We are looking for a German-native linguist, more details below:

Organization: Nuance Communications, Inc.

Position title: Voice Builder

Position type: Fulltime, Temporary (one year), Preferred start date: 1st of
November 2017 (open until filled)

Project duration: One year. This is not a permanent position but a
full-time contract position.

Location: Merelbeke, Belgium

Required Language: German

Job Rank: Junior (Entry Level)

Major duties and responsibilities:

– Assisting voice builders in the development of German Text-To-Speech
(TTS) voices, mainly supporting on speech data validation.

Principal responsibilities:

– Perform text selection for recordings with female German TTS voice;
proofreading, correction and modification of selected text in German

– Perform phonetic validation of speech data i.e. listen to voice
recordings and check if orthography, phonetic transcriptions and prosodic
labels are correct and match the audio signals.

– Perform segmentation validation i.e. check if phoneme boundaries are well
aligned to the audio signal.

– Perform synthesis evaluation i.e. listen and evaluate synthesis generated
with German text-to-speech voices.

– Participate in the effort of tuning the TTS voices.

– Testing the product release




– Good level of English

– Thorough understanding of phonological and phonetic concepts

– Very good listening skills

– Strong computer skills in a Windows environment and greater than average
comfort with software

– Strong sense of precision and quality in the daily job

– Ability to work independently as well as in a team

– Good problem solving, analytic and troubleshooting skills

Preferred skills:

– Experience with correcting phonetic transcriptions for speech technology

– Familiarity with development of language assets of text-to-speech

– Familiarity with machine learning techniques


– Candidates need to have studied German at an advanced university level
(MSc degree in phonetics, computational linguistics or another relevant

Language requirements:

Required Language: German

Educational level:

Master Degree

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