[Elsnet-list] place a job ad: Linguist - Cantonese and Mandarin

Nana Liu liu at svox.com
Fri Aug 28 12:29:23 CEST 2009

Position: Linguist - Cantonese and Mandarin

Ref. No. ZH-2009-28


Company Profile:

SVOX, a leading supplier of embedded speech solutions, has a reputation for
quality and customer focus. SVOX drives adoption of speech user interfaces
in automotive and mobile device industries. The company offers Speech
Recognition (ASR), Speech Output (TTS) as well as complete Speech Dialog
solutions. SVOX focus on quality and the use of flexible software
architectures allows for optimized embedded speech solutions that can be
easily tailored to customers' technical requirements and market needs. For
more information, please visit: www.svox.com.

The R&D team is highly international and dynamic, with world-class expertise
in software engineering, signal processing and linguistics. We are looking
to strengthen the team with a language specialist with the responsibility of
improving and further develop our suite of Asian languages. Main focus will
be on Cantonese and Mandarin, and our candidate should therefore be a native
speaker of Cantonese, also fluent in Mandarin. The successful candidate will
be experienced with all aspects of TTS unit selection development in both
these languages, backed up by solid linguistic knowledge. You will also be
experienced in supervising language development projects, managing resources
and time planning.


Tasks / Responsibilities:

. improving text analysis packages

               - lexicon corrections

               - text pre-processing corrections and additions

               - phonological and morphological rule updates

               - syntactical and prosodical rule updates

. improving signal generation packages

               - analyzing and identifying problem units in the speech
synthesis module

               - setting up tools to replace or improve problem units

. managing language package update/development projects

               - recruiting temporary language specialists

               - supervision of development process, including:

                              - full text analysis

                              - speaker selection and evaluation

                              - recordings

                              - corpus creation

               - planning time and resources

               - reintegrating results and version control

. responding to specific customer project needs


Qualifications and Expert Knowledge:

. Masters degree in linguistics

. 2+ years industry experience in text-to-speech technology (both Unit
Selection and HMM synthesis)

. Experience with version control system SVN

. Experience with issue tracking system Trac

. Expert knowledge of DCG grammars

. Expert knowledge of two-level morphology

. Experience with writing finite-state transduction rules for phonology

. Experience with Linux tools

. Experience in supervising language development projects

. Experience in recordings for unit selection databases



Personal Requirements:

. Native speaker of Cantonese

. Fluent in Mandarin and English

. Proficient in German, additional languages are a strong plus

. Ability to quickly understand complex systems and processes 

. Hands-on, team player, self-starter and analytic

. Profound interest in speech technology and natural language processing

. High quality standards

. Willingness to relocate to Zurich, Switzerland


Start date:

At earliest possible



Please contact Ms. Ariane Kobari (Tel. +41 43 544 06 00) or send your
application with reference number ZH-2009-28 to hr at svox.com.

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