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Job Announcement: University of Geneva

German; Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Natural Language Processing; Dialectology: Programmer, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland


Employer: University of Geneva
Department of Linguistics
http://www.unige.ch/lettres/linguistique
Job Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Title: Specialist in Speech Processing
Rank: Programmer
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Computational Linguistics
Phonetics
Natural Language Processing; Dialectology
Language Specialty: German
LL Issue: 24.2452
Date Submitted: 17-Jun-2013
Job Description: The CUI/ University of Geneva seeks a qualified candidate for one specialist in speech recognition for dialect identification for a period of 6 months (class 13; 5988.-). Depending on hiring rate (100% to 50%), the contract will be extended up to 12 months.

In the context of a newly granted Swiss National Science Foundation Agora project, the CUI will collaborate with the Phonetischen Laboratorium of Universität Zurich (UZH) on "Swiss VoiceApp - Your voice. Your identity.” The project will combine speech recognition and processing as well as linguistic knowledge to provide a smart phone application for Swiss German dialect recognition and some information on the user’s voice.

The main task of successful candidate will be the development of speech recognition engine based on speech corpora of dialectal variants. Knowledge of speech software, namely HTK and Praat, are highly recommended.

Applicant should possess a master’s degree or an engineering diploma in computational linguistics, or in computer science but with strong knowledge of speech processing. Given the focus on Swiss German dialects, preference will be given to speaker of German.

The start date is expected to be during autumn/ winter 2013; the position will remain open until filled.

Contact
Please send (1) your CV, (2) a copy of your degree(s), (3) a short letter explaining that your skills and your interests fit in the project, to Jean-Philippe Goldman, before July 31th 2013, preferably electronically or by mail.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Application Address: Jean-Philippe  Goldman
CUI / UNI-Rondeau
Carouge    1227
Switzerland 
Contact Information: Jean-Philippe  Goldman
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