Linguist for Italian

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 60 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 13,000 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

Two central components of our solutions are Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU). In the past years, we have designed state-of-the-art ASR and NLU solutions for French, English, German and Japanese.

We are now looking for an awesome linguist to help us extend our solution to Italian.
We are offering a 3-month position within our Linguistics Team: temporary contract, internship or freelance.

It will involve:

  • translating example sentences from English into Italian
  • informing our teams about Italian, in terms of phonology, grammar, morphology, etc
  • helping our linguistics team build and test formal grammars for Italian
  • helping our teams build a phonological model of Italian, and check the pronunciations
  • preparing guidance for crowdsourcing workers, and checking their work
  • creating voice apps for Italian (weather app, smart home app, etc), and working on demos for our prospects
  • evaluating our technology for Italian

You will work with our Computational Linguists, and later with our Product team. You might also collaborate occasionally with our Machine Learning and Engineering teams.

What we are looking for

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Linguistics or Natural Language Processing
  • Perfect proficiency in Italian (native speaker or equivalent level)
  • Good command of English
  • Good knowledge in General Linguistics, applied to Italian (Phonetics, Phonology, Semantics, Syntax and Morphology)
  • Ability to grasp technical concepts, and to understand simple formal representations (that we will explain to you)
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with different teams, to adapt to their needs, and to convey information about Italian effectively
  • Knowledge in Natural Language Processing is a plus (formal grammars, regular expressions, etc)
  • Knowledge in command line is a plus (unix-style terminal)

Recruitment Process

  • application form
  • small challenge at home
  • interview, and possibly a short on-site trial

Additional Information

  • Contract type: Temporary (3 months)
  • Start date: 10 September 2018
  • Location: Paris, France (75002)
  • Education Level: Bachelor's Degree