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Senior Research Scientist - NLU/Deep Learning (Automotive)

Apply Job ID 1-35072 Date posted 08/09/2019 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:

We are looking for a researcher to join the core research team of Nuance Automotive in the area of Natural Language Understanding (NLU). You will contribute to the continuous improvement of our voice-enabled user interfaces by investigating new algorithms and advancing the state of the art in NLU and deep learning. The focus will be on rich semantic interpretation of voice commands, improved algorithm efficiency and accuracy, multi-modal user interfaces, and more natural user interaction.


  • You will learn about and keep yourself up-to-date on the state-of-the-art in ML, DNN, NLU and related domains.
  • You will execute research on the forefront of these areas and contribute to the next generation of our voice user interface systems.
  • You will design, implement, train, and evaluate and improve new algorithms.
  • You will interact with other researchers to create collaborations where possible. You will contribute to other research areas within the company where relevant.
  • You will learn about other related technologies within the company (e.g., speech recognition, language modelling, dialog systems) in order to improve the end-to-end solution and create synergies.
  • You will help bring your creations to life in our products by interacting with engineering and production teams. You will contribute to the coding of the algorithms for our embedded/cloud engines if relevant/possible.
  • You will report research results in the form of technical reports and presentations.


  • Minimum years of work experience: 2-4
  • Strong background in mathematics and statistics, in particular in relation to machine learning algorithms and natural language modeling, deep learning and/or related areas
  • Good software development skills in Python, C and/or C++
  • Fluent in English (oral and written)
  • Strong sense of precision and quality
  • You can work individually on complex tasks and report results to stakeholders
  • You are a team player, willing to take initiative, and goal-oriented

Preferred skills:

  • Experience contributing to open source Deep Learning packages such as Tensorflow
  • Knowledge of computer linguistics and related concepts
  • Knowledge of related technologies: speech recognition, dialog systems, Question/Answering, semantic web
  • Knowledge of GPUs and parallel processing
  • User experience with compute farms and grid software
  • Knowledge of embedded platforms
  • Knowledge of languages other than English, such as e.g. German, French, Mandarin, …;

Education: Master in engineering, mathematics, physics or computer linguistics. PhD degree in a relevant domain is a strong plus


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