Speech synthesis specialist

Applications are invited for a research position in text to speech systems at the Language and Voice Laboratory (lvl.ru.is) at Reykjavik University's School of Science and Engineering. The position is sponsored by the Icelandic Language Technology fund grant "Environment for building text-to-speech synthesis for Icelandic." The main aim of the work will be to set up and advance research on speech synthesis back-end architectures for parametric speech synthesis. The successful candidate will work closely with the other members of the lab who focus on the language specific problems such as text normalization, phonemic analysis and phrasing. Even though the main objective of the work will be on Icelandic, working with other languages will be welcome. The successful candidate will contribute to the academic output of the lab as well as the publication of an open TTS environment for Icelandic.


Skills and qualifications

  • MSc/PhD degree in applied mathematic, statistics, computational engineering or computer science is preferable
  • Knowledge of mathematical modeling is preferrable (e.g. differential equations, neural networks, linear systems)
  • Good skills in applying and analysing algorithms
  • Good knowledge of Linux is preferable
  • Ability to use shell scripts is advantageous (bash, awk, sed)
  • Good programming skills are necessary (e.g. C++, Java or Python)



The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.


Further information regarding the position provides Jón Guðnason (jg@ru.is), associate professor at School of Science and Engineering, and Anna Björk Nikulásdóttir, research specialist at School of Science and Engineering. Interviews will start September 14th, but applications received after that date will be taken into consideration if the position has not been filled by October 15th. 2017. Applications must be submitted on the Reykjavík University website, here below. All inquiries and applications are treated as confidential.



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  • Reykjavik University
  • Menntavegur 1
  • 101 Reykjavík
  • Phone nr: +354 599 6200