Postdoctoral Researcher in Text-to-Speech Synthesis

WorkplaceZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The ETH Media Technology Center is a place where you will work connecting research and innovative industry applications to build the media technologies of tomorrow. To achieve this, the center provides a unique arrangement that allows a lively knowledge exchange between industry partners, experts, and students to work on the digital transformation of media, covering salient disciplines such as media technology, digital journalism, and design. To join our interdisciplinary team, we offer a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Speech Synthesis.

Project background

At the Media Technology Center, we are currently exploring how speech synthesis methods can allow for new possibilities to create engaging audio content. Previously, we have built the first voice assistant that can understand and speak in the local Swiss dialects (low-resource text-to-speech). A new project at MTC aims to expand on this work and explore technologies that allow for controllable, adaptive, and expressive text-to-speech synthesis. While automatic text-to-speech systems have dramatically improved over the past years, current technologies have issues that make them hard to apply for applications in the media industry, especially for radio and video broadcasts. They often lack expressiveness in the produced speech, and the original speaker is often re-identifiable based on the generated speech.

Job description

You will be responsible for 1 to 2 applied research projects with a clear focus on the potential impact for our industry partners. Initially, you will drive the research for our project on expressive text-to-speech synthesis with clear deliverables and milestones. For this, you will be developing new algorithms and systems and adapting the state-of-the-art to the specific challenges in the industry. In dialogue with our partners, you will develop novel methods with direct real-world applications. You will be working closely with research engineers who will implement your research into software prototypes. You will supervise 1 to 3 Bachelor's and Master's students per semester and interns supporting the projects. You will benefit from a lively exchange of interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of machine learning, computer graphics and vision, and natural language processing.

The initial employment contract will be for 12 months. Further contract extensions on an annual basis will be decided during the initial employment.

Your profile

  • Must hold a Ph.D. in computer science or related fields (e.g., electrical engineering, computational science)
  • Proven track record in speech synthesis or related fields
  • Interest in working on applied research projects at the intersection between academia and industry
  • Proficiency in written and verbal communication in English
  • Experience in supervising Bachelor and Master students
  • Speaking one of the national languages of Switzerland is a plus: German, French, Italian, Romansh

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Cover letter: a short (one page or less) statement of your research interests and your motivation for joining the MTC
  • CV and publication list
  • University degree(s)

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via e-mail or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Media Technology Center can be found on our website, ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> . For more information about the position, contact Dr. Fabio Zünd by e-mail (no applications).

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