applications should be sent by email to the application email below with the reference “GW/780890/2018-4”

Applications should be in English and must include:
- A motivation letter, including a cogent argument describing relevant aspects of your career trajectory, and how your knowledge and skill set are well suited to the position
- A full CV, including your name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment, and academic background
- The names of two professional references (e-mail addresses and phone numbers)

Application Deadline: 04-Jul-2018

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Sadia Hussain

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