Product Linguist

We are looking for a Product Linguist to develop and tune speech recognition systems for
deployment in consumer products. As this position will require working with multiple languages
outside of English, a strong knowledge of general linguistic theories is required. The successful
candidate will have a demonstrated background in phonology and phonetics and/or automated
speech recognition or machine learning. The candidate will also have a record of working
independently with strong time management skills, flexibility, and reliability.


Develop, review, test and improve linguistic components of speech recognition and synthesis

  • Design data collection protocol and evaluate and clean speech data for machine
    learning processes
  • Participate in detailed investigations of voice recognition performance for
    customer and internal projects.
  • Learn to use internal tools while maintaining expertise of Sensory technology
  • Interact with customers to provide guidance on dialogue design, user interface,
    and recognition set makeup for optimal speech recognition success.
  • Collaborate with software engineers, applied research scientists, computational
    linguists, and product managers on complex solutions for speech recognition


  • Strong background in general linguistic theory
  • Experience or fluency with multiple languages
  • Experience with audio tools such as Praat, SoundForge, Audacity, or Audition
  • Ability to interpret and analyze a spectrogram.
  • Strong command of phonetic transcription such as IPA, SAMPA, or WorldBet (preferred)
  • Familiarity with command line functions and Unix/Linux.


  • 3+ years experience in computational linguistics or related field
  • BA or higher in Linguistics or related fields such as Computer or Data Science with a
    focus on language.
  • Professional experience scripting with one or more computer languages such as Python,
    Bash, TCL, or other.
  • Excellent understanding of phonetics, phonological, and acoustic concepts
  • Comfortable with version control systems, preferably Git
  • Demonstrated ability in manipulation of large data sets, including transcription,
    annotation, and QA


  • MS degree in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Data Science/Computer Science
    with linguistics interest, or related field
  • Proficiency in at least one language other than English (Korean, Japanese, Portuguese,
    Spanish, French, German preferred)

Job Code#  2301-GH

Job Location: Portland
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