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IBM Research summer intern, Cognitive Science (PhD student, summer 2021) in St Louis, Missouri

Introduction

At IBM, work is more than a job - it's a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you've never thought possible. Are you ready to lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world's most challenging problems? If so, lets talk.

Your Role and Responsibilities

Do you want to do basic science research in an industry environment? Look no further than IBM Research, where you'll work with scientists from many disciplines who are engaged in a wide variety of different and interesting projects.

In this internship, you will be working on an NIH-funded research project ( https://reporter.nih.gov/project-details/10089378 ) investigating the relationship between spontaneous speech production and cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. In this project, we are collecting spontaneous speech samples (among many other imaging, clinical, genetic, and other biomarkers), and analyzing linguistic characteristics to look for predictive relationships with current cognitive status and future cognitive decline.

You should apply to this internship if some or all of the following sound interesting to you:

-Listening to recorded speech and thinking about what are appropriate linguistic features to measure

-Thinking about individual differences in speech production and how to operationalize and quantify them for analysis

-Investigating what kinds of analyses (both at the feature level and statistically) are appropriate for classifying speech data

-Figuring out what kinds of linguistic features might be relevant for tracking cognitive deficits

-Finding and reading journal articles to understand what approaches (both feature selection and data analysis) have been employed in the past and are appropriate for this dataset

-Willingness and ability to learn how to implement analyses in Praat, Python, or similar

You must have experience with designing experimental studies and collecting human behavioral data (ideally psycholinguistics and/or speech production experiments in particular, though that is not necessary), and testing human participants. In addition, you should have experience working with behavioral data (again, speech production data is a plus but not a necessity) and conducting appropriate statistical analyses. However, prior experience working with older adults or a clinical population is NOT required, and you will not be testing or interacting with participants in this internship (only their data).

Moderate computational experience would be a benefit as well - some programming expertise, some familiarity with computational analyses of language (e.g., NLTK or other NLP techniques). This position does not necessarily require computational modeling experience, but familiarity with conducting automatic speech or text analyses will be a plus.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with experimental design of human behavioral experiments - 3 yrs

  • Experience designing and conducting research experiments - 3 yrs

  • Experience in conducting data analysis and statistical analysis of human behavioral data, particularly speech/language data - 3 yrs

  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program in a department of Cognitive Science, Psychology, Linguistics, or similar

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Hand-on research experience in psycholinguistics - 3 yrs

  • Some experience with computational analysis of language (e.g., NLTK or other NLP techniques)

  • Programming proficiency (Python preferred)

About Business Unit

With more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents, IBM Research brings together hundreds of researchers who possess unparalleled industry expertise to address some of the world's most challenging problems. Join us as we do pioneering work in areas such as cognitive computing, augmented intelligence, quantum computing, and blockchain, to name a few.

Your Life @ IBM

What matters to you when you’re looking for your next career challenge?

Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world? What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities – where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust – where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible.

Impact. Inclusion. Infinite Experiences. Do your best work ever.

About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. IBMers believe that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 IBMers serving clients in 170 countries.

Location Statement

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

IBM intends this job to be performed entirely outside of Colorado.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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