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Junior Speech Researcher

We offer a 3-year junior researcher position in the project ‘Learning to read better through software that listens and gives feedback’ which is funded by the …

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Comeniuslaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 - 38 uur
€ 4166 - € 4166 per maand


We offer a 3-year junior researcher position in the project ‘Learning to read better through software that listens and gives feedback’ which is funded by the Netherlands Initiative for Educational Research (NRO), part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

This project deals with improving the reading skills of at primary school pupils. We will investigate how reading software with automatic speech recognition (ASR) can best be developed and implemented in school practice and at home. A design research methodology will be employed using ASR-based reading software designed on the basis of the needs and requirements of teachers, pupils and parents. Design ideas and prototypes will be repeatedly tested and evaluated with students, teachers and parents throughout the design process. Design and implementation will be done in close cooperation with educational publisher Zwijsen. We will investigate the possibility of providing automated feedback on reading aloud, by incorporating ASR in educational reading software, and what the effects will be of using ASR-based software at school and at home. To this end we aim to develop an ASR-based system that can deal with children’s speech. You should therefore have knowledge of and experience with speech recognition technology, preferably with Kaldi.

This part of the project will be carried out in close cooperation with the NovoLanguage company, whose educational platform will be used. The collaboration with NovoLanguage and Zwijsen is one of the attractive aspects of this position. The research will have to be documented in scientific publications in appropriate journals and relevant conference proceedings.


You should fit the following profile:

  • an MA in Engineering, Computer Science, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Computational Linguistics or any other relevant discipline;
  • experience with speech technology, preferably the Kaldi speech recognition environment;
  • fluency in spoken and written English;
  • preferably a good command of Dutch, or the willingness to learn Dutch;
  • experience with Linux OS, Git version control, scripting in Python.


  • employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
  • a maximum gross monthly salary of € 4,166 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 10)
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • duration of the contract: you will be appointed as a Researcher for an initial period of 2 months starting from January 2019, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended to the end date, 1 January 2022
  • option of implementing the position as a PhD thesis project
  • classification in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO): Researcher, Level 4
  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Additional information

Helmer Strik, Associate Professor
Telefoon: +31 24 3616104

Catia Cucchiarini, Researcher
Telefoon: +31 24 3615785

No commercial propositions please.