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Wednesday, July 08, 2015 by Chris Wellekens




Postdoc Speech Researcher


Your Task

Within the FAME! project (Frisian Audio Mining Enterprise) we have a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher. FAME! is a project in the Creative Industry program of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The goal of the project is to develop Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) for Frisian, for the purpose of disclosing an archive of over 2500 hours of radio broadcasts. The challenge is to make a single system that can deal with both Frisian and Dutch. The candidate will research methods to bootstrap Frisian ASR from other languages, and will investigate the issue of code-switching. A second research area is longitudinal automatic speaker recognition, in order to track speakers over almost half a century of radio broadcasts, for which new approaches for compensation of ageing need to be developed.

The project is carried out in co-operation with several other project partners in The Netherlands, most notably the Fryske Akademy, and we require that the candidate can work well with other (remote) team members, taking a lead when appropriate but also contributing to tasks of other team members.

The research will need to be documented in scientific publications in appropriate journals and relevant conference proceedings, and in Open Source software tools.


Your Profile

We are looking for candidates with the following profile:

  • A PhD in Engineering, Computer Science, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Computational Linguistics or any other relevant discipline.

  • Preferably experience in speech technology

  • A good publication record

  • Fluency in spoken and written English

  • Good comprehension capabilities of scientific papers

  • Experience in the Linux OS, git version control, scripting in Python and bash, high performance computing in Julia or Num/SciPy, authoring in LaTex, and cluster computing

  • Affinity with the open source community

  • The drive to work with other project partners, also on location.



  • 3 years contract at the Center for Language and Speech Technology (CLST), 0,7 - 1,0 fte

  • Scale 11, max. monthly gross salary €4551 at full time appointment



Send your motivation letter and CV ultimately 15 March 2015 to:

Dr Henk van den Heuvel: E; T: +31 24 3611686 and/or

Prof. dr David van Leeuwen: E; T +31 81 888 702



Vacancy number: 23.020.15. Please include with your application a motivation letter (attn. of drs. M.J.M. van Nijnatten), CV and any required attachments. You should upload these documents online,'



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