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SoundTalks

SoundTalks develops and implements monitoring tools that are based on the automated analysis of sounds. Our launch product was an early warning tool for the automated detection of respiratory problems in fattening pig houses. Based on the continuous counting of coughs and sneezes, SMS or e-mail notifications are sent from the SoundTalks cloud to farmers and veterinarians. Early warning and appropriate action can lower the amount of antibiotics used and the amount of meat production that is lost.
SoundTalks is a 7-year-old spin-off of the KULeuven and the University of Milan. Currently our team counts
10 people, but we are on a fast growth track. We need your help to accelerate our growth and to be ready with new products as soon as possible!

Digital Signal Processing Engineering Intern (PFE)

Being a global player in the growing PLF industry, we are seeking talented DSP-Engineer interns to join our team for a 6 months internship. The accepted candidates will be able to work on the next generation of audio-analysis algorithm from the first day and help building a game changing product.
Are you passionate about audio signal processing and would like to have the opportunity to take current technologies to the next stage? You are a creative mind, do not like thinking inside a confining box and your abilities give you great confidence in your own work? Then we would like to hear from you!

Responsibilities

  • Becoming fluent in SoundTalks sound analysis algorithms.
  • Developing new algorithms and extend the core set of sound features.
  • Validating new audio algorithms agains our large database of existing recordings.
  • Following and monitoring ongoing research in audio analysis.
  • Providing and receiving regular, constructive feedback to and from your peers.
  • Be passionate about what you are doing.

Requirements

  • Last Year of Master Degree or Engineering School in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, a scientific or related discipline such as Signal Processing and Telecommunications.
  • Good experience with Matlab and/or Python and common frameworks such as pandas, numpy and scipy.
  • Understanding of relational databases (SQL).
  • Experience in machine learning is a plus.
  • Fluent in English. Dutch, French, Spanish or German are a plus.
  • You are willing to take responsibility for the development of our products and you take initiative where needed. Working hours from 9h to 17h are not what you are looking for, but you appreciate the flexibility that is offered by the team when needed.

Why SoundTalks?

SoundTalks NV is a young and innovative company based in Leuven (~20km from Brussels). Founded as a spin-off of 2 departments of KULeuven, SoundTalks develops algorithms for monitoring livestock’s health status. Featured on the list of the top 10 most innovative start-ups in Belgium, SoundTalks commercial successful product, coined pig cough monitor or PCM, is shipped and used by farmers throughout the world for early detection of respiratory health issues in fattening pigs. Utilising cutting-edge sound analysis algorithms, a PCM system continually records and analyses the sound in pig farms to issue early warming alerts to the farmer and/or associated veterinarian when health problems occur. Since the foundation of the company 7 years ago, the company has progressively grown and recently welcomed its 10th employee.

Benefits

  • Competitive internship compensation
  • Opportunities to grow along with our young company
  • Work in an unique atmosphere with motivated and result-driven co-workers
  • Be part of a high-performance team where your contributions really matter.

Solicitation procedure

Interested candidates can take contact with Cournut François and send their CV and a brief Cover letter.
Cournut François R&D, SoundTalks NV Ambachtenlaan
3001 Leuven Belgium
Mail: francois.cournut@soundtalks.com

Audio DSP Engineer (m/f)

SoundTalks is looking for an experienced audio DSP engineer (m/f) to join our team in Leuven, Belgium. If you are interested in making a difference in a young and innovative company, check out this opportunity and join us for our next adventures!

The role

As an audio DSP engineer, you'll design and implement new audio algorithms. Your work on the audio algorithms is at the heart of our products. As a small and innovative company, SoundTalks strives for fast market introduction of all new developments according to the scrum framework. What's in for you: product ownership and definitely a clear impact on one of the most strategic parts of our innovations.
You co-execute our running R&D projects and you will generate ideas for future projects. Scientific contributions are presented on international conferences, where you can share the innovative work you do at SoundTalks with fellow audio DSP experts.
Your typical week would include designing, testing, implementing and validating audio algorithms.
In the first six months, you will work on the refinement of our existing algorithm for cough detection in pig houses, more specifically on:

  • Methods for the improvement of algorithm sensitivity on different locations
  • Extension of the existing algorithm towards cough detection in younger pigs
  • Expansion of the core set of sound features to build into the next generation of our sound analysing algorithms

Requirements

  • Our ideal candidate is extremely passionate about audio algorithms, has a strong scientific background in digital signal processing, is result-driven and can work independently.
  • At least 3 years of quantitative experience in audio algorithm development
  • Master's or PhD degree in Electronic Engineering, Communications, Computer Science or related discipline with demonstrable industry experience.
  • Deep understanding in the application of the latest digital signal processing techniques
  • Proficient in Python. Matlab, C, C++, Gitlab or Java experience a plus.
  • Fluent in English. Dutch, French, Spanish or German are a plus.
  • Flexible team player with good inter-personal skills and an ability to work as a member of a team working on large and complex projects
  • An inquisitive attitude and strong analytical skills.
  • Agile development attitude
  • You are willing to take responsibility for the development of our products and you take initiative where needed.

Why SoundTalks?

Working for SoundTalks means you are part of a growing and international expanding company. Revenues have accelerated over the last couple of years and we face exciting times as our growth continues. When you join our team, you can experience the joy of innovative product development in an exciting environment where your own contributions will be valued and have a significant impact on the end product.

Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Be part of a high-performance team, your contribution really matters.
  • Opportunities to grow along with our young company
  • Work in a unique atmosphere with motivated and result-driven co-workers
  • Enjoy the successes of new product releases, where you can make the difference.

Solicitation procedure

Interested candidates can take contact with Wim Buyens via e-mail.
Dr. ir. Wim Buyens Head of R&D
SoundTalks NV Ambachtenlaan 1 3001 Leuven Belgium
E-mail: wim.buyens@soundtalks.com

Spontaneous sollicitations

SoundTalks is looking for talented, self-motivated people with an entrepreneurial spirit. Feel free to send us your CV using the form below.

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