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English Language Learning Research Scientist/Engineer - Speech Recognition in San Jose, California

Pearson creates vibrant and enriching learning experiences, designed for real-life impact. Our English Language Learning division has an opportunity to make an impact in the test design and Innovation group. The Research and Development group is responsible for designing reliable and valid language tests based on theories of linguistics and psychology, informed by an understanding of automatic speech recognition and natural language processing. We have an exceptional opportunity for a Speech Recognition Research Scientist/Engineer who enjoysbuilding language models, training acoustic models, building statistical models for measuring the performance for new and existing products.


  • Perform entire R&D cycle (building language models, training acoustic models, building statistical models for measuring the performance, etc.) for new and existing products that use ASR and automated grading

  • Design new algorithms for different purposes (such as improving the grading performance)

  • Perform data analysis for different requirements

  • Proactively research ways to apply latest methodologies to improve the automated grading system’s capability, reliability and accuracy

  • Maintain grading system


  • Master's in computer science, Electrical Engineer or relevant areas with 1-3 years working experience; Ph.D. or ABD (all but dissertation) with graduation in plan preferred

Required experience will include:

  • Strong desire to integrate research with product development and augment your research abilities with solid programming in C/C++ and proficiency with SQL, Perl (or Python) and Matlab (or R)

  • Skilled knowledge of speech recognition, probabilistic systems, statistical models

  • Strong background in statistical modeling and machine learning

  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and apply a wide range of technologies

  • Experience with linguistic and statistical analysis of natural language would be highly desirable

  • Experience in designing and running ASR (Automated Speech Recognition) experiments using HTK or KALDI are a plus

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program. Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at:


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Organization: English Language Learning

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Workplace Type: Remote

Req ID: 15202