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Research Scientist - Speech

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Education, Media & Communications
San Jose, CA, 95115, USA
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Research Scientist - Speech Description At Pearson , we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lesso...

Job Description

Research Scientist - Speech


At Pearson , we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always reexamining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe.

We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Come check us out. What big idea will you help us launch?

We are seeking a very talented, Research Scientist in our R&D team who has strong knowledge, extensive experience and a concentrated focus on automated speech recognition (ASR) and speech processing. Understanding of Artificial Intelligenceand/orNatural Language Processing is nice to have, but primary focus is on voice-recognition technology.

This important position will be part of the R&D team responsible for a cutting-edge educational technology (EdTech) for language learning and assessment. You will focus on advancing the state of the company's automated grading technology while working with product management, test development, and sales & marketing teams to solve practical problems from the field and customers.

The position demands a person who has broad interests, is motivated to design and implement improvements to the company’s system, and is highly skilled in researching new innovative ways to contribute to the future of EdTech. Opportunities for further research in applicable areas are available.

Bring your expert research, software development and user modeling skills together to continue shaping Pearson’s advanced product solutions for the EdTech industry!

Essential Responsibilities:

  • 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


Required experience will include:

  • Ph.D. or ABD (with graduation in 2018) in CS, EE or relevant areas with 3-5 years working experience
  • 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 experiments using HTK or KALDI or a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Assessment Technology Engineering (ATE) is a leader in automated spoken and written assessments, which utilize natural language processing techniques, advanced statistical modeling and speech recognition technologies. The provider of brands such as Versant™ Tests and WriteToLearn™, APS develops formative, diagnostic and progress monitoring assessments and instructional tools for various domains including education, business, and government. For more see and

Pearson is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. Pearson fuels the growing demand for effective education and high-quality information in the global knowledge economy, and share a common goal: to help people get on in their lives through education. For more information, visit


Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-CA-San Jose

Work Locations: US-CA-San Jose-303 Almaden 303 Almaden Boulevard Suite 500 San Jose 95110

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Assessments School

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 13, 2018

Job Unposting: Jul 28, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1806213

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