University of York

University of York

Research Associate

Research Associate


Language and Linguistic Science


£36,024 - £44,263 per year


Grade 6

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Fixed term

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University of York campus

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  • Role Description Department

    The Department of Language and Linguistic Science is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral Research Associate (PDRAs) to work with Dr Vincent Hughes (Principal Investigator), Professor Paul Foulkes and Dr Philip Harrison (Co-investigators), in collaboration with the Netherlands Forensic Institute and Oxford Wave Research, on their ESRC-funded project ‘Person-specific automatic speaker recognition: understanding the behaviour of individuals for applications of ASR'. The project will examine the types of speakers that are particularly difficult for automatic systems to recognise and will attempt to adapt systems to better handle those individuals. The aims of the project are to better understand how automatic systems behave, to improve overall system performance, and to contribute towards making ASR evidence admissible in UK courts.


    We are currently recruiting for a PDRA, who can be from any of the following disciplines: speech science, phonetics, sociophonetics, laboratory phonology, speech technology, automatic speaker or speech recognition, machine learning (with a focus on speech).

    This role will involve processing large-scale speech databases using Oxford Wave Research's VOCALISE automatic speaker recognition system, and changing settings related to adaptation, normalisation, and calibration. You will extract acoustic-phonetic data from the same recordings using techniques such as forced alignment and be involved in validation of expert forensic phonetic methods. You will also be involved in developing and testing novel methods for adapting automatic systems to better deal with problematic speakers. You will collaborate with the PI and CIs on dissemination and impact activities.

    The successful applicant will start on 1 July 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post is full-time and fixed term for 12 months.

    Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
  • PhD in speech science, phonetics, speech technology or another relevant discipline, or equivalent experience
  • Experience of processing large-scale databases of speech recordings (using e.g. automatic speech recognition, forced alignment)
  • Ability to conduct acoustic phonetic and statistical analyses of databases of speech recordings
  • Excellent communication skills to engage effectively with a range of audiences
  • Interview date: May 2024

    For informal enquiries: please contact Vincent Hughes at [email protected]

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

    Job details


    Research Associate


    University of York


    United Kingdom


    March 23, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 12, 2024

    Job type



    Arts and Culture,Linguistics,Literature

    About the employer

    The University of York was established in 1963 when the University Grants Commission permitted a university in 1960. The university started operating with its first batch of 230 students on Oct. 9, 1963, under the leadership of Lord James as its chancellor. Originally the university only had 28 staff members and six departments; economics, English, education, history, politics, and mathematics. At present, the university includes nine colleges and more than 30 research centers and academic departments. The university is now accredited by the Privy Council.

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