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Speech Analyst

    Closing date: 31 Aug 2017


    MI5

    Speech Analyst

    Location: London

    Salary: 29,537 - 31,933 depending upon skills and experience

    MI5 safeguards the UK against threats to national security including terrorism, espionage, cyber-attack and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Part of our work involves listening to legally intercepted audio material. Our Speech and Acoustics Analysis team uses forensics techniques, highly developed skills and sophisticated technology to determine the characteristics of language and identities of individuals of interest in national security investigations. Whether working at the forefront of speech technology or drawing on expert audio and linguistic knowledge, our work is continually evolving and always challenging.

    The role

    As a Speech Analyst, you will use speaker identification software to help analysts and intelligence officers to progress investigations, as well as providing manual forensic analysis of voice samples where technology cannot be used. Working closely with colleagues and customers you will triage requirements and determine appropriate solutions. You will then produce written reports on your findings and conclusions. You will use audio editing software to collect and edit voice samples and prints and help to develop our speaker and language identification tools, verifying the voice print metadata and testing performance. You will also monitor audio analysts? feedback and work with other specialists in the team to ensure the highest levels of accuracy.

    You will also have the opportunity to assist our speech technicians and scientists on longer term projects to further develop specialist speech technology tools, including speech to text, and machine translation.

    The skills

    You will be a recent graduate or have relevant work experience, with knowledge or experience in forensic linguistics, socio linguistics, corpus linguistics, accent profiling, voice comparison or speech therapy. You will also have knowledge of the acoustics of speech and hearing. To succeed in this unique role you will demonstrate a genuine interest in linguistics, language and speech processing technologies.

    Along with your relevant degree, masters or PhD qualification in Linguistics, English or Foreign languages or Speech Therapy, you may have degree level knowledge of phonetics, phonology or a masters in Forensic Speech Science. Whilst not essential, you will be at an advantage with knowledge of a foreign language, or experience of using audio editing software such as Avid Pro tools or Adobe Audition. You will need to combine a talent for phonetics with knowledge of the acoustics of speech and hearing or the use of technology to support speaker verification. Knowledge of biometrics and forensics in relation to speech and linguistics would also be useful.

    The person

    You will need to be able to apply theory and technical skills on a practical and pragmatic basis, and communicate highly complex technical information verbally and in writing to a range of audiences. You will be a creative thinker, pay attention to detail, share ideas and generate innovative solutions. Team working skills and a strong customer service ethos are also vital.

    The Speech and Acoustics Analysis team often has to deliver work within operational deadlines, requiring flexibility and the willingness to adapt to changing priorities, including working out of hours and occasionally at short notice. Some UK and overseas travel may be required.

    This is a rare opportunity to take your career to another level. Join our team and we will support you in developing your personal, professional and technical skills at every opportunity, through both internal training and external courses, conferences or events.

    For more information and to apply, visit www.MI5.gov.uk/careers

    Applicants must be British citizens and normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last 10 years. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member.

    Recruitment Process

    The first thing we will ask you to do is complete our pre-screening questions to find out if you meet our initial criteria. If you do meet these criteria we will then ask you to begin an application.

    You will need to create a log in and provide your full name, email address and a memorable password. Once you have successfully created a personal account, you will be required to complete and initial registration form, providing contact details and equal opportunities monitoring information.

    You will then be invited to upload your CV and complete an online application form. Our recruitment team will conduct a sift of your application and those who are successful will be asked to complete an online test. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview, which will include some competency based questions and will explore your motivation to work for MI5. Should you be successful at interview, you may be invited to attend a final selection interview and if successful you will be invited to a security interview with a vetting officer. This is an important part of the selection process, and is not a competency or capability based interview- it is an interview to explore your life and experiences. Please be aware that the recruitment and vetting process may take around 6 months.

    You should read about the vetting process and satisfy yourself that you meet the criteria outlined in the vetting pages of the How to Apply section prior to submitting an application.

    Giving misleading information or omitting or concealing information during the recruitment and vetting process is viewed very seriously. You should ensure that you follow our guidance from when you apply.

    Guaranteed Interview Scheme

    As a Disability Confident employer we can offer an interview to all candidates with a disability who meet our minimum criteria for the job vacancy that they are applying for. This is known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS).

    Along with the standard eligibility requirements for this post, your application will be assessed on how far you meet the job requirements. Your application must score the minimum amount of points set. On successful completion of this stage and the online test, you will be invited to interview. This is our guaranteed interview.

    Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible to apply, you must meet our residency criteria. You must be a born or naturalised British citizen and one of your parents must be a British citizen or have substantial ties to the UK.

    Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside of the UK. However, we will still consider you if you?ve served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty?s Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents.

    Due to vetting requirements you will need to be 18 years old, or above, to apply. Your application may take around six months to process.

    Owing to the sensitivity of our work, we do not publicly disclose the identities of our staff. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member.

    MI5 is committed to reflecting both equal opportunities and the society we protect.

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Computational Linguist

    Closing date: 31 Aug 2017


    MI5

    Computational Linguist

    Location: Central London

    Salary: 33,398 - 36,106 depending upon skills and experience

    MI5 safeguards the UK against threats to national security including terrorism, espionage, cyber- attack and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Part of our work involves listening to legally intercepted audio material. Our Speech and Acoustics Analysis team uses forensic techniques, highly developed skills and sophisticated technology to identify items of intelligence value in national security investigations. Whether working at the forefront of speech technology or drawing on expert audio and linguistic knowledge, our work is continually evolving and always challenging.

    The role

    As a Computational Linguist at MI5, you will identify, plan and conduct research and development work on cutting edge projects relating to speech processing technologies. You will be building and adapting models for speaker and language identification, automatic speech recognition and machine translation. This will see you working at the forefront of this fast-evolving field alongside commercial experts and other partner agencies, developing new capabilities to support the work of analysts.

    The person

    You will need to be able to apply theory and technical skills on a practical and pragmatic basis, and communicate highly complex technical information verbally and in writing to a range of audiences. Team working skills, flexibility and a strong customer service ethos are also vital in this role.

    The skills

    It is likely that you are a graduate with a genuine interest in linguistics, language and speech processing technologies. You may have studied Computational Linguistics, Mathematics, Signal Processing or Statistics. It is important that you have knowledge of modelling and coding. Ideally, you are experienced in Linux, Python, C# or Java programming. You may also have knowledge of the Phonetics and Phonology of English and/or another language, Socio Linguistics or Speech Science.

    This is a rare opportunity to take your career to another level. Join our team and we will support you in developing your personal, professional and technical skills at every opportunity, through both internal training and external courses, conferences or events.

    For more information and to apply, visit www.MI5.gov.uk/careers

    Applicants must be British citizens and normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last 10 years. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member.

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