• Principal Research Scientist - ML/DL/Speech Recognition (Automotive)

    Location UK-Cambridge | UK-BKM-Marlow
    Job ID
    Research & Development - Speech Science
    Pos. Type
    Full Time
  • Company Overview

    At Nuance, we empower people with the ability to seamlessly interact with their connected devices and the digital world around them.  We are creating a world where technology thinks and acts the way people do by designing the most human, natural, and intuitive ways of interacting with technology.   Our nimble technology uses analytics and advanced algorithms to transform the inanimate into animate and reduce complicated processes into simple ones.  


    Join our Automotive team…intelligent systems now ready for the road. We are passionate about developing intelligent interfaces that enable people to talk to their cars, phones, devices, and other smart “things”.  


    At Nuance Automotive, we’re futurists, re-imagining what’s possible at the intersection of humans, mobility and machines – then making it happen. If you’re ready to be a part of building and delivering the ultimate, future-ready mobility experience that is miles ahead of the competition, you should join us. Building on our deep expertise and unparalleled innovation, we are accelerating the pace of change and transforming the in-car cockpit. We’ve reimagined and redefined the mobility experience, creating a new standard that goes beyond driving to a connected and informed world. Today, we’re shrinking the gap between the driver and the automobile, transforming the machine into a natural extension of the human inside. 


    While we’re busy building the next generation of the in-car user experience, we’re also focused on the next step: spinning off from Nuance into a new, independent, publicly traded company that will be solely focused on the growing mobility assistant market and its adjacent opportunities – autonomous cars, smart cities, enhanced shared mobility, and more – that are on the horizon. Our new company will be a fast-moving, innovative organization that will use our 20-year history as a springboard to the next level. There’s never been a more exciting time to join Nuance Automotive.

    Job Summary

    As a Principal Research Scientist you will do research into all aspects of speech recognition algorithms with the aim of optimizing accuracy. This will include research into algorithms to increase robustness to various acoustic conditions encountered in real-world data, as well as underlying modelling techniques.



    • Provide experimental and theoretical analysis of speech recognition problems.
    • Formulate new algorithms, create research tools, and design and implement experiments to verify new algorithms.
    • Optimize the accuracy of speech recognition systems on challenging real-world data.
    • Work with team members to build and deliver acoustic models for Nuance products.
    • Follow developments in speech recognition algorithms to keep our research state-of-the-art.
    • Perform tasks related to securing and keeping the products, tools, and processes that you are responsible for securing


    • Ideally 2-5 years of work experience
    • A good understanding of machine learning algorithms including deep learning.
    • In-depth understanding of speech recognition algorithms including neural network based acoustic and language modelling.
    • Python and shell scripting in a UNIX environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct novel research in speech recognition algorithms.
    • Good written and oral communications skills.
    • Ability to take initiative, but also follow a plan and work well as part of a team.


    Preferred Skills:

    • Good analytical and diagnostic skills.
    • Experience of running large scale experiments in a Sun Grid Engine environment.
    • Experience with C/C++.



    • Ph.D. or Master degree in speech recognition or machine learning.


    Additional Information

    Nuance offers a compelling and rewarding work environment. We offer market competitive salaries, bonus, equity, benefits, meaningful growth and development opportunities and a casual yet technically challenging work environment. Join our dynamic, entrepreneurial team and become part of our continuing success.


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