Researcher position on Bilingual Speech Transcription

The candidate will participate in the IKER-GAITU project whose objective is the development of language technologies, resources and tools for Basque. The results of the project will place Basque language in a position to allow the use of AI applications also in that language.

The specific objective of this position is to develop a bilingual Automatic Speech Recognizer for Basque and Spanish in the context of spontaneous speech. The main challenge is to overcome some of the problems found in spontaneous speech at a bilingual environment: rapid change of language (code-switching). The candidate will have to train and evaluate different strategies which can be followed to cope with bilingual code-switching. He or she will also have to prepare the suitable databases. Finally, the candidate will apply the developed systems to the specific task of transcribing speech from learners of Basque.

The candidate will perform the following tasks, among others:

  • Definition, training, validation and testing of Basque and Spanish bilingual ASR models.
  • Definition, training, validation and testing of language models for Basque and Spanish language detection
  • Definition and preparation of databases
  • Tuning and integration of the developed systems into a language level assessment task

The candidate will work with the research group Aholab, located in the Faculty of Engineering of Bilbao. The candidate will have the
possibility of attending national and international conferences.

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The candidate should preferably have a BSc degree in computer science, telecommunications engineering, or physics, and a MSc in language technologies and/or machine learning. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about speech processing and have a strong background in computer science and related fields. The applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills in English. Knowledge of Basque will be highly valued.

Our ideal candidate has experience in machine learning, deep learning, statistical analysis and speech processing, as well as a strong proficiency in programming languages such as Python. This position is also available for candidates with a PhD.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive workplace.

Duration of Contract: 

2 and a half years

Gross salary: 

The estimated gross salary for year 2023 is 32312€.

Starting date: 
Start date is flexible, with the choice of joining immediately.
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