Contract jobs at Google

1. Text To Speech Language Engineer
 
Employer: Employment agency contracting for Google
Rank or Title: TTS Language Engineer English Language (knowledge of South African, Nigerian and or American English a bonus)
Specialty: TTS, Computational Linguistics
Location: London, UK
Deadline: Open until filled
Contact email: tts_jobs at google.com
 
Brief Job Description:
You will be helping with technical tasks involved in creating a speech synthesiser. This includes:
1. Developing rules for a text normalisation system; 2. Large scale data mining; 3. Customising language building tools for English language;  4. TTS quality evaluation
 
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Recent CS or Computational Linguistics graduate or closely related discipline 
2. Native-level speaker of English 
3. Proficiency in Unix/Python/C++ 
4. Interest in data mining and natural language processing a plus
 
Project duration: 6-11 months (with potential for extension)
**This is not a permanent position but a contract position through an employment agency. Applicants must be currently authorised to work in the UK.**
 
For immediate consideration, please email your CV and cover letter in English (PDF format preferred) with “TTS Language Engineer [English]” in the subject line.
 
Email Address for applications: tts_jobs at google.com
Contact information: Caroline Piercy
Closing date: open until filled
2. Speech Linguistic Project Manager – South African English

As a Linguistic Project Manager and a native-level speaker of South African English, you will oversee and manage all work related to achieving high data quality for speech projects in your own language.

You will be based in London or Johannesburg, managing a team of Speech Data Evaluators and working on a number of projects towards TTS synthesis.

This includes:

  • training, managing and overseeing the work of your team
  • creating verbalisation rules, such as expanding URLs, email addresses, numbers
  • creating annotation conventions
  • evaluating data quality
  • providing expertise on pronunciation and phonotactics
  • working with QA tools according to given guidelines and using in-house tools

Job requirements:

  • native-level speaker of South African English (with good command of the standard dialect)
  • keen ear for phonetic nuances and attention to detail; knowledge of the language’s phonology
  • ability to quickly grasp technical concepts; should have an interest in current speech,mobile and online technology
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • good organizational skills
  • previous project management and people management experience
  • previous experience with speech/NLP-related projects a plus
  • advanced degree in Linguistics preferred; experience with Computational Linguistics a plus
  • also a plus: proficiency with HTML, XML, and some programming language; previous experience working in a Linux environment
Project duration: 6-11 months (with potential for extension)
**This is not a permanent position but a contract position through an employment agency. Applicants must be currently authorised to work in the UK for London hires or South Africa for Johannesburg hires.**
 
For immediate consideration, please email your CV and cover letter in English (PDF format preferred) with “Speech Linguistic Project Manager [en-ZA]” in the subject line.
 
Email Address for applications: tts_jobs at google.com
Contact information: Caroline Piercy
Closing date: open until filled
 
3. Speech Data Evaluator – South African English (three positions)

As a Speech Data Evaluator and a native-level speaker of South African English, you will be part of a team processing large amounts of linguistic data and carrying out a number of tasks to improve the quality of our speech synthesis. You will be based in London or Johannesburg.

This includes:

  • classifying and annotating linguistic data
  • audio evaluation
  • labeling text for disambiguation, expansion, and text normalization
  • providing phonetic transcription of lexicon entries according to given standards and using in-house tools

Job requirements:

  • native-level speaker of South African English (with good command of the standard dialect)
  • passion for language with good knowledge of orthography and grammar in the target language
  • a degree in a language-related field such as linguistics, language teaching, translation, editing, writing, proofreading, or similar
  • keen interest in technology and computer-literate (should feel comfortable using in-house tools and should have an interest in current speech, mobile and online technology)
  • attention to detail and good organizational skills
Project duration: 6-11 months (with potential for extension)
**This is not a permanent position but a contract position through an employment agency. Applicants must be currently authorised to work in the UK for London hires or South Africa for Johannesburg hires.**
 
For immediate consideration, please email your CV and cover letter in English (PDF format preferred) with “Speech Data Evaluator [en-ZA]” in the subject line.
 
Email Address for applications: tts_jobs at google.com
Contact information: Caroline Piercy
Closing date: open until filled