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ISCApad #187

Saturday, January 11, 2014 by Chris Wellekens

6 Jobs
6-1(2013-08-15) Speech Researcher at Vocalize,Sao Paolo, Brasil

SPEECH RESEARCHER A Speech Researcher at VOCALIZE will be responsible for complex tasks and for providing solutions to the team. The work will be related to the area of Text-to-Speech, Transcription, Speech Recognition, Speech Analytics and Natural Language Processing. Typical works will be: •Research, Development and Implementation of new algorithms in Text-to-Speech, Transcription, Speech Recognition,Speech Analytics and Natural Language Processing; •Create/develop new innovative solutions/products/applications; •Training and adaptation of acoustic models and language models; Key Requirements/Skills/Experience •PhD or Master degree in Engineering, Computer Science or Computational Linguistics; •Strong knowledge in Text-to-Speech, Transcription/Speech Recognition/Speech Analytics and Natural Language Processing as well as statistical learning methods; •Strong plus: Experience in Speech Recognition Training-Toolkits, like HTK, etc; •Deep knowledge in digital signal processing; •Deep knowledge in programming languages like: Ansi-C, C++; •Knowledge in scripting languages like: Python, Shell (bash, awk, sed); •Excellent communication skills, great attitude and team oriented; •Good skills in English (Text and Spoken); •Good skills in Portuguese and Spanish is a plus.
To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to:


VOCALIZE is a growing and dynamic Speech and Language Technology Company located in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil ( We are looking for talented Speech Researchers to create/develop New Algorithms to be added to our Core Technologies and to create Innovative solutions/products/applications to both the Brazilian and the Global market. We’re glad you’re considering joining the VOCALIZE team!


6-2(2013-08-23) PhD vacancy in project CHASING

PhD vacancy in project CHASING

Vacancy for a PhD in the project CHASING: CHAllenging Speech training In
Neurological patients by interactive Gaming

For more (up-to-date) information, see:

* Requirements
  + Degree in Computational or Applied Linguistics, Computer Science,
Artificial Intelligence, Informatics, Cognitive Science, or Education
  + Programming skills, e.g. Python, Java, html5, php, javascript,
flash, C[++]
  + An interest in e-Health, esp. gaming and speech technology for
speech training
  + A good command of the English language. Knowledge of Dutch is
considered an advantage.
  + Good communicative abilities
  + Willingness to work in an international, multidisciplinary team

* Job description
As a PhD student you will take part in the research project CHASING:
‘CHAllenging Speech training In Neurological patients through
Interactive Gaming’. The goal of this project is to investigate the
potentials of e-Health applications for speech training for neurological
patients. Current results indicate the need to develop advanced,
motivating training devices that provide guidance on articulation
improvement and that allow the integrated benefits of intensified,
independent speech training. Serious games are known to have strong
motivational power. In this research project we aim to investigate to
what extent serious games and game principles motivate and support
neurological patients in speech training. To this end, an interactive,
intuitive, user adaptive game for speech training which employs advanced
speech technology and which is compatible with mobile platforms will be
developed and tested.

You will first develop dedicated speech technology, esp. ‘automatic
speech recognition’ (ASR) technology, and integrate it in the game.
Next, you will carry out experiments with neurological patients, to
study the effects of the game and how the game (incl. the speech
technology) can be improved.

You are expected to start in the fall of 2013. It is a full time
position for 4 years.
You will be part of a dynamic international and interdisciplinary team
and will work in an inspiring research environment.

* Contact persons
  + Helmer Strik
    +31 24 3616104
  + Lilian Beijer
    +31 24 3659718 / 3659140


6-3(2013-08-24) Doctoral/Post-Doctoral Position (E13) in the field of Computational Pragmatics at Bielefeld University, Germany

Doctoral/Post-Doctoral Position (E13) in the field of Computational Pragmatics,

up to three years, starting autumn 2013

at the Center of Excellence ‘Cognitive Interaction Technology’ (CITEC) at

Bielefeld University, Germany,


in the project:

“Computational Pragmatics -- Multimodal Intention Processing”.

We are seeking a highly-motivated candidate with a degree (Master‘s or Ph.D.)

in Linguistics/Psycholinguistics or Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence with experience

in computational modeling of interactive systems. The successful applicant should have

a theoretical or applied background in dialogue, intention recognition/pragmatics, as well

as interpretation or generation of multimodal communicative behavior. Experiences

with conducting empirical studies and experiments would be favorable. Given

the multidisciplinary nature of the project, the ideal candidate should be prepared to

acquire new knowledge in the fields of psycholinguistics/computational linguistics,

cognitive science, and especially speech-accompanying gestures. Excellent command of

English is required.

The Center of Excellence 'Cognitive Interaction Technology' (CITEC) at Bielefeld

University, Germany, conducts interdisciplinary research into understanding the

functional processes of cognitive interaction with the goal of replicating them in technical

systems, including developing relevant evaluation methodologies and toolkits. For more

details, see Within CITEC, this interdisciplinary project involves the

research groups “Psycholinguistics” (Faculty of Linguistics & Literary Studies) and

'Sociable Agents' (Faculty of Technology). General information about the labs can

be found at and http://www.techfak.unibielefeld.



Applicants should submit the following documents:

• a cover letter indicating research interests, academic education and past research

• curriculum vitae including list of publications

• sample publications (if available)

• letters of recommendation (if available)

Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are

expressly encouraged.

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision

of equal opportunity and has been recognised as a family friendly university. The

University welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to

academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information Technology and trades

and crafts. Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state

equal opportunity statutes.

Applications in PDF format will be considered until the position has been filled. For

full consideration please submit applications by 30.09.2013. Please send applications to:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Kopp

Sociable Agents Group, Faculty of Technology


Prof. Dr. Jan De Ruiter

Psycholinguistics, Faculty of Linguistics & Literary Studies



6-4(2013-08-24) PhD Title: Birdsong Forensics for Species Identification and Separation, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.


PhD Title: Birdsong Forensics for Species Identification and Separation

Studentship: Full Scholarship, including fees (EU/Non EU) plus annual stipend of €16,000.

Start Date: Sept 2

nd, 2013

PhD Supervisor: Dr. Naomi Harte, Sigmedia Group, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Collaborator: Dr. Nicola Marples, Zoology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.


The analysis of birdsong has increased in the speech processing community in the past 5 years. Much of the reported research has concentrated on the identification of bird species from their songs or calls. Smartphone apps have been developed that claim to automatically identify a bird species from a live recording taken by the user. A lesser reported topic is the analysis of birdsongs from subspecies of the

same bird. Among experts, bird song is considered a particularly effective way of comparing birds at species level. Differences in song may help uncover cryptic species. In many species, such as those living in the high canopy, catching the birds in order to obtain morphological (e.g. weight, bill length, wing length etc.) and genetic data may be time consuming and expensive. Identifying potentially interesting populations by the detection of song differences, allows any such effort to be better targeted.

Birdsong presents many unique challenges as a signal. The use of signal processing and machine learning techniques for birdsong analysis is at a very early stage within the ornithological research community. This PhD project seeks to lead the way in defining the state of the art for forensic birdsong analysis. Comparing birdsongs will push out the boundaries of feature analysis and classification techniques in signal processing. The research will develop new algorithms to systematically quantify levels of similarity in birdsong, transforming the comparison of birdsong in the natural sciences arena. The results will be of importance internationally for the study, monitoring, and conservation of bird populations.


The ideal candidate for this position will:

 Have a primary degree (first class honours) in Electronic Engineering, Electronic and Computer Engineering or a closely related discipline.

 Possess strong written and oral communication skills in English.

 Have a strong background and interest in digital signal processing (DSP)

 Be mathematically minded, and be curious about nature.


6-5(2013-08-28) POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN SPEECH TECHNOLOGY, University of Eastern Finland



The Speech and Image Processing Unit (SIPU) research group ( at the School of Computing ( announces POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN SPEECH


The position is filled in Academy of Finland project '

Reliable speaker recognition and modification', with focus on text-independent speaker recognition, but including also voice conversion and anti-spoofing topics. The post-doc will focus on core research in one of these technologies together with a speech processing group consisting of project leader, another postdoc and several PhD students. In addition to core research activities, the postdoc is expected to take part (10% to 15% of time) in practical supervision tasks of PhD/MSc students working on similar topics. There are no class-room teaching duties.

University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is a multidisciplinary university formed as a union of universities of Joensuu and Kuopio in 2010. UEF ranks among the best 100 universities in Times Higher Education evaluation of universities less than 50 years old ( The postdoc position is filled up in Joensuu campus. School of Computing is located at the facilities of Joensuu Science Park, providing modern research facilities.

The candidate should have a doctoral degree in spoken language technology, electrical engineering, computer science, pattern recognition or a closely related field. The candidate should be comfortable with Unix/Linux tools and Matlab/Octave with good skills in signal processing or pattern recognition. Previous exposure to technology benchmarks (e.g. NIST evaluations, Blizzard challenge) is a plus.

The position is filled for a period of 1 to 2 years, with preference for the 2-year post. The salary will be placed on level 5 according to Finnish university salary system. In addition, the appointees will be paid a salary component based on their personal performance, which can be a maximum of 46.3 per cent of the job requirement component. Additionally, at least one conference trip per year is supported.

The application consisting of the following documents should be sent or delivered to the Registry Office of the University of Eastern Finland. Postal address: Itä-Suomen yliopisto, Kirjaamo, PL 111, 80101 Joensuu or Itä-Suomen yliopisto, Kirjaamo, PL 1627, 70211 Kuopio. Street address: Yliopistokatu 2 (Joensuu) and Yliopistonranta 1 E (Kuopio). The deadline for applications is

September 30, 2013 (at 3.00 pm Finnish time). The applications with verification of document originality (signatures) can also be sent as scanned PDF files to

The application should include:

 A cover letter indicating the position to be applied for and a free-worded application describing the special qualities of the applicant and his or her reasons for applying to the position

 Full curriculum vitae (CV), including a list of publications (if any)

 Copies of relevant diplomas and transcripts of academic records. The diplomas should be in English or Finnish, and the grading system should be described.

 The names and contact information of at least two referees.

All enquiries related to the positions should be addressed to Dr. Tomi Kinnunen, email:,, Tel. +358 50 442 2647.



6-6(2013-09-17) Postdoc Research Associate, Emerson College, Boston, MA, USA

Emerson College

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Post Doctoral Research Associate in Autism

The Facial Affective and Communicative Expression (FACE) Lab at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts announces the availability of a Postdoctoral Research Associate position, funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIH-NIDCD). The position is for two years, renewable up to four years.


The FACE lab investigates social communication, specifically facial and vocal expressions of children with and without autism, using several methodologies. We collect and analyze acoustic measures of speech, infrared motion capture data of facial feature movement, eyetracking data on gaze behavior to social stimuli, and subjective measures of how typical individuals perceive the facial and vocal expressions of individuals with high-functioning autism. The FACE lab is affiliated with the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, which has active research programs in the study of communication and communication disorders in several different populations.


Emerson College is located in the center of Boston, surrounded by major health care and research centers, which provide a wide range of collaborative clinical and research opportunities. It is the nation’s only four year institution dedicated exclusively to communication and the arts. The program in Communication Sciences & Disorders is one of the oldest and most respected in the country, and is highly ranked among the most competitive graduate programs in communication disorders in the US. The department offers state-of the-art research facilities, on-campus clinical facilities and is easily reached by public transportation.

Campus Location

Boston Campus

Primary Duties, Responsibilites, and Tasks

The position involves interacting with children with and without autism and their families, recruiting participants and coordinating research activities in the lab, collecting and analyzing eyetracking, speechacoustic, motion-capture, and behavioral data, and disseminating research results through conferences and journal publications. The successful candidate is expected to develop and implement independent projects as well.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

Applicants should have a doctorate in speech and hearing sciences, linguistics, computer science, engineering, or a related field. Familiarity with autism, computer programming, and strong writing skills are required.

Required Prior Work Experience

Doctoral level research experience in autism or related field is also required.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter describing their research interests and relevant experience, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three references to Dr. Ruth Grossman at

Diversity Statement

Emerson College values and has placed an institutional priority on multiculturalism in the campus community. Through its constantly evolving curriculum it seeks to prepare students for success in an increasingly multicultural society. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Members of historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Open Date


Open Until Filled


Job Title

English Language Learning (ELL) Faculty Member

Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks


Teach undergraduate- and graduate-level English writing, speaking, listening and reading to international students.

Assess the level of student writing and oral skills.

Work cooperatively with faculty members on pedagogies to address international student communication needs.

Participate with the faculty in on-going curriculum review and development with an emphasis on ELL skills and their alignment with student needs and faculty requirements.

Work with the Office of Admissions and the iGrad Transition program on assessing international student competencies.

Work with the Office of Internationalization and Global Engagement to help articulate intercultural program development and research goals; facilitate the internationalization of the curriculum; and build additional support programs for international students.

Work with the Lacerte Family Writing and Academic Resource Center (WARC) staff to develop strategies and programs to address international student communication needs.


Minimum Qualifications

Three-to five years of experience teaching university level ELL courses.

Expertise in ELL curricular development.

Master’s Degree and TESL/TEFL/TESOL certification and/or degree.

Fluency in a foreign language and experience living abroad.

Strong work ethic, positive attitude (flexibility and optimism), and analytical/organizational skills.

The ability to work independently as well as part of a team, multi-task, take initiative and set priorities to accomplish various instructional and operational tasks.

Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the theater district in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major media outlets, arts institutions, and research centers. The college enrolls 3,662 undergraduate students and 830 graduate students from 75 countries and all 50 states.


To apply, please visit:




6-7(2013-09-20) Postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience for speech recognition, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Canada

Postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience for speech recognition


We are seeking a skilled postdoctoral fellow (PDF) whose expertise intersects automatic speech recognition (ASR) and neuroscience to develop a next-generation model of speech production.

Approximately 10% of North Americans have some sort of communication disorder. It is imperative that technology is used to mitigate difficulties these individuals have in being understood. This research involves building a model of how speech is produced physically and in the brain, and translating it directly into automatic speech recognition. Specifically, we propose to build an advanced neural network that relates words and phrases across electroencephalographic (EEG) data, acoustic data, and measurements of how the important articulators in speech (e.g., the lips and tongue) move. This model of speech production will be built from data recorded with people with cerebral palsy and healthy controls.

The PDF will work with a team of internationally recognized researchers in computer science, speech-language pathology, and neuroscience. Work will involve programming, data analysis, dissemination of results (e.g., papers and conferences), and partial supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. Some data collection will also be involved.

The successful applicant will have:

1)      A doctoral degree in a relevant field of computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, or a relevant discipline;

2)      Evidence of impact in research through a strong publication record in relevant venues;

3)      Evidence of strong collaborative skills, including possibly supervision of junior researchers, students, or equivalent industrial experience;

4)      Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills;

5)      A strong technical background in machine learning, natural language processing, robotics, and human-computer interaction.

This work will be conducted at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto.

About the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

One of North America’s leading rehabilitation sciences centres, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute is revolutionizing rehabilitation by helping people overcome the challenges of disabling injury, illness or age related health conditions to live active, healthier, more independent lives. It integrates innovative patient care, ground-breaking research and diverse education to build healthier communities and advance the role of rehabilitation in the health system.  Toronto Rehab, along with Toronto Western, Toronto General and Princess Margaret Hospitals, is a member of the University Health Network and affiliated with the University of Toronto.

Applicants should send 1) a full CV, 2) a representative sample of their work, and 3) a 1-page statement of purpose to Frank Rudzicz at by 1 December 2013.



6-8(2013-09-20) English language technician to work in one of its Text-to-Speech projects at Voxygen, F

Voxygen SAS, a young and innovative company, is looking for an American
English language technician to work in one of its Text-to-Speech projects.

Voxygen develops speech synthesis products and services for World-wide
markets, with a particular focus on the creation of
expressive voices for industrial and entertainement purposes. For more
information on the company, please visit:

Job description:
  - Validation of sentences correctness for script creation:
    verification of orthography, grammar, readability and phonetic
  - Participate in the voice-talent casting.
  - Assist company experts with native language expertise during script
    recording sessions.
  - Revision of automatic phonetization and segmentation of recorded script     sentences.

Job Requirements:
  - Fluent in spoken American English.
  - Thorough knowledge of the language grammar and orthography.
  - Keen ear for phonetic nuances.
  - A degree in any language-related field such as linguistics, translation,
    language teaching, will be helpful.
  - Knowledge of the target language phonetics or previous experience with
    TTS will be a definite plus.
  - Attention to detail.
  - Keen interest for language and technology.

This is a temporary position for 6 months. The job will be located in Brittany,
France (near Rennes or Lannion).

This is a great opportunity to participate in an exciting state-of-the-art
project and to colaborate with world-class experts in the field of TTS.

If this sounds interesting to you, please send us your CV to:


6-9(2013-09-20) Post-doctoral position in Multimedia Indexing, Eurecom, Sophia Antipolis, F

Post-doctoral position in Multimedia Indexing

Location: EURECOM, Multimedia Communications Department, Sophia Antipolis, France

Duration: 12 months


We have an open position for a post-doc to work on several aspects of
Multimedia Indexing, in particular Multimedia fusion and co-training. We
are looking for candidates who are highly motivated to conduct high
quality research, propose and evaluate innovative solutions for the
difficult problems that arise when automatically analyzing Multimedia
content. This research is conducted in partnership with other French
laboratories and companies.

Candidates should have a PhD Degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science,
or a closely related area, with a good knowledge of Machine Learning
techniques, and possibly an experience on multimedia analysis. Good
programming skills are expected. A good level of written and spoken
English is mandatory.


Screening of applications will begin immediately, and the search will
continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send, to the
email address below (i) a CV, (ii) a motivation letter, (iii) contact
details for three referees, (iv) a two page statement of research
interests and motivation.

Postal address :
    Campus SophiaTech,
    450 route des Chappes,
    06410 Sophia Antipolis,

Contact : Prof. Bernard Merialdo,
Web page :
Phone number : +33 4 93 00 81 29
Fax number : +33 4 93 00 82 00

EURECOM is a French graduate school and a research center in
communication systems based in the international science park of Sophia
Antipolis, which brings together renowned universities such as Télécom
ParisTech, Aalto University (Helsinki), Politecnico di Torino,
Technische Universität München (TUM), Norwegian University of Science
and Technology (NTNU) and Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh Ville
(VNU). The Principality of Monaco is a new institutional member. The
Institut Mines-Télécom is EURECOM’s founding member.

EURECOM benefits from a strong interaction with the industry through its
specific administrative structure: Economic Interest Group (kind of
consortium), which brings together international companies such as:
Swisscom, SFR, Orange, ST Microelectronics, BMW Group Research &
Technology, Symantec, Monaco Telecom, SAP, IABG. EURECOM deploys its
expertise around three major fields: Networking and security, Multimedia
Communications and Mobile Communications. EURECOM is particularly active
in research in its areas of excellence while also training a large
number of doctoral candidates. Its contractual research is recognized
across Europe and contributes largely to its budget.

Thanks to its strong ties set up with the industry, EURECOM was awarded
the “Institut Carnot” label jointly with the Institut Telecom right from
2006. The Carnot Label was designed to develop and professionalize
cooperative research. It encourages the realization of research projects
in public research centers that work together with socioeconomic actors,
especially companies.


6-10(2013-09-25) Post‐Doc positions in psycholinguistics, Geneva, CH

TWO PostDoc positions
            in the Psycholinguistics research  group at the University of Geneva (             ,
            to work on a project funded by the Swiss National Science  Foundation:
            - in the field of reading acquisition in children;
            - in the field of language production in healhy and brain damaged (aphasic) speakers
            Qualifications requested :
            - PhD in psychology or neuroscience or related field
            - Experience in the field of psycholinguistics and/or acquisition and/or neuropsychology of language
            - Experience with EEG/ERP acquisition and analysis
            Starting January 2014 or later.
          Applicants should submit a CV and a mail with statement of research interests till October 31 to:
 or to


6-11(2013-10-01) Post doc scholar: Computational Linguistics/ASR Univ. N.Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ, USA



 Post-Doctoral Scholar: Computational Linguistics/Automated Speech Recognition




Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral position in computational linguistics/automated speech recognition through the Department of English at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. This project will focus on extracting intonation features applicable to automated scoring systems and develop algorithms to measure the degree of nativeness of accented speech.This new position has guaranteed funding for two calendar years commencing on the date of appointment, with continued appointment upon availability of funds.

Minimum Education: 

Ph.D. in Natural Language Processing, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Computational Linguistics by the time of appointment, with an emphasis on speech technology. 

Required Qualifications


  • Background in NLP and signal processing

  • Background in machine learning (e.g., HMM, GMM, SVM)

  • Interest or experience in speech feature extraction/analysis (e.g., pitch, LPC, MFCC, formants, jitter & shimmer)

  • Computer program skills (e.g., C/C++, MATLAB, python)

  • Knowledge about speech processing and implementation in automated systems

  • Expertise in the application of speech recognition systems and fluency


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of linguistics

  • Experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research

  • A record of software deliverables and publication


To Apply:


Candidates should email letter of application, CV, and names & contact information for 3 references to Dr. Okim Kang ( For the complete job announcements, visit (Job ID#600539):


Deadlines: Open until further notice; review of applications will start on November 5, 2013.


About NAU and Flagstaff:

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a 25,000-student institution with its main campus is in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 62,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and applications from minority and women candidates are especially welcome. The position is open to non-US citizens or non-permanent residents.


6-12(2013-10-01) Tenure-track Faculty Position in Human-Computer Interaction Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech VA, USA
Tenure-track Faculty Position in Human-Computer Interaction Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech The Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech ( invites applications for a 
full-time tenure-track position, at the rank of Assistant Professor, from candidates with expertise
 in human-computer interaction (HCI). The department is especially interested in sub-areas of 
HCI involving human interaction with big data or advanced technologies, such as large-scale data 
visualization and human-robot interaction, but candidates from all areas of HCI are encouraged 
to apply. Candidates should have a PhD in Computer Science or related discipline at the time of 
appointment; a strong record of scholarship in human-computer interaction and interdisciplinary 
areas; demonstrated ability to contribute to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in 
HCI and related subjects; sensitivity to issues of diversity in the campus community; and the 
skills to establish and grow a multidisciplinary research group. Selected candidates are expected 
to travel occasionally to attend professional conferences/meetings. VT CS faculty have been involved in HCI research since the early days of the field, and lead the 
interdisciplinary Center for Human-Computer Interaction (, a university-wide effort 
that brings together faculty with strengths in multi-sensory interactive communication, ecologies 
of displays and devices, social/collaborative computing, and human aspects of 
data/information/knowledge. Within CS, there are rich opportunities for collaboration in data 
mining/machine learning, parallel and distributed computing, computational biology and 
bioinformatics, information retrieval, software engineering, cyber security, cyber arts, and CS 
education. Beyond the department, HCI faculty members collaborate with researchers in design 
and the arts (the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology), in engineering and science (the 
Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science), and in education, business, and liberal arts.
 The Department of Computer Science has 36 research oriented tenure-track faculty and 11 
research faculty. There are a total 12 NSF/DOE CAREER award winners in the department. 
Research expenditures during FY2013 were $11.7 million; total research funding at the beginning
 of FY2014 was $34 million. BS, MS, and PhD degrees are offered, with an enrollment of over 
550 undergraduate majors (12% women) and over 200 PhD/MS students. In 2010, CS@VT was
 ranked 5th in the country in recruiting quality of CS undergrads by the Wall Street Journal. The 
department is in the College of Engineering, whose undergraduate program was ranked 6th and 
graduate program was ranked 12th among public engineering schools in 2013 by US News and 
World Report. Other research centers associated with the department include the new
 interdisciplinary Discovery Analytics Center (, which focuses on ‘big data’ problems
 in areas of national interest including intelligence analysis, sustainability and health informatics,
 and the Center for High End Computing known for its expertise
 in high performance computing, including energy efficient and/or heterogeneous supercomputers. Recently, we designed and acquired HokieSpeed, a CPU/GPU 200+ node machine for use by computational scientists and engineers across campus through a $2M NSF MRI grant. HokieSpeed ranked 11th in the world on the Green 500 List in November 2011. CS faculty also participate in the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology (, a cyber security center. Virginia Tech is a comprehensive research university with over 31,000 students. This hire is for 
the main campus in Blacksburg, consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live Salary for suitably qualified applicants is competitive and commensurate with experience. 
Selected candidates must pass a criminal background check prior to employment. Applications must be submitted online to for posting #117036. We welcome 
applications from women and minorities. Applicant screening will begin December 15, 2013 and 
continue until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged. Inquiries should be directed
 to Dr. Doug Bowman, HCI Search Committee Chair, Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. 

6-13(2013-10-02) Voice recognition engineer at Sony, San Francisco Area (Foster City), CA, USA


Primary Location: United States-California-San Francisco Bay Area - Foster City


Sony PlayStation

® US R&D is looking for an individual who will contribute to voice recognition system and technologies for current and future Sony PlayStation® platforms. The Senior Software Engineer (voice recognition) for the R&D team will contribute to one or more of the following fields:

Automatic generation of pronunciation and voice recognition grammar for 10+ languages.

Language modeling (LM) for large vocabulary continuous speech recognition (LVCSR)

Robust automatic speech recognition (ASR) technologies to various kinds of distortions and variations such as channel and environment distortions, emotional speech, variety of speaking rate and speaking style for multiple languages.

Acoustic model training and adaptation.

Keyword spotting and voice search technologies are plus.

Speech synthesis experience is a plus.

Improve runtime voice recognition and sample voice applications on PS3 and PlayStation future platforms for many languages.


At least 5 years’ experience and solid understanding in voice recognition and digital signal processing technologies.

At least 5 years’ experience and strong skills in scripting languages and C/C++ programming.

Experience of multi-lingual speech and language processing is preferred.

Good written and oral communication skills.

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science/Electrical Engineering, related engineering discipline, or equivalent

Master's degree or PhD in Computer Science/Electrical Engineering or equivalent is preferred

Fresh yet outstanding PhD graduates are also encouraged to apply.

To apply send email to ''

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) is home to the PlayStation® family of products, including the PlayStation®3 (PS3™, PlayStation® Vita (PS Vita), PlayStation® Mobile and PlayStation®Network. Founded in 1994, SCEA has grown into a leading global computer entertainment brand and continues to redefine interactive consumer entertainment. Since the original PlayStation® first revolutionized the world of gaming, SCEA has repeatedly set the benchmark for innovation in home and portable entertainment through amazing gameplay experiences that inspire people across the world. Based in Foster City, CA, SCEA serves as headquarters for all North American operations and employs over 2,104 people in offices located in Foster City, CA, San Diego, CA, Santa Monica, CA and Bend, OR.

It is SCEA's policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. SCEA does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law. SCEA also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled applicants and employees.



6-14(2013-10-08) Thesis proposal at LORIA Nancy F

Dans le cadre du projet ANR ContNomina (2013-2016), nous proposons  une thèse  (36 mois), financée par ce projet sur le sujet suivant : 
Exploitation du contexte pour la reconnaissance de noms propres dans les documents diachroniques 

Début : novembre-décembre 2013 Lieu : Nancy LORIA/INRIA et LIA Avignon

Résumé : L'adaptation des systèmes de reconnaissance de la parole vise à  rapprocher les modèles des conditions d'utilisations présumées ou  observées : au locuteur, à l'environnement acoustique, au domaine, etc. Tandis que les adaptations acoustiques peuvent être réalisées  de façon supervisée ou non-supervisées, sur des collections de données de tailles variables, les adaptations du modèle de langage  requièrent des grandes quantités de données et sont appliquées dans la phase de conception du système.

Dans cette thèse, nous nous concentrerons sur la contextualisation des systèmes, opération qui consiste à réaliser une adaptation  rapide et non supervisée des ressources linguistiques (lexique et modèle de langage) d'un reconnaisseur de parole. On traitera en  particulier du problème de la reconnaissance des noms propres, pour lesquels une bonne couverture lexicale est très difficile à  obtenir alors qu'ils participent significativement à l'intelligibilité du discours. Ce travail comporte deux parties  qui concernent respectivement la modélisation des contextes et l'intégration de ces modèles dans un processus de reconnaissance  multi-passes.


Liste des personnes à contacter :  Irina Illina , Responsable du projet ANR ContNomina , INRIA-LORIA , Nancy , équipe Parole, tel 03 54 95 84 90, illina @ loria . fr   Dominique Fohr , tel 03 83 50 20 27,  fohr @ loria . fr 




6-15(2013-10-10) PhD-position at CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany
PhD-position at CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany ====================================================
TOPIC: Embodied cognitive modeling of language processing and dialogue ----------------------------------------------------------------------
We are seeking highly qualified candidates who want to participate as a PhD student researcher in a larger scale project at Bielefeld University's Center of Excellence on Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) [1,2]. The project aims to investigate how a robot can familiarize itself with novel objects and actions through exploratory manual interaction in its environment under guidance of a human tutor. The goal is to develop deep representations of objects and actions, using language to engage in dialogue with the tutor to guide the ongoing interaction and familiarization process. Language processing and dialogue shall thereby be grounded in embodied cognitive processes.
In particular, we are searching for a PhD student working on the language aspects of this project. The task is to build a cognitively motivated representation system which interconnects different levels of abstraction and is grounded in the (already present) lower-level sensorimotor capabilities of the robot. The researcher will have to develop an intermediate type of conceptual representation which should be based on or is connected to schema theories and should in particular focus on dynamic representation of action. The targeted outcome is an implemented formalism for action semantics that links up lower-levels of sensorimotor processing with linguistic processing of syntax and semantics, as e.g. provided by construction grammar based approaches. A second goal is to build dialogue strategies on top of this formalism, e.g. to enable clarification questions geared to reduce uncertainty in this mental simulation.
The successful candidate has a background in Cognitive Science/A.I. and Linguistics, and is in particular familiar with, or motivated to learn about a deep understanding of cognition within holistic approaches to complex embodied cognitive systems. Knowledge on cognitive linguistic formalism and schema theory will be helpful.
Overview --------
The successful candidate is expected to have a strong background in at least two of the following areas:
* Cognitive Science * Computational Linguistics * Mental Representation * Cognitive Robotics
Candidates with expertise in several topics will be given preference. Applicants are expected to have strong programming skills, the ability to work independently, strong interpersonal skills as well as strong English language skills. Candidates should be qualified for and willing to perform state-of-the-art research. Knowledge of German is not required.
The project will provide the chance to perform cutting-edge research in an international context. The PhD applicant will be primarily associated with two research groups participating in this project: The Sociable Agents Group [3] (Prof. Dr. Stefan Kopp) developing cognitive systems capable of multimodal communication and social interaction, and the Emergentist Semantics Group [4] (PD Dr. Katharina Rohlfing) investigating the emergence of meaning in children and learning systems. Within these groups, the applicant will receive supervision and support in developing the necessary skills to produce high-quality research necessary to earn a PhD Degree.
The salary for the position is around 3.300 Euro per month (pre taxes), according to scale TV-L E 13 in the German University System and can vary depending on age, marital status, tax class, etc. [5]. The salary increases with the duration of the employment.
The position is available for two years and can be prolonged for one more year. Candidates are expected to start on January 1st, 2014. Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are expressly encouraged.
Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognised as a family friendly university. The University welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information Technology and trades and crafts. Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes.
Applications are invited until 31.10.2013 and will be processed as they are received. Interviews will be scheduled via Skype in the first half of November.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection in the second half of November.
Applications should be sent by email to
Prof. Stefan Kopp Sociable Agents Group, Faculty of Technology Email:
preferably as *one* PDF document including a CV, motivation letter, publication record (if applicable), record of teaching activities (if applicable) and any other relevant information in addition to the names of two referees.
Or by mail to the following address:
Bielefeld University, CITEC Inspiration 1 33619 Bielefeld Germany
The application should highlight the expertise in the areas mentioned above and express the research interests of the applicant.
Location --------
Bielefeld is one of the 20 largest cities in Germany (with close to 330.000 inhabitants) [6]. It is a lively city with a lot of cultural and entertainment opportunities. It is located in the heart of the Teutoburg Forest [7], offering many opportunities for outdoor and leisure activities.
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]ür_den_öffentlichen_Dienst_der_Länder [6] [7]

6-16(2013-10-10) Poste d'ATER, Aix-Marseille, F

Un poste d'ATER rattaché au département de sciences du langage et au laboratoire Parole et Langage à Aix-Marseille Université a été ouvert dans le cadre d'une campagne de recrutement au fil de l'eau.

Vous trouverez un appel à candidatures à l'adresse : Il s'agit du poste P1-941 pour lequel la date-limite de dépôt des candidatures est fixée au 18 octobre et la date de prise de fonction au 1er décembre.

6-17(2013-10-11) Postdoctoral Research Positions at the Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh, UK

Postdoctoral Research Positions in

Speech Synthesis and Speech Recognition

The Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh

Closing date: 18th November 2013

We have open postdoctoral research positions in speech recognition and speech

synthesis, which are part of the large UK project

Natural Speech Technology.

The topics of research to be undertaken in these positions is flexible. We encourage

applicants with their own research agenda, provided that it fits within the objective of the

project, which is to advance the state of the art in speech technology by making it more

natural, approaching human levels of reliability, adaptability, and conversational richness.

Speech Synthesis:

Our specific interests in speech synthesis include – but are not limited

to – the following:

• Machine learning for vocoding.

• Fluent speech synthesis.

• Shallow stochastic natural language generation to improve fluency.

• Beyond decision tree parameter tying, including neural network approaches or tree

intersect models.

• Use of synthetic speech in assistive technologies.

Speech Recognition:

Our specific interests in speech recognition include – but are not

limited to – the following:

• Wide domain coverage and models which make use of rich contexts.

• Cross-lingual speech recognition.

• Neural network models.

• Adaptation and canonical modelling techniques for acoustic or language modelling.

• Distant speech recognition.

• Approaches based on models incorporating articulatory data.


Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR) is an exciting, vibrant,

interdisciplinary research centre and a great place to work. We are part of the

University of


(QS world ranking 17th) linking the world-class subject areas of Informatics /

computer science (QS world ranking 15th) and

Linguistics (QS world ranking 5th).

Founded in 1984, CSTR is concerned with research in all areas of speech technology

including speech recognition, speech synthesis, speech signal processing, information

access, multimodal interfaces and dialogue systems. We have many significant

collaborations with the wider community of researchers in speech science, language,

cognition and machine learning for which Edinburgh is renowned, and a wide network of

collaborators across the globe.

For further details, and links to the online application procedure please visit

Informal enquiries about these positions should be made to Prof Steve Renals

( or to Prof Simon King (


6-18(2013-10-11) Assistant Professor tenure-track position in computational linguistics/language science at Rochester Institute of Technology


Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Liberal Arts



Position Title: Instructional Faculty

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor

Faculty Type: Tenure Track

Department: English

PC# 8735 Requisition# 797BR

Anticipated Start Date:  August 13, 2014



The Department of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for an Assistant Professor of English tenure-track positionto begin August 13, 2014 with specialization in computational linguistics and/or innovative technical methods in language science, with a focus on one or more areas of application. Possible areas include:


  • Cultural or social analytics

  • Speech technology

  • Human-computer communication

  • Clinical, assistive, and/or access technology

  • Cognitive modeling of linguistic processes (for example reading)

  • Games and/or social media


The applicant should demonstrate a fit with our commitment to collaborate with colleagues across the university on curricular and research initiatives in digital humanities and language science.



The successful applicant will be a teacher and a researcher with an agenda that emphasizes innovative technical methods in linguistics, for instance natural language processing, corpus-based studies, linguistic/multimodal sensors, speech technology, and/or other computational approaches. We are seeking a scholar who engages in disciplinary and interdisciplinary teamwork and has a coherent plan for grant seeking activities. The right candidate will contribute to our department’s profile in the digital humanities, in addition to furthering our interdisciplinary language science curriculum in a college of liberal arts at a technical university. Contributions that build students’ global education experiences are additionally valued.


Teaching assignments may include Introduction to Language Science, Language Technology, Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Advanced Topics in Computational Linguistics, Language & Brain, self-designed courses, and other courses in the linguistics or general education frameworks such as Dialects & Identity, Text & Code, or Evolving English Language. The course teaching load is 3/2.


We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to Student Centeredness; Professional Development and Scholarship; Integrity and Ethics; Respect, Diversity and Pluralism; Innovation and Flexibility; and Teamwork and Collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values,honor code, and diversity commitment.  



RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT.  Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges and institutes emphasizing career education and experiential learning.  With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation.  RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years.  RIT is responsive to the needs of dual career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.


Rochester, located on Lake Ontario, is the 79th largest city in the United States and the third largest city in New York State.  The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly one million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 16% African and Latin Americans and another 7% of international origin.  It is also home to the largest deaf community per capita in the U.S.  Rochester ranks 3rd best metropolitan regions for Raising a Family' by Forbes Magazine; 6th among 379 metropolitan areas as “Best Places to Live in America” by Places Rated Almanac; 1st in Expansion Management Magazine’s ranking of metropolitan areas having the best “Quality of Life in the Nation”; and is among Essence Magazine’s “Top 10 Cities for Black Families.”



  • Ph.D. in Linguistics (or an allied field) in hand prior to appointment date

  • Advanced graduate coursework in language science and technical methods

  • Evidence of outstanding teaching

  • Experience teaching or mentoring diverse or multi-disciplinary students

  • Evidence of publication and a coherent plan for research and grant seeking activities

  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.



Apply online at Search: 797BR. Please submit your cover letter; CV; copy of transcripts of graduate coursework; a research statement; a teaching statement; writing sample/portfolio; Contribution to Diversity Statement; and the names, addresses and phone numbers for three references.



Please direct questions to Dr. Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm at: or (585) 475-7327.



Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2013.


RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientations, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.




6-19(2013-10-16) Part-time Position (E13, 50%) in the field of “Adaptive Speech Synthesis”, Bielefeld University, Germany

Part-time Position (E13, 50%) in the field of “Adaptive Speech Synthesis”, Bielefeld University, Germany

The Excellence Cluster Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) [1] at Bielefeld University [2], Germany offers an open part-time (PhD) position in the field of 'Adaptive Speech Synthesis”. The position (TV-L E13, 50%) is part of the interdisciplinary large scale project “Cognitive Service Robotics Apartment as Ambient Host” funded by CITEC.

Cognitive interaction technology such as social robots or ambient intelligent environments have still not achieved socially smooth interaction skills that allow them to seamlessly blend in to our everyday lives consisting of a large variety of social situations. To achieve such skills for our intelligent robotic apartment an interdisciplinary team of roboticists, linguists and psychologists is working together.

One research focus lies investigates the interaction of psychological, linguistic and situational factors influencing human perception, interpretation and behavior. Here, our research pertains to questions relating to social categories, linguistic style and adaptive behavior. In our second research strand on social awareness we investigate how to determine classes of situations that are relevant for behavior adaptation. Methods for automatically recognizing such situations from large-scale sensoric input will be developed. Verbal and non-verbal interaction capabilities are investigated and modeled in the third research dimension enabling interaction with ambient interfaces and combining multi-modal dialogue with physical interaction. Finally, to achieve 24/7 operation we address issues of software architecture and extend existing system engineering approaches to our research environment. We further focus on questions of data management to deal with the large amounts of data and their efficient storage for further research.

The overall approach builds on a highly dynamic process of evaluation and implementation, thus requiring excellent team qualities from all researchers.

Work in the open position will concentrate on the further development of a speech synthesizer as part of an incremental dialogue system and its integration into a cognitive robotic apartment. The speech synthesis will be able to adapt its voice and speaking style according to situational needs (background noise, interaction role), across different embodiments (as robot, as part of the ambient interaction components of the apartment) and interaction partner (guest, familiar person). The various situations lend to a set of interaction primitives along with the necessary stylistic adaptations that need to be empirically investigated and defined. As the apartment will be equipped with a variety of verbal and non-verbal interaction capabilities, an optimal interaction strategy needs to be determined based on the situational needs. The adaptive speech synthesis will be evaluated throughout its development as part of the project.

QUALIFICATIONS  The successful candidate is expected to have a strong background in:

  • Speech Synthesis and/or Speech Enhancement
  • Prosody
  • Experimental Phonetics

Candidates with expertise in several of the topics mentioned above will be given preference. Applicants are expected to have strong programming skills, the ability to work independently but as part of a larger team, to be open for interdisciplinary collaboration and to have strong English language skills. Knowledge of German is not required.

The position is embedded in the Work Group Phonetics and Phonology within the Faculty of Linguistics and Literature. The group’s research focus lies in multimodal interaction, discourse prosody, rhythm and prosodic prominence in natural and synthetic speech. An overview of the ongoing workgroup projects and publications can be found here: [5]. 

Postdoc applicants will have the chance to perform independent research on the topics of the group that qualifies them for an academic career and allows them to position themselves as independent researchers in the community. PhD applicants will receive extended supervision and support through the collaboration with the project partners at CITEC, in particular Prof. Dr. Petra Wagner.

The salary is according to scale TV-L E 13 (50%) in the German University System and can vary depending on age, marital status, tax class etc. The salary increases with the duration of the employment. An online tool to calculate the post-tax income can be found at [3] (indicating E 13, 50%).
The position is funded for three years. Candidates are expected to start on 01.03.2014. Applications are invited until 23.12.2013 and will be processed as they are received.
Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are expressly encouraged. Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognized as a family friendly university. The University welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information Technology and trades and crafts. Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes.
Bielefeld is one of the 20 largest cities in Germany (with approx. 330.000 inhabitants). It is a lively city with a lot of cultural and entertainment opportunities [4]. Located in the heart of the Teutoburg Forest, it offers opportunities for outdoor and leisure activities.
CONTACT AND APPLICATION  Informal inquiries can be sent to A full application shall consist of (i) detailed resume or CV and (ii) a concise statement why you are interested in this research project., preferably given in one pdf-document.
Please submit your application via email to: [1]



[5] (German)

Prof. Dr. Petra Wagner
Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft
Universität Bielefeld
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld
Tel.: +49 521 106-3510
Fax: +49 521 106-2996 

6-20(2013-10-17) PhD Stipend in Sound Scene Analysis for Hearing Aid Applications, Aalborg University, DK
PhD Stipend in Sound Scene Analysis for Hearing Aid Applications ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Electonic Systems a PhD stipend in Sound Scene Analysis for Hearing Aid Applications is available within the general study programme Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The stipend is open for appointment from December 1, 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Job description --------------------- The PhD researcher will work on the research project 'Sound Scene Analysis for Hearing Aid Applications'.
This research project focuses on the problem of statistically optimal sound scene analysis. Specifically, the problem is to optimally determine the number and physical location of sound sources and furthermore analyze the sound scene in terms of background noise level, reverberation level, etc. Mother Nature imposes fundamental limits on the accuracy with which this information can be extracted from time-limited, noisy microphone signals: the project is concerned with determining what these limits are and designing algorithms which approach them.
While initial phases of the project focus on 'local' sound scene analysis algorithms which make use of the microphones in a given hearing aid, later stages encompass emerging wireless technologies, which allow hearing aids to communicate with external, wirelessly connected, microphones.
You may obtain further information concerning the scientific aspects of the position from Professor Jesper Jensen, Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University and Oticon A/S, phone: +45 39138981, email:  and
The research project is a cooperation between Aalborg University, Aalborg and Oticon A/S, Copenhagen who is a world-leading hearing aid manufacturer. The successful applicant will be enrolled at Aalborg University; the research will be carried out partly at Aalborg University and partly at Oticon.
The Department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University and Oticon A/S offer an attractive scientific environment in an international team of scientists and access to state-of-the-art equipment and labs.
We are looking for a candidate with a Master (or equivalent) degree in electrical engineering, computer science, physics, or a related field. Documented excellence is necessary in statistical signal processing (preferably including estimation and detection theory). Ideally, the applicant has a solid background in acoustics and/or auditory perception. Familiarity with scientific tools and programming languages such as MATLAB or C, as well as excellent English language skills are required. Knowledge about hearing aid technology is desirable.
The application must include - application and a letter of motivation, - CV, - a copy of your university diplomas and grades, - one-page description of the candidates research ideas within the research area, - three named references incl. contact information, - relevant publications, if any.
Application Deadline: November 15, 2013.
PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Masters degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 18 of January 14, 2008 on the PhD Programme at the Universities. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.
The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: ,  phone: +45 9940 9589.
The faculty have a research school, The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science: and a Network for all PhD students:
The application is to be submitted at
Agreement ---------------- Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of March 26, 2012 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance Circular of June 13, 2007 on the employment structure at Danish Universities.
Deadline: 15/11/2013 ------------------------------

6-21(2014-10-24) Chargé de recherche CDD Ircam, Paris
L'Ircam recrute pour son département Recherche et Développement, un(e) chargé(e) de recherche et développement expert(e) en traitement de la parole et/ou en synthèse de parole. CDD à temps plein de 12 mois (prolongation de 6 mois possible). Poste à pourvoir à partir de Janvier 2014.
Plus d'infos ici :

Contact :

6-22(2013-10-30) PhD at Orange Labs France

Orange Labs cherche d'urgence un doctorant  en dialogue.


Offre de thèse :

Contact :


6-23(2013-11-04) Ingénieur de Recherche en Linguistique empirique au LABEX Empirical Foundations of Linguistics

Le LABEX Empirical Foundations of Linguistics cherche un        Ingénieur de Recherche en Linguistique empirique






Barbara Hemforth, LLF








Université  Paris 7








23  mois (1er février 2014-31 décembre 2015), renouvelable     




Entre  1600 et 2000 € par mois (net) en fonction de la  qualification




Linguistique  empirique, Psycholinguistique, Mouvement oculaire,  EEG, Techniques      comportementales














Les candidats sont appelés à travailler dans le cadre d'un projet en linguistique sur 10 ans intitulé 'Empirical foundations of  linguistics' C'est un  travail à temps plein. Il est possible d'envisager deux ingénieurs à temps  partiel en fonction des candidatures.


Le  candidat retenu devra présenter ses diplômes en  linguistique et psycholinguistique du niveau Master. Un doctorat sera  un atout supplémentaire. Le français pourra s'avérer utile mais pas nécessaire. Les candidats seront   auditionnés par un comité d'experts. L'accent sera  mis sur les qualités du candidat pour la recherche empirique (bonnes      connaissances de paradigmes expérimentaux et statistiques), attestées par un     mémoire de Master ou  équivalent, ou une thèse de doctorat (ou PhD) ou d'autres travaux de recherche. Joindre à la candidature :


•  un CV


•  deux noms de référents (avec leur adresse  email)


•  Adresse email et publications


Le  candidat travaillera avec une équipe interdisciplinaire composée de linguistes,      de psycholinguistes et de linguistes informaticiens. L'activité consistera :

  • à harmoniser et mutualiser les techniques expérimentales du Labex

  • à  développer de nouveaux paradigmes (surtout mouvements  oculaires et EEG).

  • Le   candidat participera à la coordination du travail  empirique et à l'enseignement.

  • Nous recherchons un candidat ayant une formation solide en linguistique et psycholinguistique et de hautes aptitudes techniques et  sociales.



6-24(2013-11-06) Funded PhD research fellowships at University of Trento, Italy
The Signals and Interactive Systems Lab (University of Trento, Italy) is looking for top-candidates
 for funded PhD research fellowships. We are looking to cover the following areas of interest: 
- Signal Processing for Speech and BioSignals 
- Automatic Speech Recognition 
- Natural Language Understanding (Text/Speech/Multimodal) 
- Dialog Modeling and Systems (Text/Speech/Multimodal ) 
- Machine Learning 
Candidates will be working on research domains such as Mobile Interactive Agents, 
Question Answering Systems, Speech/Text Mining, Statistical Machine Translation, 
Human Behavior Understanding, Crowd Computing and ICT applications to teaching and learning.
 The SIS Lab research is driven by interdisciplinary approach to research, attracting researchers 
from disciplines such as Digital Signal Processing, Speech Processing, Computational Linguistics, 
Psychology, Neuroscience and Machine Learning. The mission of the lab is to : 
A) understand diverse signal ( e.g. speech, text, biosignals, multimodal ) generated by humans 
in their interactions with machines, humans and complex systems including both. 
B) to train and design machines that are able to support humans in their interactions in a social, 
physical and virtual space. For more info on the research carried out, visit the lab 
website: The official language ( research and teaching ) of the department
 is English. FELLOWSHIP Gross amount of the fellowship is 1.607.48/month. PhD students 
benefit from reduced campus lodging, transportation and cafeteria reduced rates. 
For more information about please visit the graduate school website. 
DEADLINES: January 31, 2014 HOW 
TO APPLY: Master level degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering (or similar ) 
as well Computational Linguistics ( or similar ). Students with other background (Physics, 
Applied Math) may apply as well. Background in at least one of the posted research areas is 
preferable. All applicants should have good very programming and math skills and used to 
project team work. Interested applicants should send their 
1) CV along with 
2) their statement of research interest and 
3) have three reference letters sent to: Email: 
For more info: Lab web page: 
PhD School : 
Department : 
Information Engineering and Computer Science Department (DISI) DISI has a strong focus 
on Interdisciplinarity with professors from different faculties of the University (Physical Science, 
Electrical Engineering, Economics, Social Science, Cognitive Science, Computer Science) 
with international background. DISI aims at exploiting the complementary experiences present 
in the various research areas in order to develop innovative methods and technologies, 
applications and advanced services. University of Trento The University of Trento is ranked 
as premiere Italian university institution. University of Trento is an equal opportunity employer. 

6-25(2013-11-15) Post-doc in the project CHASING, Radbout University, The Netherlands

Vacancy for a post-doc in the project CHASING :
CHAllenging Speech training In Neurological patients by interactive Gaming


* Requirements
- you have a PhD in Computational or Applied Linguistics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Informatics, Cognitive Science, or Education;
- you are an experienced experimental researcher;
- you have a demonstrable ability to work in a team;
- you have programming skills- (e.g. Python, Java, JavaScript, HTML5, C/C++);
- you have an interest in e-Health, especially gaming and speech technology for speech training;
- you have a good command of the English language. Knowledge of Dutch is considered an advantage;
- you have good communication skills.

* Job description
As a postdoctoral researcher you will take part in the research project CHASING: 'CHAllenging Speech training In Neurological patients through Interactive Gaming'.
Current results indicate the need to develop advanced, motivating training devices that provide guidance on articulation improvement and support the integrated benefits of intensified, independent speech training. Since serious games are known to have strong motivational power, the CHASING project aims to investigate to what extent serious games and game principles motivate and support neurological patients in speech training.
To this end, an interactive, intuitive, user adaptive game for speech training which employs advanced speech technology will be developed and tested.
Your work will mainly address research question 1: How can speech technology and gaming be combined in an advanced, robust application for speech therapy that provides the necessary feedback?
You will be involved in developing dedicated speech technology, especially 'automatic speech recognition' (ASR) technology, integrating it into the game and in designing the game. You will carry out experiments with neurological patients, to study the effects of the game and how the game (incl. the speech technology) can be improved.

* Contact persons
  + Helmer Strik
    +31 24 3616104
  + Lilian Beijer
    +31 24 3659718 / 3659140


6-26(2013-11-15) Director at ICSI, Berkeley, CA, USA


International Computer Science Institute

Berkeley, California

The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) is a leading center for research in computer

science and one of the few independent, nonprofit research institutes in the United States. With its

unique emphasis on international collaboration, ICSI brings together experts from around the world to

focus on a variety of computer science topics. This is accomplished through active international

visitor programs in which researchers from abroad visit ICSI to work with staff scientists and their

networks of academic, government, and industrial partners. There are approximately eighty scientists

in residence at ICSI including principal investigators, postdoctoral associates, visiting researchers, and

students. ICSI funding primarily comes from US Federal agencies and international visitor programs.

To learn more about ICSI, please go to

ICSI is currently seeking candidates for Director of the institute. The Director will serve as the leader

and administrative head of the Institute, and report directly to the Board of Trustees. As institute

leader, the ICSI Director’s primary responsibilities are to act as an external advocate for ICSI research

and to work collaboratively with ICSI researchers and staff to: strengthen and expand ICSI’s research

agenda, identify and pursue strategic funding opportunities; maintain and expand ICSI’s international

visitor programs; and re-envision ICSI’s relationship with UC Berkeley. The Director will also

continue her/his own research program, if applicable, but the Director’s main goal is to create an

environment that enables ICSI researchers to succeed.

ICSI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minorities

are especially encouraged. Please send CVs to




6-27(2013-12-12) 5 fully-funded Ph.D. scholarships in linguistics Univ Freiburg Germany

The University of Freiburg, Germany, invites applications for 5 fully-funded Ph.D.

scholarships on the topic of frequency effects in language, beginning no earlier than

April 1, 2014, and no later than September 1, 2014. Successful applicants will be

members of the Research Training Group on “Frequency effects in language”

(Graduiertenkolleg GRK 1624/2), which after successful evaluation of its work by the

German Research Foundation (DFG) is entering its second funding period.

Synopsis: Frequency is assumed to be an important determinant in usage-based

models of language change, language acquisition and language processing. In the

Ph.D. projects this determinant will be investigated with a view both to its explanatory

potential and its limitations. The proposed research combines quantitativecorpuslinguistic

methods with experimental psycho- and neurolinguistics in the analysis

of standard and non-standard data from a wide range of European languages. This

agenda builds on cutting-edge research in usage-based linguistics, carried out both

internationally and in the Research Training Group’s own work during its first funding

period (October 2009 to March 2014).

Linguistics in Freiburg: The University of Freiburg has created a unique

infrastructure and environment for research in linguistics and cognitive science,

especially for young scholars at Ph.D. and postdoctoral level. Key elements in this

environment are strong linguistics sections in the Departments of English, German,

Romance Languages and Slavic Studies, several Masters programmes in linguistics

and cognitive science, the Hermann Paul Center for Linguistics (HPCL), and the

Hermann-Paul-Graduate School of Language Sciences (HPSL), which is jointly

operated with the neighbouring University of Basel.

We offer:

o a full grant of 13,200 per annum for a period of up to 3 years

o additional travel grants and funding for materials and equipment

o funding for inviting guest scholars and organising workshops

o an interdisciplinary teaching programme that enables you to carry out state-ofthe-

art research in usage-based linguistics

o an efficient supervision and mentoring programme

o a high-profile research environment bridging the gap between linguistics and the

cognitive-psycholinguistic sciences

o a vibrant community of Ph.D. students and post-docs in the language sciences

o one of the leading European universities (both in teaching and research;

member of the League of European Research Universities)

o a campus in the city centre with a highly international atmosphere

o one of the most attractive university towns in Germany (total population: about

220,000), capital of the Black Forest, bordering on France and Switzerland

We expect:

o an excellent first degree in linguistics, cognitive science, or a related field

o full commitment to a Ph.D. project on frequency effects in language

o excellent command (written and spoken) of either English or German, the

Group’s two working languages; basic German for routine conversation is

helpful, but not a requirement

Deadline for application: 31 January 2014

A list of possible Ph.D. topics is provided on the Group’s website. Applicants are also

welcome to suggest their own topics, where suitable, and to develop them in

discussions with potential supervisors.

For more information on the Special Research Training Group, the nature and range of

Ph.D. projects envisaged, and details of the application process, please visit the

following website:

Come and join one of the currently most vibrant linguistics scenes in Europe!




Research Positions in Spoken Language Communication Technology  at Spoken Language Communication Laboratory National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Kyoto, Japan

Applications are invited for the above full-time research positions in the areas of ASR, TTS and Spoken Dialogue, with planned starting date of 1st April 2014. The closing date for applications is 29th November 2013, but we are going to extend it until the positions are filled.

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) is Japan's administrative research institution specializing in the field of information and communications technology, and the NICT Spoken Language Communication Laboratory, based in Kyoto, is a world-leading group in the field of innovative speech technology research. Informal inquiries should be made to Dr Yoshi Shiga (


6-29(2013-12-13) PhD student in Linguistics ZAS Brelin Germany

Subject: PhD Student, Centre for General Linguistics, Berlin, Germany

Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: The Centre for General Linguistics, Berlin, Germany

Duties: Research

Speciality Areas: Laboratory Phonology, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax


The Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), Berlin, Germany, offers a funded position for a PhD candidate who wishes to obtain the degree of Dr. phil. (philosophiae) (Salary Scale TVL-E13/2) to be filled at earliest practicable date for a period of three years.


The Centre seeks a candidate who will complete a Ph.D. thesis within these three years in one of the areas specified below.

(1) The project will be concerned with the interplay between breathing and discourse structure as being modelled in semantic theories of discourse. Certain aspects of speech respiration could also be considered under the perspective of their communicative functions.

(2) Prosodic realization of indirect speech: Reports of speech allow different syntactic realisations and different forms of semantic shifts. The project experimentally investigates prosodic and intonational correlates of these.

(3) Root phenomena in embedded clauses and/or parenthesis: This project investigates and compares the syntax and pragmatics of root phenomena in dependent structures in languages in the expertise of the candidate.


The candidate will work closely with members of at least two different program areas at ZAS. The supervisor of the Ph.D. thesis can be either a ZAS staff member who is a Professor or Privatdozent or an external Professor.


Applicants are expected to have a very good knowledge of the relevant fields of linguistic theory and a strong interest in empirical work.


Applications must be submitted via electronic mail and include the following items:
1) a letter of interest;

2) a CV;
3) a research proposal of three pages;

4) the master's thesis or equivalent, other writing samples;

5) certificates.

Applications Deadline: 5-Jan-2014

Application Email:

Further information:

project (1): Dr. Susanne Fuchs,

project (2): Prof. Dr. Truckenbrodt,

project (3): Dr. Kerstin Schwabe,


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