LINGUIST List 32.2776

Mon Aug 30 2021

Jobs: Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics: Learning Scientist, Speech and Language, Duolingo

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 30-Aug-2021
From: Bozena Pajak <>
Subject: Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics: Learning Scientist, Speech and Language, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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University or Organization: Duolingo
Department: Learning and Curriculum
Job Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Learning Scientist, Speech and Language

Job Rank: Scientist

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics


Our mission at Duolingo is to develop the best education in the world and make it universally available. But we’ve got more left to do — and that's where you come in!

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning application in the world, with over 500 million users and over half a billion exercises completed daily. Beyond our core learning product, we have also entered into literacy with Duolingo ABC ( and English proficiency testing with the Duolingo English Test (

We are passionate about educating our users, making fact-based decisions, and finding innovative solutions to complex problems. We offer meaningful work, limitless learning opportunities, and collaboration with world-class minds. Come brighten your life and over half a billion more!

We are looking for a speech and language researcher with expertise in non-native speech perception & production and phonetic category learning. At Duolingo, you will have an opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, where you see the immediate impact of your work on millions of learners worldwide.

You Will...
- Collaborate with team members across different roles on improving existing learning-focused product features or developing new ones, especially ones for training second language pronunciation
- Contribute a learning science perspective by sharing with the team relevant research findings and translating them into concrete ideas that can be applied to Duolingo products
- Provide hands-on support with any ad hoc tasks that would benefit from a learning-expert perspective, such as UX research or analyses of in-app experiment data
- Ensure regular communication and collaboration with curriculum designers and content developers on other teams, bringing their insights and experience to product development

You Have...
- Research expertise. You are well-versed in learning science research, and especially non-native speech perception and production, phonetic category learning, and pronunciation training.
- Creativity and applied focus. You are passionate about solving practical problems, and can think creatively about how to apply your knowledge in the context of developing an engaging educational app.
- Data analysis skills. You have strong skills in data analysis and are comfortable using tools such as R, Python, or SQL.
- Language knowledge. You know at least one language other than English.
- Strong communication. You have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

- Ph.D. in linguistics, cognitive psychology, applied linguistics, or a related field
- Ability to work full-time from or relocate to Pittsburgh, PA

Exceptional Candidates Will Have...
- Experience working in industry
- Passion for language learning and knowledge of multiple languages

Please click on the application link below for more information and to apply.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr Bozena Pajak

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