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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Linguist - Cantonese and Mandarin
Email:   liu_(on)_svox.com
Date received:   28 Aug 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 Contact: 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. _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(at)_mailman.let.uu.nl http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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