Linguist/Polyglot/Learning Scientist, PhD

Help improve how millions of people learn languages on Duolingo.

Our ideal candidate has a PhD in linguistics, is a polyglot, has excellent knowledge of language typology, and has experience teaching a second language. You will join Duolingo’s learning research team and support our efforts to advance Duolingo’s mission through science. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Work side by side with talented learning scientists, curriculum experts, community specialists, designers, engineers, and product managers to bring research-informed product features to life
  • Help design curricula and specific content for a variety of Duolingo language courses 
  • Help recruit and train language experts who develop Duolingo courses
  • Guide product development to support teaching a variety of languages
  • Propose new exercises and features that will improve the general learning experience

REQUIREMENTS:
  • PhD in linguistics or a related field
  • Experience teaching a second language, ideally one that is typologically distinct from English (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Arabic)
  • Familiarity with the principles of second language acquisition and teaching
  • Solid background in language typology
  • Working proficiency in multiple languages
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to relocate to Pittsburgh, PA
  • A desire to make the world a better place through technology

EXCEPTIONAL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE:
  • Proficiency in at least one major Asian language
  • Experience training and managing instructors of different languages

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