[Corpora-List] Job opening at ETS: Associate Research Scientist, Speech (Princeton, NJ, USA)

Zechner, Klaus KZechner at ETS.ORG
Fri Feb 1 18:35:21 CET 2013

Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ, USA has an open position for an Associate Research Scientist, Speech, in the NLP & Speech Group.

TITLE: Associate Research Scientist, Speech


ETS's Research & Development division has an opening for a researcher in the NLP & Speech Group. The Group currently consists of about 20 Ph.D. level research scientists in areas related to NLP and speech, as well as other staff. Its main focus is on foundational research as well as on development of new capabilities to automatically score written and spoken test responses in a wide range of ETS test programs including TOEFL(R)iBT and GRE(R).


Take responsibility for conceptualizing, proposing, obtaining funding for, and directing small projects in the area of speech processing and/or assisting in moderate-to-major speech projects. Projects may include (1) research projects, (2) development projects that use scientific principles to create (a) tools to improve the efficiency or quality of the practice of test development or statistical analysis; (b) innovative item types; or (c) the scoring of responses to open-ended items and (3) development projects that use scientific principles to create new products or product prototypes. Small research and development projects typically have minimal budgets, few or no staff other than the project director, a timeline of a year or less, and a single deliverable that is relatively narrow in scope. Major projects have substantial budgets, involve the coordination of many individuals internal and possibly external to ETS, may run across years, and may produce multiple deliverables. Moderate projects fall in between these two types.

Assist in generating or contributing to new knowledge or capability in the field of speech processing and spoken language technology, and in applying that new knowledge and capability to existing and/or new ETS products and services. New knowledge may take the form of new or modified educational or psychological theories; new research methodology; new development methodology; new statistical, analytic or interpretative procedures; new test designs and item types; new approaches to scoring examinee responses; and new approaches to reporting. New capabilities include developing software to instantiate new and existing knowledge.

Document and disseminate the results of research and/or development projects through publication and presentation. Publication includes peer-review journals, peer-review conference proceedings, patents, books and book chapters, and other print media. Presentation may be at international, national, or regional conferences, client meetings, and ETS seminars.

Participate in setting substantive research and development goals and priorities for a group or initiative within a vice presidential area.

Actively seek input from peers on the quality of one's work. Participate as a reviewer of others' work.

Actively seek mentoring from more senior scientific and other R&D staff, developing a continuing mentoring relationship.

Develop proposals and budgets for small projects and/or assist in development for moderate-to-major ones.

Assist more senior scientific staff in consulting on testing program, R&D management, or other ETS management concerns.

Manage small projects, and/or assist in the management of moderate-to-major ones, by accomplishing directed tasks according to schedule and within budget.

Develop external professional relationships and work to cultivate a scientist's identity. Become a member and regular presenter at the annual meetings of one or more organizations substantively related to the work of ETS.


A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, or a similar area with major education in speech technology, and particularly in speech recognition is required.


Evidence of independent substantive research experience in spoken language technology and/or development experience for deploying speech technology capabilities is required.

Practical expertise with speech recognition systems and fluency in at least one major programming language (e.g. Java, Perl, C/C++, Python)

Apply online here: http://ets.pereless.com/careers/index.cfm?fuseaction=83080.viewjobdetail&CID=83080&JID=142189&type=True&cfcend

For more information please contact David Yanchuk (HR, (609) 406-5291, dyanchuk AT ets.org) or Klaus Zechner (speech team leader, kzechner AT ets.org).

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