As the Applied Scientist – Speech Recognition at Lucas Systems, you are at the forefront of innovation. Always challenging the status quo, your team is discovering new techniques to capture and transform data to inform, optimize and disrupt a rapidly changing and expanding industry. Our cross-functional team of experts know the only constant is change…and that excites them!
As a member of Lucas’ Machine Learning and Optimization team, you will work in collaboration with some of the brightest, most talented software engineers in Pittsburgh. You’ll enjoy knowing that your team is making a recognizable impact to the growth of a profitable, established but entrepreneurial, software solutions company. Your primary focus will be in building cutting-edge analytics and data science solutions, performing statistical analysis, and building high quality prediction systems integrated with our suite of products. You’ll help build applications that can be productized for the market as part of the entire Lucas platform and experience.
The Applied Scientist – Speech Recognition will be responsible for:
Working with 3rd party speech recognition vendor to optimize performance of our speech platform
Staying up to date on speech recognition research to ensure the Lucas Speech Platform offers the best customer experience possible
Applying data science techniques and digging into weaknesses to analyze system performance of our current ASR models, in order to identify further areas for improvement
Working with product development team members to bring to market high integrity, analytic solutions that align with organizational and revenue goals
Applying a range of NLP methods in practical application, as well as developing NLP components: writing rules, building grammars/FSTs, creating annotation systems or mappings for the target language
Being the resident advisor to cross-functional teams with regard to analysis, insights and statistical methodologies. Clearly articulating the same to a wider audience as well (e.g., presenting at trade shows, writing white papers and blogs, etc.)
MS or PhD in Computational Linguistics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent in a related discipline
5+ years of experience using Python, C/C++, Java, and SQL or other programming languages
2+ years of experience working with speech recognition toolkits (such as HTK, Kaldi, SRILM, OpenFST, or equivalent proprietary systems)
Strong knowledge of ASR concepts and research trends
Bias toward action. Do what it takes to ramp up and solve problems quickly. Ability to synthesize large amounts of data to make informed decisions and act on them.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex ideas to various groups.
Demonstrated commitment to producing high quality, well-designed and flexible solutions
Speech recognition and speech synthesis (TTS) research or development experience (speech recognition accuracy evaluations, use of APIs and/or tuning of speech recognition systems like CMU SPHINX and Nuance VoCon 3200, etc.)
Lucas Systems helps companies transform their distribution center operations and continuously adapt to changing market dynamics. We dramatically increase worker productivity, operational agility, accuracy, and reduce the need for labor. Lucas solutions are built on 23-plus years of deep process expertise and smart software using AI-based optimization technologies. Our solutions feature Jennifer, the brain, voice, and orchestration engine that drives performance improvement gains. We help customers make the smartest moves at the lowest cost with Jennifer.
Founded in 1998, Lucas is a growing and consistently profitable organization with an expanding global customer base and offices in North America and Europe. We offer a dynamic, collaborative, innovative and entrepreneurial work environment that continues to create opportunities for both personal and professional growth for high-performing individuals throughout the United States and Europe.
Our culture has been as carefully managed as our growth and our products. We believe in what we do, as much as we believe in each other. We believe in rewarding great thinking and initiative. We attract high-quality people who like to work... hard, and they stay with us for many years.
We offer: Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, 401(k) Match, and Paid Time Off (PTO); Free Parking; Flexible Work Hours; Casual Work Attire; Employee Recognition Program; State-of-the-Art Office Space, Furniture and Equipment; Foosball, Ping Pong, Pool Table and More; Free Snacks and Beverages; and Cash Bonus for Employee-Referred Hire