Language Engineer

Snips is hiring!


Snips is an AI-powered voice platform for connected devices. It enables makers and companies to add voice recognition and understanding to their products or services.

Created in 2013, the vision behind Snips has been to put an AI assistant in every device, making technology so intuitive that it disappears into the background. We are now over 70 people, with offices in Paris and New York.

What makes Snips unique is that everything runs locally on the device the user is speaking to, meaning no data ever gets sent to the cloud. This guarantees Privacy by Design and resilience to internet outages, making Snips the first ever voice technology to be GDPR compliant.

Our web platform was launched in June last year, and already has more than 15,000 developers who created over 24,000 assistants.

Snips is looking for passionate people who want to contribute to our vision to make technology disappear. More than a company, we see ourselves as a community that values purpose, inclusiveness, curiosity, grit and impact. We expect future Snipsters to be curious and want to learn continuously, helping each other solve the various problems they are working on.

What you will do

Snips is looking for a Computational linguist/Language Engineer to join our team in Paris. Our language team is responsible for the language dependant logic of our products.

You will be involved in the enrichment of our NLP pipeline, for Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU):

  • Collection, organization and maintenance of corpora and lexicons for the different languages we cover (French, English, German, Japanese, and new languages coming soon), with the help of native speakers
  • Writing of grammars for entities recognition: numbers, dates, amounts of money, etc (improvement of the existing grammars, creation of grammars for new languages)
  • Testing and evaluation of our NLP pipeline (for each component and end-to-end)
  • Building and testing apps for specific purposes (weather, smart home, etc)
  • Creation of the phoneset for new languages, with our ASR team and with native speakers

You will work with two senior Computational Linguists, in close collaboration with our Product, Engineering and Machine Learning teams.

English is the official language of the company, as we have over 12 different nationalities, so don't worry if you don't speak French!

On top of a competitive salary, we offer many perks including relocation assistance and VISA sponsorships, laptops, makers kits, language classes, sports classes, full health insurance, a transport card and free lunches!

What we are looking for

  • Degree in Computational Linguistics
  • Experience in an industrial setting (at least one internship)
  • Programming skills (at least one scripting language, Python would be great)
  • Comfortable with the use of the Shell and of Linux commands (experience in the use of IDEs and software versioning appreciated)
  • Knowledge of General Linguistics (Phonetics, Phonology, Semantics, Syntax and Morphology)
  • Knowledge of Information Extraction (grammars, regular expressions)
  • Knowledge of ASR and NLU technologies
  • Proficient in English, and in at least one other language (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin or Arabic appreciated, but please let us know all the languages you can speak!)

Recruitment Process

  • Application form
  • Challenge at home
  • Technical interview
  • Onsite trial

Additional Information

  • Contract type: Full-Time
  • Start date: 15 October 2018
  • Location: Paris, France (75002)
  • Education Level: Master's Degree
  • Experience Level: > 6 months