LINGUIST List 7.1782

Tue Dec 17 1996

Jobs: Educational Testing Service

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  1. tim habick, Jobs - Educational Testing Service

Message 1: Jobs - Educational Testing Service

Date: Tue, 17 Dec 96 10:33:11 EST
From: tim habick <>
Subject: Jobs - Educational Testing Service


The Reasoning Group at ETS will offer interviews to qualified
linguists at LSA's meeting in Chicago in January. A sign-up sheet
for personal interviews will be available in the Job Center.

ETS hired four linguists in 1996, three of them as a result of
interviews at the LSA in San Diego.

ETS offers competitive salary and benefits. Currently, temporary
positions only are available in the Reasoning group. These are
normally practical only for people living within a reasonably
close commuting distance from Princeton, NJ. Temporary positions
often lead to regular-staff or term-of- contract positions; the
linguists hired in 1996 all started with temporary positions and
were later offered term-of-contract positions.

Staffing needs at this time suggest that at most one linguist
could be hired in the Reasoning Group in 1997. However, we are
always interested in talking to qualified applicants in case
unexpected positions become available.

Responsibilities of examiner positions include writing and
reviewing reasoning or verbal questions for inclusion in tests
for entry into graduate and professional schools. Minimum
qualifications for regular-staff positions include a master's
degree and approximately 4 years' relevant work experience, or an
equivalent combination of education and experience. Successful
candidates for examiner positions in recent years have completed
their doctorates. Temporary positions are available now and
regularly for candidates with less than the minimum requirements
for regular staff appointments.

Desirable qualifications include coursework or teaching
experience in any or all of the following areas: informal and
formal logic, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, generative
phonology, and cognitive psychology. Linguists and logicians
specializing in other areas who have outstanding writing skills
are encouraged to apply, as are linguists with extensive teaching
experience in composition or rhetoric. College teaching
experience and a broad general background of knowledge are
desirable. There are currently seven linguists working in the
Reasoning Group, with backgrounds in syntax, semantics,
phonology, and sociolinguistics. Other professional staff in the
Reasoning Group have backgrounds in logic, philosophy,
statistics, the classics, and foreign languages. Linguists are
also employed in other groups at ETS. Resumes sent to the
Reasoning Group are forwarded, when appropriate, to other work
groups within ETS.

Precise and fluent use of the English language and meticulous
attention to detail are required for these positions. The
ability to accept exacting criticism of one's writing and to
revise appropriately is one of the most important prerequisites
for success in the Reasoning Group.

Mailing address:

Timothy Habick
Reasoning Group (30-P),
Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541.
Fax: (609) 734-5075
Voice: (609) 734-1876 (not available Wednesdays)
Fax and voice numbers will change in late January, 1997
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