Computational Linguist (Speech)
M47 Labs

Computational Linguist (Speech)

  • Full time Position
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Published on August 23 2021

M47 Labs is a fast growing Barcelona-based tech company with a focus on providing outstanding international quality engineering and data and language analytics services. We may be a newer company, but our deep knowledge and strong industry experience allows us to work with top companies around the world.

We are growing our Computational Linguistics (Speech) team for several languages to work on a cutting-edge Personal Voice Assistant software used by millions of users worldwide, with one of our major clients. We are looking for someone with native knowledge of one of the following languages: French (Switzerland),  Bokmål (Norway), Swedish (Sweden), Danish (Denmark) and Finnish (Finland).

In this project you will be responsible for helping the Voice Assistant to understand and speak your native language, focusing on the phonetics and phonology of NLG and NLU, connecting humans and machines through seamless voice interaction.

*We encourage you to apply if you are native to one of the languages and have a strong Linguistic knowledge even if you lack experience on the NLP field, as we are open to different levels of seniority*

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, assess and monitor large amounts of speech data in order to improve software quality and linguistic resources for speech recognition and speech synthesis.

  • Phonetically transcribe speech audio, classify speech sounds by their linguistic features, verify existing phonetic transcriptions accurately through solid understanding of conventional phonetic notation, and accurately describe the phonotactics of your native language.

  • Create, update, review and correct phonetic transcriptions for speech dictionaries.

  • Create and correct data for language modeling.

  • Review tests and identify potential fixes.

 

What we offer:

  • Temporary contract with the possibility to extend 

  • Central location in Barcelona in an amazing working space

  • Relocation package

  • Office Perks

  • Competitive salary based on candidate background and experience

  • Private Medical Insurance

  • Exceptional international and young work environment

  • Access to internal and external trainings

 

Key Qualifications:

  • Native level of Catalan, Croatian, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, Italian (Switzerland), Bokmål (Norway), French (Belgium and Switzerland) or German (Switzerland)

  • Excellent knowledge of structural aspects of the language (in particular phonology and phonetics).

  • Up-to-date exposure to popular native culture and the ability to use that knowledge to improve the focus of your local market

  • Solid understanding of conventional phonetic notation such as IPA, SAMPA or CMU.

  • Comfortable with tools such as Bash and Grep.

  • Ability to run and debug scripts written in Python as well as reading and writing regular expressions.

  • Experience with one or more version control systems with a preference for Git

  • Excellent English skills

  • Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and proven ability to manage priorities

  • Good organizational and analytical skills

 

Desired experience/skills:

  • Experience working with large quantities of natural language data, lexical resources, corpora, Natural Language Processing algorithms.

  • Familiarity with speech signal (e.g. spectrograms).

  • Programming skills and a background in Machine Learning

  • Familiarity working directly with the speech signal (e.g. via spectrograms) is a plus.

  • Experience in ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) and TTS (Text to Speech).

  • Experience using OS X or iOS software.

 

Education:

  • University level (preferably Master's Degree) in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Speech Technologies or professional experience in related field 

 **M47 Labs not only encourages but is actively working on empowering its diverse and inclusive talent. M47 Labs is committed to ensure a non-discriminative workplace, work life and selection process and such decisions will not be influenced by race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, social and conjugal status, age or other applicable characteristics. M47 Labs prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind and all employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business needs.**