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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Chris Wellekens

6-23 (2017-10-25) Senior Speech scientist at ELSA

Senior speech scientist at ELSA

Location: flexible, where would you like to live?


Job description

We are looking for an splendid Senior Speech Scientist to join our team al ELSA and help us in our mission to help every language learner speak a foreign language fluently and confidently.

As a Senior Scientist at ELSA you will be responsible for the evolution of the speech technology powering our language assessment services. Your efforts will translate directly to new voice-enabled features and better assessment quality for hundreds of thousands of language learners that use ELSA app. In addition, you will work directly with the CTO to define and drive the scientific roadmap of the company.

At ELSA you will not do your job alone.  Solving a problem includes working with a team (backend, speech scientists, product managers, designers) to design solutions that would impact hundreds of thousands of users. We are an agile team. We are passionate engineers. We are highly collaborative. We value results. We go above and beyond to help our users and to deliver superb products, but we also value work-life balance - we are motorcycle riders, mountain climbers, food-enthusiasts, espresso lovers, yoga students, proud parents.

Join our world-class team and be one of the personalities that make the ELSA culture awesome.


  • PhD in speech technology or very related area

  • 5+ years of experience post-PhD

  • Expert in acoustic modeling in English

  • Leadership experience leading junior researchers and students

Bonus skills

  • Experience bringing products to market

  • Knowledge of Kaldi-ASR package at API level

  • Experience in CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) technology

  • Good programming skills in Python, C++ and shell hacking

  • Experience training multilingual ASR systems and working with languages other than English

What we offer

  • Flexible working location

  • Competitive salary and stock options according to seniority

  • Company laptop

  • Flexible working hours

  • Ample room to grow professionally

  • Experience the true startup spirit of a fast growing and well funded Silicon Valley startup


Send your an email with your LinkedIn profile or your CV to and we will get back to you.

About us

ELSA Corp. is a US (San Francisco) startup with engineering offices in Lisbon. Our vision is to enable everyone to speak foreign languages with full confidence, reaching better life and career opportunities, powered by our proprietary speech recognition technology using deep learning. Our flagship product, ELSA speak, is a personal mobile coach who improves our users' English pronunciation and intonation using phonetic and suprasegmental analysis of the user's speech. Our backend servers implement state-of-the-art speech assessment technology to pinpoint the user?s most outstanding errors and give accurate and consistent feedback on how to solve them.

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