Air Force Research Lab.

Location: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

 

Job Description / Summary of Duties

Title:  Speech/Language Scientist

The ideal candidate will have a background in speech or language science, linguistics, psycholinguistics, speech perception, discourse analysis and/or a related field, and will draw from this knowledge to contribute to, and expand upon, a program of research focused on human communication.  The candidate will help to identify the gaps in our understanding of human communication, focused primarily on spoken and multimodal communication. Of particular interest is communication taking place within the context of the stressors inherent in complex operational environments (e.g., noise, time constraints, high workload, degraded communication signals), including the identification of processes employed for overcoming the barriers of effective communication, and the identification of indices of communication breakdown. The employee will be expected to design and conduct critical behavioral experiments to address these knowledge gaps, informed by an understanding of the relevant literature and an acquired understanding of real-world, operational communication task environments. They will also be expected to collect and analyze data, and report results to the scientific community in general, and to relevant DoD communities, in particular. Importantly, the candidate will use results from these research efforts to inform the design of speech-based displays and communication management systems, and to develop interfaces supporting natural human-machine communication.

Specific Job Qualifications

Required

  • US citizenship required, and must be eligible for Secret Security Clearance

Experience in the following preferred:

  • Spoken language and discourse analysis
  • The development of spoken language technologies for dialogue system development.
  • Experimental design; software development for data collection, analysis, and interface design
  • **Interest in communication taking place within the context of the stressors inherent in complex operational environments (e.g., noise, time constraints, high workload, degraded communication signals), including the identification of processes employed for overcoming the barriers of effective communication, and the identification of indices of communication breakdown

Salary Range

DR-II

Educational Requirement

Recent graduate with a PhD in one of the following:  psychology, cognitive science, linguistics (sociolinguistics, dialectology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, historical-comparative linguistics, or applied linguistics), language technology or a related field with an emphasis on human-human and/or human-machine communication.

 

Skills (both required and desirable)

Desirable:  programming and experience with language and audio processing software (e.g., PRAAT) and/or transcription and annotation software (e.g. ELAN)

For more information, or to submit a CV/Resume, please contact Dr. Brian Simpson at brian.simpson.4@us.af.mil

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