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LINGUIST List 20.3883

Thu Nov 12 2009

Jobs: English, Lang Acq, English Assessment: Scientist/Engineer, Saybot

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        1.    Rachel Lai, English & Language Acquisition, English Assessment: Scientist/Engineer, Saybot LLC (Shanghai), China, Shanghai

Message 1: English & Language Acquisition, English Assessment: Scientist/Engineer, Saybot LLC (Shanghai), China, Shanghai
Date: 10-Nov-2009
From: Rachel Lai <rlaisaybot.com>
Subject: English & Language Acquisition, English Assessment: Scientist/Engineer, Saybot LLC (Shanghai), China, Shanghai
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University or Organization: Saybot LLC (Shanghai)
Job Location: Shanghai, China
Web Address: http://www.saybot.com
Job Rank: Scientist/Engineer

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; English Assessment

Required Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                            English (eng)

Description:

Saybot is a leading English learning technology platform provider for
Chinese people interested in learning and improving their English. The
company was founded and supported by technology visionaries Nicholas
Negroponte and Leonard Kleinrock, and renowned VCs CID, CMHJ, and Vickers.
Through Saybot's innovative speech-based platform, English teachers,
publishers, and schools can create and sell English curricula to 180
million English learners in China. By focusing on English learning and
language technology innovations, Saybot and its partners are making English
learning more efficient, effective and fun. Saybot has received
governmental funding and several awards, including Red Herring 100 Asia.

Job description:
As a member of the core technology team, you will:
1. Guide technology developments from a language expert point of view; work
with speech engineers on ways to use and improve speech analysis algorithms
for speech and language assessment and scoring.
2. Design English assessment tests and measure their reliability.
3. Collect, process and manage linguistic data for technology development;
transcribe, annotate and validate recordings and text from various sources;
design and conduct evaluation experiments; manage internal and external
contributors and partners.

Job Requirements (ordered by priority):
1. MSc/PhD in linguistics or related discipline.
2. Excellent knowledge of English and Mandarin.
3. Expertise in second language acquisition or language assessment.
4. Professional experience of spoken English assessment would be a big plus.
5. Project management experience would be a plus.
6. Coding skills would be a plus.

Please apply at the application email address below.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Email Address for Applications: rlaisaybot.com
Contact Information:
Rachel Lai
Email: rlaisaybot.com

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