AI/ML - Computational Linguist, Siri Understanding

Seattle, WA 98104
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Posted: Sep 23, 2021

Role Number:200220436

Apple's Machine Learning and AI team transform every Apple product and because we fully integrate hardware and software, we can co...Summary


Posted: Sep 23, 2021

Role Number:200220436

Apple's Machine Learning and AI team transform every Apple product and because we fully integrate hardware and software, we can collaborate to deliver amazing experiences while protecting user data.

Siri is always learning to speak new languages and provide a locally customized experience. We achieve this by bringing together a diverse, international team of Computational Linguists with a deep knowledge of languages and passionate about natural language technologies.

Join us to craft the Siri experience for millions of users through your knowledge of phonetics, phonology and language skills.

Key Qualifications

  • Excellent knowledge of phonetics and phonology.
  • Demonstrated ability in speech technology (ASR/TTS).
  • Proficient at writing Python scripts for processing and analyzing linguistic data.
  • Detail-oriented approach to handling large datasets, including ability to identify edge-cases.
  • Excellent problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Native speaker fluency in one or more of the following Siri languages: Arabic, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Norwegian, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Thai or Turkish.


The Computational Linguistics Team consists of linguistic experts with a passion for phonetics, phonology, syntax and morphology. Our objective is to improve the Siri experience by creating high quality speech and language data resources that power Siri's natural language processing models. We aim to achieve the highest results in natural language processing by creating linguistically motivated language data.

As a Computational Linguist, you will work with other linguists and software engineers to build out and maintain the linguistic data processing pipelines for speech technology projects. You will also have the opportunity to deep dive into the phonetics and phonology of other languages with the help of native speakers in order to revamp their speech lexicon support.

Your responsibilities will include:
* Expanding language support.
* Providing linguistic guidance to support multiple projects and engineering teams within Siri.
* Training G2P models and developing new and innovative methods for pronunciation generation.
* Analysing linguistic data to identify, design and implement improvements
* Supporting analysis with statistics and visualizations for stakeholder visibility on project health.

If this is you, we'd love to hear from you!

Education & Experience

Masters degree in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Language Technologies, or related field.

Additional Requirements

  • Apple's most important resource, our soul, is our people. Apple benefits help further the well-being of our employees and their families in meaningful ways. No matter where you work at Apple, you can take advantage of our health and wellness resources and time-away programmes. We're proud to provide stock grants to employees at all levels of the company, and we also give employees the option to buy Apple stock at a discount - both offer everyone at Apple the chance to share in the company's success. You'll discover many more benefits of working at Apple, such as programmes that match your charitable contributions, reimburse you for continuing your education and give you special employee pricing on Apple products.
  • Apple benefits programmes vary by country and are subject to eligibility requirements.
  • Apple is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. Apple is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. Apple is a drug-free workplace

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AI/ML - Computational Linguist, Siri Understanding

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Seattle, WA 98104

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