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Thu Jan 24 2019

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Phonology: Rank Open, Google

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 22-Jan-2019
From: Amanda Ritchart-Scott <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Phonology: Rank Open, Google, California, USA
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University or Organization: Google (via Adecco)
Job Location: California, USA
Job Title: Junior Linguist (Speech)

Job Rank: Junior Linguist; Rank Open

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonology


The role of the Junior Linguist is to contribute to a number of tasks to improve automatic speech recognition (ASR), text-to-speech (TTS), and mobile keyboard technologies. Areas include:
- Verbalizers for converting written domain to spoken domain (e.g. $5 → five dollars)
- Normalizers for cleaning & formatting language model training data
- Pronunciation rules and converters between phoneme inventories
- Creating and improving mobile keyboard layouts
- Rolling out features and testing infrastructure for new ASR & keyboard languages
- Documentation
- Annotating lexicon entries and providing phonemic transcriptions according to guidelines
- Evaluating current system outputs, finding errors, and providing suggestions for possible improvements

Minimum Requirements:
- Basic programming skills (e.g. Python, shell scripting, regular expressions, SQL, etc.)
- Knowledge of phonetics, phonology, morphology and lexicography including phonetic/phonemic transcriptions
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Attention to detail and good organizational skills
- Ability to work collaboratively in fast-paced, self-motivated work environment

Desired Skills:
- Degree in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, or related field
- Ability to quickly grasp technical concepts, learn in-house tools
- Keen interest in technology, computer-literate
- Fast and accurate keyboard typing skills
- Editing, grammar check, and proofreading skills
- Research skills

Project duration: 6 months (with potential extension). This is a fixed-term contract, not a permanent position.

This position is based in Mountain View, CA.

For immediate consideration, please email your CV and cover letter in English (in PDF format) with "MTV Junior Linguist" in the subject line, to the application email below.

Application Deadline: This position has been filled.

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Amanda Ritchart-Scott

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