Linguist for Portuguese

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

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 Portuguese.
We are offering a 3-month position within our Linguistics Team.

It will involve:

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

You will work with our Computational Linguists. You might also collaborate occasionally with our Product, 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 Portuguese (Portuguese from Portugal or Brazil, native speaker or equivalent level)
  • Good command of English
  • Good knowledge in General Linguistics, applied to Portuguese (Phonetics, Phonology, Semantics, Syntax and Morphology)
  • Good knowledge of the differences between Portuguese spoken in Portugal and in Brazil
  • 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 Portuguese 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
  • on-site interview

Additional Information

  • Contract type: Temporary (3 months)
  • Start date: 14 January 2018
  • Location: Paris, France (75002)
  • Education Level: Bachelor's Degree