LINGUIST List 11.254

Sun Feb 6 2000

Jobs: Comp Ling: Usability Engineer, Syntax: Lecturer

Editor for this issue: James Yuells <>


  1. Hiring Manager, Comp Ling: Usability Engineer at Conversa, Seattle, WA, USA
  2. Chris Golston, Syntax: Lecturer at California State University, Fresno, CA, USA

Message 1: Comp Ling: Usability Engineer at Conversa, Seattle, WA, USA

Date: 4 Feb 2000 23:20:24 -0000
From: Hiring Manager <>
Subject: Comp Ling: Usability Engineer at Conversa, Seattle, WA, USA

Rank of Job: 
Areas Required: Usability Engineer
Other Desired Areas: 
University or Organization: Conversa - Conversational Computing
Department: Quality Assurance
State or Province: Seattle, WA
Country: United States
Final Date of Application: 03/31/00
Contact: Hiring Manager

Address for Applications:
8522 - 154th Avenue NE
WA 98052

Job Title: Usability Engineer

Job Description:
The successful candidate will advise Conversa on the principles of
interface design and perform in-person experiments to evaluate the
effectiveness of Conversa's product interfaces. The candidate
will also design and conduct in-person experiments to analyze the
effectiveness of Conversa's proprietary speech technology.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
�	Locate subjects representative of targeted end users
�	Provide data on end-user acceptance of design/engineering options
�	Provide data on end-user subjective evaluation of Conversa's
proprietary text-to-speech engine for multiple languages.
�	Provide data on the accuracy of Conversa's proprietary speech
recognition engine for multiple users in different environments for
multiple languages.
�	Perform any other duties which may be assigned or necessary.

	Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
�	Thorough knowledge of statistics, speech perception, and psychology
�	Experience with designing and conducting human experiments
�	Knowledge of proper treatment of human subjects in experiments
�	Principles of software interface design
�	Knowledge of Visual Basic or other tools for creating graphical
�	Familiarity with the design cycle of software

	Education, Certification, Training and/or Minimum Qualifications
�	Ph.D. in Psychology, Speech Science, or related field
�	Strong statistical background
�	At least 2 years experience with human subjects and experimental

Additional Information (travel requirements, physical requirements, etc)

�	Able to work with limited supervision
�	Able to communicate effectively with scientists, developers, and
marketers to publicize usability data
�	Self-motivated
�	Willing to relocate to Redmond, Washington

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Message 2: Syntax: Lecturer at California State University, Fresno, CA, USA

Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 18:48:28 -0800
From: Chris Golston <>
Subject: Syntax: Lecturer at California State University, Fresno, CA, USA

The Department of Linguistics at California State University, Fresno
announces a one-year position in syntax, as follows:

1. Proposed Appointment: LECTURER

2. Available for the Academic Year 2000 - 01 ; Fall 2000 ; Spring 2001 .

3. Salary: Placement on the salary schedule is dependent upon
 academic preparation and professional experience.

4. Teaching Load: 12 semester units.

5. Course Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

6. Specific Position Characteristics:
The successful candidate will be expected to strengthen the department's
offerings in syntax. Familiarity with diverse syntactic frameworks is
Secondary areas of interest might include historical linguistics,
morphology, or language acquisition. The successful candidate may be
called upon to teach in a distance education mode. The successful
candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in
the department
and school.


1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) or ABD in Linguistics with an emphasis in
syntax is required.
2. Teaching or other professional experience: Candidates should demonstrate
a commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate
levels as well as a strong interest in research and publication. They must
have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from
diverse backgrounds. Candidates with successful grant writing experience
are encouraged to apply.


California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California
State University System. The University's mission is to offer high quality
educational opportunities to qualified students at the bachelor's and
master's levels, as well as in joint doctoral programs in selected areas.
The current enrollment is approximately 18,000 culturally rich and diverse
students. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while interacting
with the state, nation, and world. Through applied research, technical
assistance, training and other related public service activities, the
University anticipates continuing and expanding partnership and linkage
with business, education, industry, and government.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population over 600,000, is
located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, on the western edge of the
Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The campus is within easy driving distance
of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National
Parks, the Monterey Peninsula, Lake Tahoe, beaches, sailing, and numerous
ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in
California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.

APPLICATIONS: Correspondence, applications, CV, three recent original
letters of recommendation, sample publications (if any) and teaching
evaluations (if any) should be sent to:

Dr. Shigeko Okamoto, Committee Chair
Department of Linguistics
California State University, Fresno
5245 N Backer M/S PB/92
Fresno, CA 93740-8001

Phone: (559) 278-2441
Fax: (559) 278-7299

FILING DEADLINE: Open Until Filled: To ensure full consideration,
applicants are encouraged to have all application information on file by
March 1, 2000.

The California State University is committed to providing equal
opportunities to male and female CSU students in all campus programs,
including intercollegiate athletics.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the University to
inform you that we can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully
authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present
documentation verifying his/her identity and right to accept employment.

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Employment Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants receive equal
consideration in the selection process. We particularly encourage
applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups
protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Vietnam era veterans,
and persons with physical disabilities.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Department of Linguistics, PB 92
California State University Fresno
Fresno CA 93740-8001

Office: (559) 278-2136
Home: (559) 292-7049
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