LINGUIST List 30.53

Sun Jan 06 2019

Jobs: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics: Researcher, Educational Testing Service

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 03-Jan-2019
From: Dave Yanchuk <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics: Researcher, Educational Testing Service, USA
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University or Organization: Educational Testing Service
Department: Research & Development
Job Location: , USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Research Engineer (Open Rank)

Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics


ETS's Research & Development division has an opening for a research engineer in the NLP & Speech research group. The projects in this research group focus on the application of NLP, speech, dialog, and multimodal processing algorithms in automated scoring capabilities for assessment and learning tasks involving constructed responses.

Basic Functions and Responsibilities:
- Implement and contribute to the planning of assessment components including NLP, speech processing, dialog systems, or multimodal processing in the scope of complex research projects for ETS researchers, testing program areas, and external clients. Consult with experienced research scientists in the application, modification, and documentation of such systems using established technologies, and novel approaches from the research literature.
- Analyze, design, modify, develop, document and implement technologies for executing complex NLP, speech, dialog, and multimodal research and development tasks.
- Consult area- or division-wide on the development of technologies for executing complex NLP, speech, dialog, and multimodal research and development tasks.
- Contribute to the evaluation and/or the implementation and support of new NLP, speech, dialog, and multimodal methodologies to support research system development.
- Contribute to the preparation of research project proposals and related cost/resource estimates.
- Maintain continuing awareness of recent advances in NLP, speech processing, multimodal analytics, dialog, machine learning, and software development methodologies.
- Develop technical documentation of NLP, speech, dialog, and multimodal systems, solutions and results.
- Assist with area-wide staff training and development initiatives through one-on-one mentoring and/or small group training exercises.
- Develop external professional relationships and work to cultivate a scientist’s identity.

- A Master's degree in Computer Science, NLP, Cognitive Science, Educational Technology, Human Computer-Interaction, Language Technology, Computational Linguistics, Linguistics or a closely related field is required.

- Four years of diverse experience in natural language, speech processing, dialog, or multimodal analytics, handling increasingly more complex and diverse research and development tasks, are required. Candidates with less or more experience will be considered for the appropriate level position.
- A strong programming background (preferably in Python), and facility with computational algorithms are essential. Experience in statistics and using machine learning toolkits (such as scikit-learn and Tensorflow) are highly desirable. Experience with text and speech processing software and/or spoken dialog tools/frameworks (such as NLTK, Praat, OpenSMILE and Kaldi) is desirable.

Other Requirements:
- Knowledge of UNIX and Windows computing environments.
- Familiarity with UNIX tools, scripting languages, and tools for managing software projects.
- Familiarity with algorithms, methods and data structures in common use in the processing of speech, language, dialog, and multimodal data.
- Excellent verbal and written communication.

To apply, please see the application link provided below.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Senior Recruiter Dave Yanchuk
Phone: 609-406-5291

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