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Microsoft Corporation Full Time Opportunities for PhD Students or Recent Graduates: Cognition and Speech Scientist in Redmond, Washington

Artificial intelligence (AI) is dramatically transforming people’s work and life now. Speech technology is in the center of the transform. Speech recognition and text to speech (TTS) are essential pieces to enable intelligent agent in the AI era. Microsoft’s mission is to build human parity TTS voices for as many languages in the world and drive end to end user experience and market impact with the technology we built. Pushing the boundary of speech technology in Microsoft products including Cortana, Windows, XiaoIce, Skype and cognitive services in multiple product lifecycles is an exciting undertaking and a continuous effort to push on boundaries.

Do you want to work on a meaningful and impactful project and make a difference?Are you willing to learn from others and open to new ideas?Do you want to support others to succeed and operate in a highly-collaborative and global environment?If this sounds like you, Microsoft would like to invite you to come join us as you are, where you can find more than just a job.Read on to learn more about opportunities and apply online!

Responsibilities

We are looking for a motivated, self-driven software development engineer/scientist to join our mission to change the world with TTS technology.

  • Advance the state of the art of TTS technology

  • Improve the speech output quality in terms of naturalness, expressiveness.

  • Provides good guidance on core speech output algorithm investigation.

  • Work on collaborations with Microsoft Research

  • Drive the speech output technology roadmap for Microsoft

Qualifications

  • Currently has or is in the process of obtaining their PhD degree in CS/EE (with focus in one or more of Speech Applications) and are within 12 months of completion.

  • Effective communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative environment.

  • Full understanding of the tradeoffs for decisions made in speech output.

  • Deep Understanding in at least one related below a) HMM Speech Synthesis Guided Unit Selection, Voice Adaptation, Prosody Modeling, b) Natural language generation or understanding, c) Deep learning on NLP / speech for end to end neural TTS technology d) Speech recognition or speech signal processing.

  • Strong software development skills, aptitude for process design Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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