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ISCApad #172

Sunday, October 07, 2012 by Chris Wellekens




Educational Testing Service

Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, ETS is the world’s premier educational measurement institution and a leader in

educational research. As a nonprofit corporation and an innovator in developing tests for clients in education,

government, and business we are dedicated to advancing educational excellence for the communities we serve.

ETSs Research & Development division has an opening for a researcher in the NLP & Speech Group. The Group

currently consists of about 15 Ph.D. level research scientists in areas related to NLP and speech. 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).


Provide scientific and technical skills in conceptualizing, designing, obtaining support for, conducting,

managing, and disseminating results of research projects in the field of speech technology, or portions of largescale

research studies or programs in the same field.

Develop and/or modify speech theories to conceptualize and implement new capabilities in automated scoring

and speech-based analysis and evaluation systems which are used to improve assessments, learning tools and test

development practices.

Apply scientific, technical and software engineering skills in designing and conducting research studies and

capability development in support of educational products and services.

Develop and oversee the conduct of selected portions of research proposals and project budgets.

Design and conduct complex scientific studies functioning as an expert in major facets of the projects.

Assist in the conduct of research projects by accomplishing directed tasks according to schedule and within


Participate in dissemination activities through the publications of research papers, progress and technical reports,

the presentation of seminars or other appropriate communication vehicles.

Develop professional relationships as a representative, consultant or advisor to external advisory and policy

boards and councils, research organizations, educational institutions and educators.


A Ph.D. in Language Technologies, Natural Language Processing, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering, with

strong emphasis on speech technology and preferably some education in linguistics is required.

Evidence of substantive research experience and/or experience in developing and deploying speech capabilities is

required. Demonstrable contributions to new and/or modified theories of speech processing and their implementation in

automated systems. Demonstrable expertise in the application of speech recognition systems and fluency in at least one

major programming language (e.g., Java, Perl, C/C++, Python).


Please apply online at – position #124337. ETS offers competitive salaries, outstanding benefits, a

stimulating work environment, and attractive growth potential. ETS is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

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