[Elsnet-list] Speech Scientist position - Elsnet

Deanna Roe Deanna.Roe at nuance.com
Tue Nov 27 16:00:43 CET 2007

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Nuance is the leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.  Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance by calling directory assistance, requesting account information, dictating patient records, telling a navigation system their destination, or digitally reproducing documents that can be shared and searched.  With more than 2000 employees worldwide, we are committed to make the user experience more enjoyable by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Making each of those experiences productive and compelling is what Nuance is about.
To strengthen our International Professional Services team, based in London, we are currently looking for a

		Speech Scientist
Nuance Professional Services (PS) has designed, developed, and optimized thousands of speech systems across dozens of industries, including directory search, call center automation, applications in telecom, finance, airline, healthcare, and other verticals; applications for video games, mobile dictation, enhanced search services, SMS, and in-car navigation.  Nuance PS applications have automated approximately 7 billion phone conversations for some of the world's most respected companies, including British Airways, Vodafone, Amtrak, Bank of America, BellCanada, Citigroup, General Electric, NTT and Verizon. 
The PS organization consists of energetic, motivated, and friendly individuals.  The Speech Scientists in PS are among the best and brightest, with PhDs from universities such as Cambridge (UK), MIT, McGill, Harvard, Penn, CMU, and Georgia Tech, and having worked at research labs such Bell Labs, Motorola Labs, and ATR (Japan), culminating in over 300 years of Speech Science experience and covering well over 20 languages.
Come and join Nuance PS and work on the latest technology from one of the prominent speech recognition technology providers, and make a difference in the way the world communicates.
   Job Overview
As a Speech Scientist in the Professional Services group, you will work on automated speech recognition applications, covering a broad range of activities in all project phases, including the design, development, and optimization of the system.  You will:
* Work across application development teams to ensure best possible recognition performance in deployed systems
* Identify recognition challenges and assess accuracy feasibility during the design phase,
* Design, develop, and test VoiceXML grammars and create JSPs, Java, and ECMAscript grammars for dynamic contexts
* Optimize accuracy of applications by analyzing performance and tuning statistical language models, pronunciations, and acoustic models, including identifying areas for improvement by running the recognizer offline
* Contribute to the generation and presentation of client-facing reports
* Act as technical lead on more intensive client projects
* Develop methodologies, scripts, procedures that improve efficiency and quality 
* Develop tools and enhance algorithms that facilitate deployment and tuning of recognition components
* Act as subject matter domain expert for specific knowledge domains
* Provide input into the design of future product releases
	Required Skills
* MS or PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, Computational Linguistics, Physics, Mathematics, or related field (or equivalent)
* Strong analytical and problem solving skills and ability to troubleshoot issues
* Good judgment and quick-thinking
* Strong programming skills, preferably Perl or Python
* Excellent written and verbal communications skills
* Ability to supervise or mentor junior staff
* Ability to scope work taking technical, business and time-frame constraints into consideration 
* Works well in team settings in fast-paced environment
Beneficial Skills
* Strong programming skills in either Perl, Python, Java, C/C++, or Matlab
* Speech recognition knowledge
* Strong pattern recognition, linguistics, signal processing, or acoustics knowledge
* Statistical data analysis
* Experience with XML, VoiceXML, and Wiki

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