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Researcher for Software Engineering in Speech Processing

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland’s largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.

As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering (SoE) emphasises topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 13 institutes and centres guarantee superior-quality education, research and development with a focus on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.

Since 2013 the Institute of Applied Information Technology has teamed up with five other institutes from three departments to establish one of the first interdisciplinary Data Science Centers in Europe – the ZHAW Datalab (www.zhaw.ch/datalab).

Within the Research Group Software Systems we are looking for a highly motivated
Researcher for Software Engineering in Speech Processing

Researcher for Software Engineering in Speech Processing

We have acquired a major research project on dialogue systems, starting in Autumn 2020, for which we are looking for a software engineer who collaborates with our speech processing experts. The goal of the project is to build a training system for police officers who interrogate children. There exist many pitfalls in such interviews, such as posing suggestive questions. Our system will simulate such an interview (by applying an animated avatar and speech recognition) and allow the police officers to talk to the virtual kid in a natural way. Each simulated kid has a story that is based on a specific case, and a personality that prompts its behavior. Our system will be a key means in the education of the police officers, such that they can become better suited for real-life interviews with children.
 
The project runs until 2024, and the position can be turned into a PhD position by mutual agreement.

Your responsibilities: 

  • Contributing to the research project mentioned above and to other projects, in the form of software development, data analytics, experiments etc. 
  • Publication of results in the form of scientific papers, demonstrators and open source software 
  • Support in writing project proposals 
  • Occasionally supporting lecturers in teaching (e.g. during exercises and labs)

The successful candidate has finished a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in computer science (or similar) at a research university or a university of applied sciences. He or she must demonstrate fundamental skills in software engineering and architecture and a passion for programming. Experience in using machine learning/deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow or sklearn are an additional asset. Good communication skills in English and German are required for the work in our multidisciplinary team. A high level of ambition and willingness to take ownership and responsibility, as well as strong problem-solving skills are very well considered.

We offer a competitive, technically stimulating and exciting environment at one of the leading houses for data science research in Switzerland. The position will allow to publish papers at scientific conferences and journals. You will work in an inspiring team that is committed to intellectual liberty and scientific excellence. Among other things, we have achieved top-3 ranks at  several competitions such as SemEval, GermEval and VarDial. The compensation is competitive based on Swiss standards.

ZHAW offers its employees a flexible annual working time model and places for children and infants in supervised day care centres.

Do you have any other questions?
For additional information, please contact Prof. Dr. Mark Cieliebak, phone +41 (0) 58 934 72 39, e-mail ciel@zhaw.ch. 

Are you interested?
If you would like to apply, please use the online platform to send your full application until September 25, 2020, attn. Anja Windler, Recruiting Assistant.

The School of Engineering strives for an increase of women in responsible positions. Applications of women are particularly welcome.

2020-09-07
ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Winterthur