LINGUIST List 30.3168

Mon Aug 19 2019

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics: Researcher, University College London

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Date: 18-Aug-2019
From: Yi Xu <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics: Researcher, University College London, UK
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University or Organization: University College London
Department: Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
Job Location: London, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: Research Fellow in articulatory synthesis

Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Speech Synthesis


Duties and Responsibilities:
Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position at UCL for the project High quality simulation of early vocal learning, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project aims at improving our understanding of speech acquisition by using computational modelling to simulate vocal learning. The modelling will be done with a state-of-the-art articulatory synthesizer to emulate all critical elements of the learning process, with the goal to generate highly accurate and natural sounding speech with the learned articulatory parameters. This is a collaborative project involving researchers from four countries, and there will be multiple studies to assess the role and effectiveness of many hypothetical mechanisms in the learning process. For more details, please see project website at:

The postholder will be supervised by Professor Yi Xu. They will be responsible for writing and executing simulation programs, running perception evaluation experiments, performing data analysis, liaising with Co-Is and other researchers and participating in manuscript writing.

This post is funded for 36 months, in the first instance.

Key Requirements:
The candidate is expected to have a PhD in computer science, experimental phonetics, speech science, motor control, robotics, computational cognition, artificial intelligence, or a related area. Applicants should demonstrate proven ability in computational modelling and machine learning, proven ability to analyse and write up data, experience in working with human subjects and collaborating with other researchers. Also essential is openness to new interdisciplinary research paradigms. Proficiency in programming languages (such as C++ and Python), data analysis in R and shell scripting is also desirable.

Further Details:
A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. To apply for this vacancy please click on the application link provided below.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Yi Xu, at the contact information provided below. If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Veronia McConochie,n

Application Deadline: 02-Sep-2019

Email Address for Applications:
Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Yi Xu

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