Speech Engineer

Hemel Hempstead, UK Senior Level 2 weeks ago

This is a full-time and permanent position to work remotely with a rapidly growing startup building the go-to platform for anyone wanting to speak a new language well. 

A greater London-based company, whose mission is to integrate the latest language, voice & A.I. processing technologies with an intuitive user interface to offer the world’s best self-guided spoken language platform for improving verbal communication.

We are on the hunt for a full-time, talented speech engineer, who wants to take the next step!

The position: 
You’re probably already a dab hand at taking the latest insights from research and rapidly shifting those into real-world production. You’ll likely have experience with one or more speech toolkits such as HTK or Kaldi, multilingual DNN training or general deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow or PyTorch;or open-source speech-to-text engines such as Pocketsphinx; research or practical coding experience in one or more areas of speech and language processing, such as:- speech enhancement, speech recognition, pronunciation evaluation, speech synthesis, machine translation, AI/ML/DL/statistical solutions, speaker recognition etc.

Joining a growing startup team, you will be responsible for building, developing and evolving our speech & pronunciation recognition system.

As you will be developing our core ASR capabilities you should have more than a passing interest in making speech recognition better. We are looking for someone who can work independently with confidence and little oversight; who is not afraid of unknowns or breaking new ground to help us build the best pronunciation recognition technology in the business. 

You will have the opportunity to truly make this role your own, as the company heads towards series A.



We value real-world pragmatism, experience and can-do attitude over fancy chit-chat and three-letter acronyms. How you perform will have a material impact on the company.



  • Graduate degree, or higher, in Statistics, Engineering, Mathematics, or Computer Science related area. Or equivalent practical speech related development experience
  • Strong grasp of techniques and fundamentals involved in ASR
  • Experience working with standard speech and/or machine learning toolkits, such as Kaldi, KenLM, TensorFlow, etc.
  • Expertise in modern speech recognition, neural net (RNN/DNN/LSTM), acoustic and language models
  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently with confidence and little oversight
  • Analytical mind-set with a data-driven approach to making decisions and attention to detail
  • Have a drive to help those around you learn and improve every day
  • Ability to quickly prototype state-of-the-art algorithms following recent developments
  • Ability to write high quality code with a strong understanding of software engineering practices
  • Full-time availability
  • Eligibility to work in the UK


  • Commercial experience in ASR or a related field
  • Experience of working in an agile software environment
  • Comprehensive knowledge of machine learning and statistical modelling
  • Experience in deep machine learning and related toolkits, e.g. Theano, Torch, etc.
  • Expertise in Python, Go, and/or C++ software development
  • Good knowledge of semantics, syntax, morphology, phonology and lexicography 
  • Ability to work with large noisy datasets
  • Proficient knowledge of Tensorflow, PyTorch or similar DL frameworks
  • Strong grasp of data structures, algorithms and communication protocols.

What we can offer

  • Flexible working environment, including working remotely
  • The opportunity to build something that really matters and grow with the company
  • A workplace that encourages you to think and act for yourself 
  • No micromanaging (we haven’t got time for it)
  • Outside London, home counties, location (Remote working opportunity)
  • Competitive salary
  • Company pension
  • Employee Share Scheme

This job is exclusively advertised through Prolancer.com.  Apply from here.

Skills required for this job:
Speech To Text C++ Computational Linguistics Go Machine learning Python TensorFlow ASR PyTorch HTK Kaldi DotNetNuke DNN Pocketsphinx Morphology

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Paul E
  • Experience Senior Level
  • Duration 6+ months
  • Job type Full-time
  • Payment type £££ - COMPETITIVE
  • Location Hemel Hempstea ..

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