Sr. Speech Scientist

$120,000 - $170,000 yearly
  • SRI International
  • Menlo Park, CA, USA
  • Apr 04, 2019

Job Description

SRI’s Speech Technology and Research (STAR) Lab seeks a self-motivated, team-oriented, experienced leader and innovator to work in the area of audio and speech analytics, for example speaker identification and characterization, speaker state detection (emotion, confusion, etc.) or acoustic environment characterization. The work will include advancing technology capabilities, determining client needs and understanding client data, winning new funding, interacting with clients, both government and commercial, and leading current or new projects in these areas.

STAR Lab engages in leading-edge research in speech recognition, speaker characterization, speaker and language identification, machine translation, natural language processing and other areas of speech/language technology, offering opportunities from basic research to prototyping, productization, and widespread deployment. The multidisciplinary research team consists of excellent speech researchers, linguists and software engineers. Characteristics of STAR staff are enthusiasm, self-motivation, initiative, passion for learning, taking ownership, thriving in a flat organizational hierarchy, and a desire to control their own career paths.

SRI International is a premier nonprofit research organization based in Menlo Park, California with a mission to create world-changing solutions making people safer, healthier, and more productive.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the world’s center for innovation and technology, SRI’s focus spans everything from basic research to delivered systems, government and commercial work and spinning off successful companies like SIRI. Flexible cross-laboratory teams often form dynamically to solve challenging problems spanning multiple disciplines.


  • A PhD degree or equivalent with at least 10 years of experience in speech technology.
  • Prior interest in the areas of audio or speaker characterization, speech recognition and machine learning is an advantage.
  • Experience leading teams on projects in either academia or industry, along with a record of either writing successful proposals (government or industry) or managing a team in the speech area is required.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English are expected.
  • US citizenship is a plus but not required. Must be willing to travel as needed.

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