[Elsnet-list] job available ad: TTS Signal Generation Expert

Johan Wouters wouters at svox.com
Wed Jun 8 16:59:24 CEST 2005

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Title:                TTS Signal Generation Expert

Fields:               Speech Synthesis, Text-to-Speech
                      Digital Signal Processing,
                      Speech Processing

Application Deadline: open until filled

Employer:             SVOX AG

Job Description:

SVOX AG is a dynamic technology company specialized in
text-to-speech. We are seeking to add to our development
team a TTS expert with a proven track record in signal 
processing. You will create new unit selection voices for 
use with our state-of-the-art text-to-speech engine, 
interact with language specialists, and drive improvements 
at all levels of signal generation in the SVOX framework.

We invite applications from senior researchers 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 environment.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Drive innovation in unit selection based signal
  - preparation of text material
  - recording and sound engineering
  - transcription and segmentation
  - run-time unit selection algorithm
  - evaluation and quality control
- Quickly integrate into current SVOX development process
  for new voice databases and new languages
- Version control of signal generation components
- Contribute and implement new ideas for acoustic
  compression and parsimonious unit representation
- Design and implement new database development tools in
  collaboration with language specialists
- Interface with text analysis specialists and with sales

Qualifications and Required Skills:
- A degree (PhD or MSc) in computer science or electrical
  engineering and 5+ years experience in signal processing
- Outstanding programming skills in
  - 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
- Multi-lingual: knowledge of Scandinavian, Slavic, or Asian
  languages is a strong plus
- Excellent organization and communication skills
- High comfort level interacting with linguists, engineers,
  and sales
- 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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