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Speech Expert - 1 year contract

Apply Job ID 1-40721 Date posted 04/11/2019 Location Aachen, Germany

Company Overview:

Wir bei Nuance ermöglichen es den Menschen problemlos mit ihren vernetzten Geräten und der digitalen Welt zu kommunizieren.

Indem wir eine Welt schaffen, in der Menschen auf natürliche und intuitive Art und Weise mit Technik interagieren können, tragen wir dazu bei, dass die Technik dem menschlichen Handeln und Denken immer ähnlicher wird.

Unsere dynamische Technologie verwendet Analysetools und fortschrittlichste Algorithmen, um Gebrauchsgegenstände zum Leben zu erwecken und somit alltägliche Prozesse zu vereinfachen.

Werden Sie Teil unseres Automotive team…; intelligente Systeme für unterwegs. Unsere Leidenschaft gilt der Entwicklung von intelligenten Interfaces, die es Menschen ermöglichen allein mit Hilfe ihrer Stimme mit ihren Autos, Smartphones und anderen Geräten zu kommunizieren.

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 Automotive 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 member of the SpeechOutput team, the candidate will work as Speech Scientist on prompt creation for Automotive customer projects. Therefore, they need phonetic and computational linguistic skills as background knowledge. These are needed to support, facilitate and validate the results of prompt optimization processes for customer projects. Moreover, such skills are needed to understand the algorithmic and acoustic implications of each specific customization decision.

Furthermore, the candidate will work on optimization of TTS output according to customer requirements. They will design regular expressions for text transformations as well as perform and supervise prompt recordings, prompt tunings and transcription modification to be integrated into a consistent customer delivery of the Speech Output Service.

The position will be located in our office in Aachen, Germany and is a 1 year contract.


  • Analyze customer requirements and text specifications for TTS speech output
  • Prepare, generate and validate prompt project data
  • Organize and supervise prompt optimization processes as well as auditive evaluation of generated data
  • Train and supervise language experts working on prompt optimization on a phonetic transcription and intonation level
  • Create text transformation rules and dictionaries for TTS to satisfy customer requirements
  • Interact with developers to improve TTS output
  • Give feedback and provide ideas for tools development


Number of Years of Work Experience: No working experience needed, but adequate education at university is a must. Strong candidates with BSc degree and minimum 2 years work experience are also encouraged to apply

Required Skills:

  • Background in phonetics, computational linguistics or similar, with affinity to speech technology
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken)
  • Logistics and organizational managing skills

Preferred Skills:

  • Skills in German or another European language
  • Experience with Text-To-Speech technology
  • Experience with tools for speech processing
  • Experience with perceptual evaluation tests and statistics
  • Experience with regular expressions
  • Scripting Skills (Python or Perl)

Education: MSc in phonetics, speech technology, computational linguistics or similar 

Additional Information:

Nuance offers a compelling and rewarding work environment. We offer market competitive salaries, bonus, equity, benefits, meaningful growth and development opportunities and a casual yet technically challenging work environment. Join our dynamic, entrepreneurial team and become part of our continuing success.


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