Learning Scientist / SLA Expert, PhD

Help improve how millions of people learn languages on Duolingo.

We are looking for a second language acquisition expert with sizeable language teaching experience who has a vision for how Duolingo can teach better. You will join Duolingo’s research team and support our efforts to advance Duolingo’s mission through science.

Responsibilities:

  • Work side by side with talented researchers, designers, engineers, and product managers to bring research-informed product features to life
  • Design curricula for Duolingo’s Spanish courses
  • Propose new exercises and features that will improve the learning experience
  • Create specific course content in Spanish
  • Help create assessment tools to measure how Duolingo users learn
  • Design research studies to assess the effectiveness of Duolingo and perform data analysis

Requirements:

  • PhD in linguistics, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, or a related field
  • Research expertise in second language acquisition
  • Skills in experimental design and data analysis
  • Native or near-native fluency in Spanish
  • Experience teaching Spanish as a second language
  • Experience creating language curricula
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills
  • A desire to make the world a better place through technology

Exceptional candidates will have:

  • Strong publication record in linguistics, learning sciences, or a related field
  • Good knowledge of statistics
  • High proficiency in and experience teaching both English and Spanish
  • Proficiency in additional languages


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