[Elsnet-list] [ E-Job ] TTS Researcher (Speech Segmentation), SVOX, Switzerland

Marcel Riedi riedi at svox.com
Wed Dec 21 16:17:16 CET 2005

Title:                TTS Researcher (Speech Segmentation)

Fields:               Speech Synthesis, Text-to-Speech
                      Speech Segmentation, Speech Processing

Application Deadline: open until filled (cf. www.svox.com)

Employer:             SVOX AG in Zurich, Switzerland

Job Description:
SVOX AG is a dynamic technology company specialized in text-to-speech
and a leading provider of speech output solutions for the automotive
and mobile devices industries. We are seeking to (temporarily or
permanently) add to our research and development team a TTS researcher
with a proven track record in speech segmentation/alignment for TTS.
You will create new tools, algorithms and approaches for use with our
state-of-the-art text-to-speech engine and drive improvements at all
levels of the SVOX voice development process.

We invite applications from senior researchers and developers in the
TTS field as well as from promising new talents. As a successful
leader in the embedded text-to-speech market, SVOX offers highly
competitive salaries and benefits. SVOX provides a varied, full-time
position in an international, fast-paced, results-oriented

- Drive innovation in speech segmentation for TTS:
  - implement and optimize tools for automatic alignment of phonetic
    and prosodic events with studio-recorded speech
  - prepare speech and transcription material for segmentation
  - minimize manual steps in favor of a fully automatic segmentation
  - evaluate and control the effect of segmentation accuracy on TTS
- Contribute and implement new algorithms for all levels of TTS
- Interface with text analysis and language specialists, software
  developers, and sales
- Documentation and communication of results

Qualifications and required skills:
- A degree (PhD or MSc) in computer science or electrical engineering
  and 5+ years experience in speech segmentation and TTS
- Outstanding programming skills in
  - speech segmentation and digital signal processing (e.g. Matlab, C)
  - natural language processing (e.g. Prolog)
  - script writing (e.g. Tcl, Python)
- Experience in text-to-speech technology and unit selection on
  low-memory platforms

Personal requirements:
- Complete written and spoken fluency in English
- Excellent organization and communication skills
- High comfort level interacting with linguists, engineers, and sales
- Strong commitment to the job
- High quality standards
- Willingness to relocate to Zurich, Switzerland

E-mail contact: hr at svox.com

Address: SVOX AG, HR
         Baslerstrasse 30
         CH-8048 Zurich

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