Nuance

Voice Builder (German TTS voices) - 12 months contract

BE-Merelbeke | IT-Turin
Job ID
1-34585
Category
Research & Development - Speech Science
Pos. Type
Temporary

Company Overview

At Nuance, we empower people with the ability to seamlessly interact with their connected devices and the digital world around them.  We are creating a world where technology thinks and acts the way people do by designing the most human, natural, and intuitive ways of interacting with technology.

 

Our nimble technology uses analytics and advanced algorithms to transform the inanimate into animate and reduce complicated processes into simple ones.

 

Join our Mobile team…intelligent systems now ready for the road. We are passionate about developing intelligent interfaces that enable people to talk to their cars, phones, devices, and other smart “things”.

Job Summary

As a Voice Builder you will support our voice builder team in the development of German TTS voices, mainly supporting on speech data validation.

 

This role is limited to a 12 months contract. The role can be filled in Merelbeke, Belgium or Turin, Italy.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Perform text selection for recordings with female German TTS voice; proofreading, correction and modification of selected text in German
  • Perform phonetic validation of speech data i.e. listen to voice recordings and check if orthography, phonetic transcriptions and prosodic labels are correct and match the audio signals.
  • Perform segmentation validation i.e. check if phoneme boundaries are well aligned to the audio signal.
  • Perform synthesis evaluation i.e. listen and evaluate synthesis generated with Female/Male German text-to-speech voices.
  • Paticipate in the effort of tuning the TTS voices.
  • Testing the product release.

Qualifications:

Number of Years of Work Experience: 1-2, promising graduates are encouraged to apply!

  • Native proficiency in German
  • Good level of English
  • Thorough understanding of phonological and phonetic concepts
  • Very good listening skills
  • Strong computer skills in a Windows environment and greater than average comfort with software
  • Strong sense of precision and quality in the daily job
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Good problem solving, analytic and troubleshooting skills 

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with correcting phonetic transcriptions for speech technology 
  • Familiarity with development of language assets of text-to-speech technologies
  • Familiarity with machine learning techniques 

Education:

  • Candidates need to have studied German at an advanced (university) level (eg germanists, translater, interpreter)
  • MSc degree in phonetics, computational linguistics or other relevant field 

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