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Learning Scientist - SLA & Assessment

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Competitive Salary, Benefits, and Perks
Closing date
Oct 24, 2021

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Applied Linguistics
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Our mission at Duolingo is to develop the best education in the world and make it universally available. But we’ve got more left to do — and that's where you come in!

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning application in the world, with over 500 million users and over half a billion exercises completed daily. Beyond our core learning product, we have also entered into literacy with Duolingo ABC ( and English proficiency testing with the Duolingo English Test (

We are passionate about educating our users, making fact-based decisions, and finding innovative solutions to complex problems. We offer meaningful work, limitless learning opportunities, and collaboration with world-class minds. Come brighten your life and over half a billion more!

We are looking for a soon-to-be Ph.D. graduate with research expertise in second language acquisition and assessment. At Duolingo, you will have an opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, where you see the immediate impact of your work on millions of learners worldwide.

More information on our University Programs can be found at

What you’ll do...

  • Collaborate on the development of in-app assessments in a variety of languages to evaluate learner achievement across all language skills
  • Help design and conduct research studies aimed at assessing the overall efficacy of Duolingo products and features
  • Gain insights from analyzing user accuracy and in-app behavior data and communicate findings both internally and externally

What we’re looking for…

  • Ph.D. degree. You are currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in applied linguistics, second language studies, TESOL, or a related field. Your graduation date must be between December 2021 and August 2022.
  • Research expertise. You demonstrate strong research ability in second language learning, preferably in language assessment and/or computer-assisted language learning.
  • Experience with language testing. You have good foundational knowledge in language assessment and experience designing and developing assessments, analyzing test results, and evaluating quality of tests.
  • Data analysis skills. You have strong skills in statistics and data analysis, especially as they relate to assessing the outcomes of language learners at different proficiency levels.
  • Language knowledge. You know at least one language other than English.
  • Strong communication. You have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Exceptional Candidates:

  • Experience working in industry, especially in educational technology
  • At least basic knowledge of Spanish and/or French

Why you’ll love working here…

  • Language learning opportunities
  • Catered in-house lunches, and breakfast and dinner options
  • Company-wide Hackathon
  • PTO and company holidays
  • Frequent company-wide dinners, monthly celebrations, social clubs, and so much more!


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