Johns Hopkins University is seeking an established, highly respected technologist and research manager to serve as Director of the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (HLTCOE). Reporting to the University’s Provost, the Director will be charged with strengthening the Center’s relationship with its sponsors and ensuring that the Center recruits and attracts top talent. The Director will work with HLTCOE researchers to extend its record of significant technical accomplishment and work collaboratively with the Center’s research staff and partners to define the Center’s research agenda and strategic directions.

The Johns Hopkins University HLTCOE is a world-class research center established in 2007, addressing a unique set of exciting challenge problems in collaboration with our sponsors. Our research scientists develop advanced algorithms for analyzing speech, text, and document image data in multiple languages, extracting useful information from massive amounts of text and speech over a wide range of languages and genres, striving to advance the state-of-the-art in HLT in speech and text. Current problems focus on improvements in speech to text, automatic speaker and language identification, machine translation, information retrieval, entity extraction and related topics.

HLTCOE researchers interact extensively with the faculty and students of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Language and Speech Processing (CLSP), located close by on the University’s Homewood Campus and with HLT research peers world-wide.

Education & Qualifications: 

  • 10-15 years relevant experience in a related or relevant role;
  • A doctorate in an HLT-related field is highly desirable;
  • Proven leadership and managerial skills directing both applied and theoretical efforts, management of human and financial resources and budgeting;
  • Excellent communication skills in both internal and external interactions;
  • Experience in recognizing and recruiting first-rate researchers and staff;
  • Strong networking skills, experience securing revenue from funding sources.

The best candidates will also have many of the following capabilities and personal attributes:

  • Experience working with researchers in both academic and other organizations and a passion for advancing science;
  • Proven, demonstrable organizational operational skills;
  • A participatory leadership style that values employees and partnerships with colleagues, and engenders trust;
  • Comfortable engaging with customers at all levels and participating in a variety of forums and meetings;
  • Excellent written and public speaking skills;
  • Commitment to forward-looking planning and strong analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage numerous projects and priorities simultaneously.

To Apply: 

Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be sent to . Inquiries should also be sent to the Chair of the HLTCOE Advisory Committee and Chair of the HLTCOE Director Search Committee, Mitch Marcus, at .

This is a full-time position located in Baltimore, MD. Starting date to be negotiated based on availability.

U.S. citizenship is required. Johns Hopkins is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Johns Hopkins University

Human Language Technology Center of Excellence

810 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

  • 410-516-4800

Human Language Technology Center of Excellence