[Elsnet-list] Joensuu, Finland: postdoc and PhD position in speech technology (dl. Sept-23)

Tomi Kinnunen tkinnu at cs.joensuu.fi
Fri Aug 26 12:04:49 CEST 2011


University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is a new university merged from the 
universities of Joensuu and Kuopio, with 15000 students and 2800 employees 
(http://www.uef.fi/uef/english). School of Computing (SoC) is one of the 
biggest departments in UEF, with about 120 employees in two campuses. 
There are three main research directions in the department, (1) 
intelligent media computing, (2) software engineering and (3) educational 
technology. The positions announced take place in Joensuu campus, in the 
Speech and Image Processing Unit (SIPU) research group 
(http://cs.joensuu.fi/sipu/). Current research topics of the group include 
speech technology (especially speaker recognition), clustering methods and 
mobile navigation systems. The SIPU group announces


Both positions are filled in a 4-year Academy of Finland project "Reliable 
speaker recognition and modification", starting January 2012. The context 
of the project is studying interplay of two spoken language technologies, 
speaker recognition and voice conversion. The main responsibility of the 
post-doctoral researcher is to establish and improve a state-of-the-art 
voice conversion framework and to integrate it with speaker recognition 
methods. In addition to research activities, the postdoc is expected to 
take part (10% to 20% of time) in supervising PhD and MSc students in 
related topics. The PhD candidate will work on either voice conversion, 
speaker recognition or both. There are no teaching duties.

Both candidates are expected to have a degree in spoken language 
technology, electrical engineering, computer science or closely related 
field. The candidates should be familiar with Unix/Linux tools and Matlab 
with excellent skills in signal processing or machine learning. Experience 
in either synthesis/conversion or recognition methods, participation to 
technology benchmarks (e.g. NIST evaluations or Blizzard challenge), 
knowledge of HTK, HTS and C/C++, and industrial experience are considered 
a plus.

The postdoctoral researcher position is filled for a period of 1 year 
(with option to extend). The duration of the PhD position is up to 4 
years. The salary of the PhD student will be placed on levels 1-4 of the 
job requirement level chart for teaching and research personnel in the 
Salary System for Finnish Universities. The salary of the post-doctoral 
researcher will follow default level 5 but can also be raised to level 6 
in exceptional cases. We will also cover at least one conference 
participation per year.

The application consisting of the following documents should be sent or 
delivered to the Registry Office of the University of Eastern Finland. 
Postal  address: Itä-Suomen yliopisto, Kirjaamo, PL 111, 80101 Joensuu or 
Itä-Suomen yliopisto, Kirjaamo, PL 1627, 70211 Kuopio. Street address: 
Yliopistokatu 2 (Joensuu) and Yliopistonranta 1 E (Kuopio).

The deadline for applications is September 23, 2011 (at 3.00 pm Finland 
time). We cannot guarantee that applications sent after the deadline will 
be taken into account. The application should include

o A cover letter indicating the position to be applied and free-worded
   application, describing the special qualities of the applicant relevant
   to the applied position.
o Full curriculum vitae (CV), including the list of publications (if any).
o Copies of relevant diplomas and transcripts of academic records. The
   diplomas should be in English or Finnish, and the grading system should
   be described.
o The names and contact information of at least two referees.

All enquiries related to the positions should be addressed to Dr. Tomi H. 
Kinnunen, tkinnu at cs.joensuu.fi or tomi.kinnunen at uef.fi, Tel. +358 13 251 
7963, www http://cs.joensuu.fi/pages/tkinnu/webpage/

This application will also be located at UEF pages 

Dr. Tomi H. Kinnunen, Researcher
School of Computing
University of Eastern Finland
P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, FINLAND
tkinnu at cs.joensuu.fi

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