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Senior Language Modeling Researcher

Apply Job ID 1-40796 Date posted 04/11/2019 Location Merelbeke, Belgium | Marlow, United Kingdom

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 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:

Our R&D Language Modelling Group is looking for a SeniorLanguage Modelling Researcher to work with on challenging research problems that have a concrete impact on real-world applications – the work you do will impact real users on a daily basis.

You’ll perform a role mixing both research and development of cutting edge technologies by staying current on state-of-the-art algorithms in related fields; evaluating the usage patterns of customers via big data analysis; building models to improve core ASR accuracy of individual products and contributing to the model building codebase, including our deep learning toolkit.

Principal duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct experiments to assess the quality of language models and study the effect of language modelling variants and ancillary natural language processing technology (such as auto-punctuation) on speech recognition accuracy.
  • Identify, optimize, and cluster training data.
  • Analyse product usage data to identify areas of possible improvement or enhancement of language modelling process, method, and NLP techniques.
  • Implement of improved training recipes and NLP prototypes utilizing primarily Python and/or Perl.
  • Discuss and present ideas, progress, and results within the research team.
  • Improve language modelling performance in multiple languages.
  • Perform tasks related to securing and keeping the products, tools, and processes that you are responsible for securing

Knowledge, skills and qualifications– 

Education:Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in computer science, computational linguistics, applied mathematics, or a related field.

Minimum years of work experience:3+ years

Required skills:

  • Background in speech technology, computational linguistics, statistical machine translation and/or natural language processing.
  • Extensive knowledge and hands-on experience with statistical language modelling, including estimation methods, smoothing, pruning, efficient representation, interpolation, etc.
  • Good software engineering skills, knowledge of scripting languages (e.g. shell scripting, Perl, Python) and experience working under both Linux and Windows.
  • Solid written and oral communication skills in English.

Preferred skills:

  • Explicit (industry or academic) experience with large vocabulary speech recognition.
  • Experience with exponential language models, discriminative training, unsupervised adaptation and training.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: machine learning, statistical modelling, information retrieval, deep learning, data mining, linguistics.
  • Fluent in a second, non-English language.

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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