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Software Engineer

Apply Job ID 1-41679 Date posted 07/03/2019 Location Merelbeke, Belgium

Company Overview:

Today, we have some exciting news to share, as we officially announce the name of Nuance’s upcoming Automotive spin-off: Cerence! Upon spinning off from Nuance on October 1, our Automotive team will begin a new journey as Cerence, a pure-play, next-generation automotive software company fully focused on providing intelligent mobility solutions to our customers. “Cer” that rhymes with “air,” “ence” that rhymes with “sense,” Cerence is a new word for a new company. Visit to follow along with our journey!

Job Summary:

As a Software Engineer you will be part of a team which develops a state-of-the-art speech recognition system for embedded and cloud recognition targeted primarily at the automotive market. 
Your duties involve writing, designing and improving C/C++ code for core algorithms and data structures as well as writing tools in Python to work with the system. You will also assist users in detecting and solving issues.


  • Write C/C++ code for the speech recognizer core and SDK.
  • Understand the basics of modern speech recognition systems.
  • Work out concepts into product grade code together with the research team.
  • Create tools to evaluate the performance of the system.
  • Make tools to construct data for the speech recognition system.
  • Maintain and add tests and the continuous integration system.


Minimum years of work experience: 0; ideally relevant experience during studies, project work, and internships.

  • Good understanding of the C/C++ programming languages and their ecosystem.
  • Used to write code with attention to readability, speed and memory usage.
  • Good English language skills both written and spoken.
  • Team player, communicates effectively with team members, does not hesitate to ask for help, but also shares experience and knowledge with team members.
  • Self-organizer, must be willing to estimate effort and give time lines

Any of the below would be nice to have: 

  • Good debugging and problem finding skills.
  • Experience with embedded software, operating systems, and software development.
  • Experience with multiple processor architectures (ARM/Intel) and operating systems (Linux/Windows).
  • Good insight into computer hardware and architecture and their relation to performance.
  • Experience with setting up continuous integration and development: build automation, source control (git etc.) and modern software testing practices.
  • Experience with modern agile development processes (Scrum, Kanban, ...).
  • Experience with parallel asynchronous programming
  • Knowledge of one or more scripting languages 

Education: Bachelor or graduate University degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science or equivalent 

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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