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Speech Scientist

Apply Job ID 1-41504 Date posted 07/05/2019 Location Madrid, Spain | Dublin, Ireland

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 Enterprise team…;great customer service starts here. We design virtual assistants for intelligent and effortless customer service helping customers find the information they need using whatever channel they prefer.  

Job Summary:

We are hiring a Speech Scientist to be based in either Turin, Dublin or Madrid - you will be responsible for the planning and delivery of multi-channel Speech Science tasks for EMEA clients, with a strong focus on Italian and Spanish clients.

Most of our EMEA clients are household names, for which Nuance provides omnichannel bots (IVR, chat, web etc…;) handling millions of automated channel conversations each year, leveraging technologies including speech recognition, voice biometrics, natural language understanding. We would expect the successful candidate to work very closely with our Design and Technical teams to deliver truly excellent solutions, and to continue to develop professionally through becoming an active part of Nuance’s Speech Science community across the EMEA region, and globally.

You will:

  • Delivery and/or co-ordination of all Speech Science tasks, for example design/implementation of complex recognition grammars, management of large data sets for the training and evaluation of statistic recognition, voice biometric models and digital bots.
  • Working with User Interface designers to optimize customer experience through intelligent/pragmatic design choices, and optimal use of underlying speech technologies
  • Support business-as-usual speech-related tasks for EMEA customers
  • Occasional sales support input for Speech Science-specific queries
  • Input to effort estimation for Speech Science elements of new projects

You should have:

  • Minimum 2 years work experience
  • A passion for managing and analyzing large volumes of data to solve problems and improve system performance
  • Enthusiasm for working with customers - both internal and external - to optimize systems for their unique requirements
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, in Italian and/or Spanish; strong written and spoken English.
  • Ability to work well as part of a project team
  • Strong programming skills in Python or Perl
  • Comfortable with command-line interfaces and shell scripting
  • Self-starter and capable of fulfilling multiple project commitments concurrently
  • Ability to scope work, taking into account technical, business and timeframe constraints
  • Motivated to learn and acquire new technical skills
  • Dynamic personality and flexible attitude
  • Must be able/willing to obtain Security Clearance or similar (Nuance will arrange)
  • Willing to travel to client sites occasionally in EMEA.

Any of the following would be a bonus:

  • Coursework or previous work experience in statistics, pattern recognition, machine learning, linguistics, speech recognition or signal processing
  • Programming skills in any of: Java, SQL and ECMAScript/JavaScript
  • Proficiency with MS Office, specifically Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with audio processing software, such as audacity, sox or wavesurfer
  • A background in Data Science and statistical analysis,
  • Knowledge of or experience with speech recognition algorithms
  • Knowledge of or experience with Voice Biometric systems
  • Familiarity with IVR and ASR platforms and APIs

Education: Relevant Master’s/Bachelor’s Degree or Doctorate in one or more of: Computer Science, Machine Learning, Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or a related field

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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