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Job Posting for fluent Japanese speaker with knowledge of phonetics

From: Suzanne
Sent on: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 12:04 PM

Please contact the recruiter, Neil O'Connor, at  [address removed]  (not me - below is all I know!)

This 9-11 month contract position would require fluidity in both English and Japanese, knowledge of Japanese popular culture, as well as knowledge or educational experience in phonology and/or the International Phonetic Alphabet.

This position does not require a programming background. However, the hiring managers are stressing the necessity for experience (any amount, educational or professional) in phonetics, as the role will involve phonetic transcription.

This is a contract position that requires a commitment of a minimum of 20 hours per week, and a maximum of 40 hours a week. The duration of the contract is 9-11 months, with the possibility of turning the position into a permanent one.   Expectation is for work to be done in the office. Hours are flexible with possibility of performing the work partially from home therefore fast and stable internet connection is required.

Phonetic Transcriber, Japanese
Amazon is developing speech and language technology that powers devices like Amazon FireTV. We are seeking an experienced Japanese Data Specialist to build the lexicon and create phonetic transcription guidelines for Japanese. The candidate must be capable of producing high quality deliverables under aggressive time constraints.

Specifically, the Transcriber will:
• Build and maintain the phonetic lexicon for Japanese.
• Work with tooling team to identify and enhance features required specifically for
• Work with management on adapting transcription and annotation guidelines.
• Provide hands-on transcription and annotation services.
• Translate established guidelines into daily work practices.
• Train a small team to carry the lexicon effort forward, and work with management on workload scheduling and deliverables.

In this role, you will get to show your exceptional attention to detail and follow-through. You will also capitalize on your:
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong analytical skills and ability to quickly analyze data to draw and present
conclusions with actionable steps.
• Ability to multitask across several speech domains and work autonomously with
minimum direction.

• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to languages or linguistics.
• Excellent Japanese language skills. All candidates must be native Japanese speakers or speak Japanese at a native level.
• Excellent English language skills. Candidates must be able to communicate clearly and effectively in English with non-Japanese speaking team members.
• Up-to-date knowledge or awareness of popular culture in Japan.
• Computer literacy.
• Comprehension of a variety of Japanese accents.
• Communication skills and experience working with technical teams.
• Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work environment.

• Knowledge of applied linguistics, in particular phonology/phonetics.
• Previous transcription or annotation experience.

You will be required to submit:

1. An up to date resume, highlighting Language skills and any professional or educational transcription and/or phonography experience.

2. 2 Professional and 1 Peer reference and their contact information.

If anyone in your club is looking for a job, and has any interest in this sort of role, please have them reach out to me personally as soon as possible at [address removed] . I would be happy to provide a more in-depth job description and answer any questions.

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