Natural Language Understanding API for Speech that runs on device

Senior Speech Scientist

$60k - $160k / 0.10% - 0.50%
Helsinki, Finland / Remote
Job Type
3+ years
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Otto Soderlund
Otto Soderlund

About the role

We are looking for an experienced speech scientist to join our team, onsite or remotely. You have been building modern ASR and NLU solutions and are up-to-date with the latest developments within the academia. You are comfortable working with the latest machine/deep learning technologies and are accustomed to independently implement the latest research findings. You will be working very closely with our Chief Scientist, who has been developing Amazon Alexa, Echo and FireTV products.

You will be a central part of our speech science team responsible for:

  • Developing our in-house speech recognition and natural language understanding systems
  • Prototyping novel ASR and NLU solutions
  • Designing automated data processing pipelines for speech and language data
  • Large-scale training of statistical models for ASR and NLU
  • Evaluating and benchmarking the ASR and NLU systems

You will be a great candidate for this position if you have:

  • Real passion and talent to develop outstanding ASR and NLU solutions, in several languages
  • Good programming skills to prototype ML systems, iterate the solutions, and get them deployed
  • Familiarity with large-scale data processing
  • Understanding of modern software development practices
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Good team work skills

We expect you to master most of the following tools and technologies:

  • Programming languages: Python, C/C++, scripting
  • Machine learning: PyTorch and/or TensorFlow
  • Cloud: AWS, Google Cloud
  • DevOps: Docker, Kubernetes
  • ASR tools: OpenFST, LM tools, Kaldi
  • Developer tools: Git, Github

We can offer you a once in a lifetime opportunity to build something amazing with us, and of course also:

  • Opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technologies
  • Competitive salary that is aligned with local cost of living
  • Employee equity plan
  • Liberal remote work policy
  • Attractive perks and benefits
  • Awesome office space
  • Top-notch kit (latest Macs etc)
  • Opportunity to work with a world class & fun team
  • Opportunity to contribute into creating our culture

Why you should join Speechly

The Fast, Accurate and Simple Voice API for User Interfaces and Social Experiences

We create technology that enables developers and companies to easily add voice functionalities into their services (apps, websites, digital services, hardware, processes...). We believe that the true killer app for voice technology is still to be seen and it won't have anything to do with smart speakers or voice assistants. The existing solutions by Google, Amazon, Apple etc. address only a small fraction of the problems that can be solved with voice, as they focus on a question-answer typed of voice only problems. This is good for information retrieval (e.g. what's the weather) or simple remote control (e.g. turn on the lights), but is very frustrating in many others (e.g. online grocery retail). Have you ever met anyone who would absolutely love and praise their Siri or Alexa? Nope, we neither... We have developed our own proprietary speech recognition and NLU technology specialized in domain-specific real-time tasks, based on our team members' experience from Google, Apple (Siri) and Amazon (Alexa, Echo, FireTV, Dash). Our unique technology allows the creation of intuitive multi-modal interfaces unlike any seen before.

Our people

We believe in small super professional teams who are fully capable of organizing their work independently. We believe that a small team of motivated and smart people working on solving a big problem can achieve miracles and challenge the incumbents. We believe that modern professionals know how to best plan their work in terms of where to work, what tools to use etc. We also believe that our open and fair culture allows people to develop themselves and progress their career fuelled by our fast growth, challenging work assignments and super-smart co-workers. We believe that everyone should laugh every day at work as work should always be fun and motivating.

If you see challenges as opportunities, enjoy working in a superstar team and want to have fun at work, you will fit right in.

Team Size:10
Location:Helsinki, Finland
Hannes Heikinheimo
Hannes Heikinheimo
Otto Soderlund
Otto Soderlund