Hawking wants a voice update

Top British brain Steven Hawking needs a new geeky assistant who can repair electronic devices with no instruction manual or technical support.

The physicist is advertising for an assistant to help develop and maintain the electronic speech system.  We guess they will also have to make coffee.

Hawking lost his real voice in a tracheotomy in 1985, but a wheelchair-mounted computer helps synthesise speech by interpreting the twitches of his face.

However, the speech system is also connected to the internet over mobile phone networks and a universal infrared remote enables the physicist to switch on the lights, watch television, or open doors either at home or at the office.

All pretty cool, but it is tricky to run. According to a snap of the back of Hawking’s wheelchair, it is loaded with coiled wires and electronic equipment.

The advert says “Could you maintain this? “If your answer is ‘yes’, we’d like to hear from you!” the website says.

Money is not that great, $38,500 but there is travel and you will probably pick up a lot about wormholes and card playing with Data on Star Trek.