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Four positions in folktale analysis, classification and clustering

Applications are invited for two PhD-students, a post-doc researcher, and a scientific programmer. They will work on the automatic analysis, classification and clustering of Dutch folktales in a collaborative project within The Netherlands. The first PhD will work as part of the Tunes & Tales project, funded under the Computational Humanities programme of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The others will work in the FACT project (Folktales As Classifiable Texts), funded under the CATCH programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Both are multidisciplinary research projects involving collaboration between computer science and humanities researchers. Because the research is focused on Dutch folktales, we expect the PhD-students and the postdoc to have at least passive knowledge of the Dutch language. For all positions, proficiency in Dutch is a plus.

1) The first PhD-student will work on the automatic detection of motifs in folktales, in the context of a project that investigates sequences of motifs in melodies as well as folktales, and their variability in oral transmission. More information and application: http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/cms/nl/vacatures-othermenu-334/143642-phd-student-computational-linguistics

2) The second PhD-student will work on automatic classification of folktales by their international folktale type and on unsupervised clustering of folktales, to provide new input for humanities research. More information and application: http://www.utwente.nl/vacatures/?VacatureID=169016

3) The postdoc will work on the automatic annotation of folktales. This will involve language identification, keyword detection, named entity recognition, genre classification, and automatic summarization. More information and application: http://www.utwente.nl/vacatures/?VacatureID=169024

4) The scientific programmer will create user-friendly annotation and visualization tools for folktale researchers that incorporate the annotation and clustering techniques developed by the postdoc and the second PhD student. In addition, the programmer will develop an XML-based search system that allows the general public to search for folktales based on their annotations. More information and application: http://www.utwente.nl/vacatures/?VacatureID=169177

The team members in the FACT project (positions 2-4) will be employed at the University of Twente, but will spend most of their time "on site" at the Meertens Institute (http://www.meertens.knaw.nl), which maintains the large collection of folktales that is the main focus of the research in FACT (http://www.verhalenbank.nl). All team members will be part of the e-Laboratory on Oral Culture at the Meertens Institute. More vacancies for this lab can be found here: http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/cms/nl/vacatures-othermenu-334

The closing date for applications is 15 October 2011.


Senior Research Positions (Machine Translation) at the CNGL, Dublin City University

  • Employer: CNGL, Dublin City University
  • Rank or Title: Professor / Assoc. Professor (5 years, first 2 years research exclusively), Senior Research Fellow / Research Fellow (3 years)
  • Specialty: Machine Translation, NLP, Computational Linguistics
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Deadline: 3rd October (Senior Research Fellow / Research Fellow); 7th October (Professor / Assoc. Professor)
  • Date Posted: 20th September 2011
  • Contact email: (for informal enquiries) josef@computing.dcu.ie, psheridan@computing.dcu.ie
  • Website: http://www.cngl.ie


At the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL), Dublin, Ireland, we have a number of exciting career opportunities available and are seeking to recruit a Professor / Associate Professor and a Research Fellow/ Senior Research Fellow who have an established international track record and reputation in the area of Machine Translation (MT).

The Professor/Associate Professor is a 5 year appointment and is based within the School of Computing at Dublin City University (DCU), with the first 2 years focused exclusively on research/leadership within the CNGL MT group. Subsequently, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the normal teaching and administrative functions of a senior member of academic staff with the School but with continued contribution to the CNGL.

The Research Fellow / Senior Research fellow position is a 3 year appointment and the successful candidate will join the centre’s team to take a leading role in creating and establishing research projects in MT within the centre’s research programme.

These positions provide an excellent opportunity for strong and ambitious researchers to further develop their careers and to join a highly-regarded, dynamic and well-funded research centre in the area of language technology research.

We are interested in hearing from a wide range of applicants from a variety of backgrounds, focused around MT and related technologies.

The successful candidates will become part of the existing research team based at DCU, joining one of the world’s largest academic MT research groups comprising over 20 researchers, and together with CNGL’s PIs will co-lead/lead research teams and contribute to the supervision of postgrads and PhD students.

The post-holders will have the benefit of interaction and collaboration with the wider CNGL research teams, including the significant body of researchers working on other aspects of Language Technology across the four partner universities (DCU, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University of Limerick) at the CNGL.


For more details please see the full job specifications at:

http://www.cngl.ie/drupal/sites/default/files/AP_Prof_in_Machine_Translation.pdf

http://www.cngl.ie/drupal/sites/default/files/Senior_Research_Fellow_MT.pdf


Indicative Salary (subject to experience and qualifications):

    • Professor: €113,064 - €145,952
    • Assoc. Professor: €82,974 - €110,062
    • Senior Research Fellow: €63,125 - €68,817
    • Research Fellow: €42,394 - €56,442


For informal enquiries please contact:

Centre Director

Prof. Josef Van Genabith, CNGL, DCU

Phone: 353 (0)1 7006700

E-mail: josef@computing.dcu.ie


Associate Director

Dr. Páraic Sheridan, CNGL, DCU

Phone: 353 (0)1 7006707

E-mail: psheridan@computing.dcu.ie


To Apply:

Application forms are available from http://www.dcu.ie/vacancies/APPLICATION_FORM_8pg.doc

Email the completed application form, together with your CV, to: hr.applications@dcu.ie


NLP and text-mining researchers for a NLP centre of excellence at eBay-Research

  • Employer: eBay
  • Rank or Title: Research Scientist (at various levels)
  • Specialty: Computational Linguistics, NLP, Text-mining
  • Location: San Jose, CA, USA
  • Deadline: Until filled
  • Date Posted: 12 September 2011
  • Contact email: researchlabs@ebay.com
  • Website: http://labs.ebay.com

eBay Research Labs is a team of domain-area experts and researchers. With hundreds of millions of buyers and sellers, and hundreds of millions of live listings at any point of time, millions of daily transactions and billions of daily queries on eBay, the labs provides an amazing playground for researchers to work with data and conduct experiments at scale. The labs is currently starting a Natural Language Processing center of excellence and is hiring NLP and text mining experts. We have many positions available from post-doc and visiting faculty (why not spending your sabbatical with eBay?) to junior and senior permanent researchers.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct world-class research in the area of NLP and text mining
  • Support the research activities of other members of the research labs
  • Develop rapid prototypes to show-case new business ideas or the capabilities of emerging enabling technologies
  • Participate in evolving business and technology innovation ideas and developing them to align with the business strategies

Job Requirements

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in NLP or text mining
  • Excellent hands-on algorithmic, server-side, and client-side programming skills
  • Highly creative and innovative in problem solving and willing to experiment with new ideas and technologies
  • Strong leadership skills, an ability to learn quickly, and a "can-do" attitude
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in small and large groups, and at various levels of the organization

If you yearn to drive invention and innovation across eBay Marketplaces, Paypal, and beyond, and are looking for employment opportunities, please submit your resume at researchlabs@ebay.com.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Computational Linguistics, The Ohio State University

    • Employer: The Ohio State University
    • Rank or Title: Assistant or Associate Professor
    • Specialty: Computational Linguistics
    • Location: Columbus, OH, USA
    • Deadline: 15 December 2011
    • Date Posted: 26 August 2011
    • Contact email: mwhite@ling.ohio-state.edu
    • Website: http://linguistics.osu.edu/clannounce

The Department of Linguistics at the Ohio State University seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor position in computational linguistics, starting Autumn 2012. Candidates should have a strong background in statistical modeling and machine learning, but otherwise the area of specialization within computational linguistics is open. Candidates are expected to have their Ph.D. completed by the time of the appointment.

The new assistant or associate professor will be expected to be active in research and publication, to meet standard departmental teaching requirements and to perform service duties as required by the department and the university.

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled.

Dossiers consisting of a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae and the names of three references should be sent to:

Computational Linguistics Search Committee
Department of Linguistics
The Ohio State University
222 Oxley Hall
1712 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1298

For questions, please contact Michael White (mwhite@ling.ohio-state.edu). For information about the Computational Linguistics and Language Technology group and the Department of Linguistics, please visit http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/cllt/ and http://linguistics.osu.edu.

The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, Vietnam-era veterans, disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Computational Linguist Expert in SMT

    • Employer : Sogeti Luxembourg
    • Rank or Title : Consultant
    • Specialty : Computational Linguist expert in SMT
    • Location : Luxembourg, Europa
    • Deadline : 1 September 2011
    • Date Posted : 17 August 2011
    • Contact email : laurent.marquis@sogeti.lu

We are looking for experts in statistical machine translation (SMT) for an important project in the European Public Sector. Required experience and qualifications: - PhD or MSc/Diploma in computational linguistics or computer science with excellent knowledge of machine translation (MT) and/or machine learning for natural language processing - Familiarity with recent developments in SMT and the motivation to apply novel approaches emanating from ongoing research to practical translation tasks in many languages and to systematically evaluate their suitability - Ability to write scientific papers and technical documents in English - Open-mindedness and the will to collaborate closely within an international, multidisciplinary team, motivation to work with a multilingual user community - Experience in designing and running large-scale experiments, including the necessary skills to manage large data sets and long-running experiments in a distributed computational environment would be highly desirable, interest in developing such skills is mandatory - Experience with both statistical and grammar-based approaches to MT would be highly desirable - Good oral and written command of English is required; familiarity with additional EU languages (preferrably Eastern/Northern European) is a strong plus If you match with the profile, feel free to contact me at laurent.marquis@sogeti.lu


Research Associate in Statistical Natural Language Processing

    • Employer : University of Geneva
    • Rank or Title : Post-doctoral Research Associate
    • Specialty : Statistical Natural Language Understanding
    • Location : Geneva, Switzerland
    • Deadline : 1 September 2011
    • Date Posted : 9 August 2011
    • Contact email : James.Henderson@unige.ch

The University of Geneva, Department of Computer Science, invites applications for a post-doctoral research associate position in natural language processing. The successful candidate will be part of the EU-funded project PARLANCE. He/she will investigate statistical methods for natural language understanding, including spoken language understanding.

The PARLANCE project will design and build mobile applications that approach human performance in conversational spoken interaction, targeting interactive search and information provision applications. The PARLANCE systems will be based on probabilistic inference procedures and incremental dialog processing. Systems will be developed for English, Spanish and Mandarin. The other project partners are Cambridge University, Heriot-Watt University, CRSA, iSoco, and Yahoo! Iberia.

At the University of Geneva, the project will be lead by James Henderson (Department of Computer Science) and Paola Merlo (Department of Linguistics) within the research group Computational Learning and Computational Linguistics (http://clcl.unige.ch/). Work will focus on incremental models of spoken language understanding which integrate domain-general statistical models of syntactic-semantic parsing, as well as open-domain information extraction. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in this project, plus engage in research of their own choosing.

Applicants should have received a PhD in Computer Science or Computational Linguistics by the start of the project. The ideal candidate will have a background in natural language processing, statistical methods, machine learning, and spoken language understanding. Good programming skills are required. Fluency in either English or French is required.

The appointment is initially for a fixed term of 3 years, with a start date of 1 November 2011 or soon thereafter. Competetive salary, according to qualifications.

Review of applications will begin immediately, but will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by 1 September 2011 will be guaranteed full consideration.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interest, and names and addresses of at least 3 references to James Henderson at James.Henderson@unige.ch, with PARLANCE Postdoc as the subject line.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to James Henderson (James.Henderson@unige.ch) or to Paola Merlo (Paola.Merlo@unige.ch). The University of Geneva wishes to increase the proportion of female academic staff and, for this reason, especially welcomes applications from women.


Electronic Health Record Data and Text Mining Postdoctoral Fellowship Position

    • Employer: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    • Specialty: Data and Text Mining
    • Deadline: Until filled
    • Date Posted: 7/27/2011
    • Position filled: 10/10/2011
    • Contact Email: imre.solti@cchmc.org
    • Website: https://research.cchmc.org/solti

Position: - Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate position in Clinical Informatics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Project: - Predictive modeling of patients' clinical outcomes based on the content including narrative notes of the electronic health record. - Building stochastic and knowledge based models to predict changes in the patients clinical status and predict prognosis. Further information and instructions to apply at: https://research.cchmc.org/solti/open-positions

Japanese Computational Linguist

Job Description: A text analysis team focusing on Information Extraction technologies seeks a Computational Linguist for a nine month contract position to enhance a Japanese language module to process unstructured text. This person will enhance the Japanese language module component in a linguistic foundation application and an entity and fact extraction solution. The focus will be on the creation, maintenance and augmentation of machine-readable dictionaries, grammar rules and parsing algorithms. Effective linguists will know how to use finite-state technology to code grammatical patterns and be able to use a data manipulation language such as Perl or Python.

Primary Duties:
-Builds, Tests and Enhances the Japanese language module
-An in-depth understand of the algorithms
-Meets product roadmap requirements
-Participates in formal inspections
-Contributes to the team with positive ideas in design discussions
-Provides support, consultation and training to other areas of the company


Required Skills:
-B.A. in Computational Linguistics or equivalent
-Native or near-native knowledge of written Japanese
-Fluent in English
-Strong background in syntax and morphology
-Proficiency in at least one data manipulation language (Perl preferred)
-Familiarity with modern quantitative techniques in NLP

Additional Information:
Projects require excellent English reading, writing and communication skills. Strong computer skills in a Windows environment and greater than average comfort with software and technology are expected. US residents must have US work authorization (US citizen or permanent resident). Unfortunately, Butler Hill Group cannot sponsor employment visas at this time. You will be required to sign a legally binding non-disclosure agreement at the time of contract negotiation.

This is a full-time contract position.
Compensation:
We offer a competitive, hourly pay rate DOE (to be paid as 1099 self-employment income).


Associate Research Engineer, Natural Language Processing

    • Employer : ETS (Educational Testing Service)
    • Rank or Title : Associate Research Engineer
    • Specialty : Natural Langauge Processing
    • Location  : Princeton, New Jersey
    • Deadline : Applications accepted until the position is filled
    • Date Posted : May 6, 2011
    • Contact email or link to website : http://www.Click2Apply.net/q536shx

ETS (Educational Testing Service), with headquarters in Princeton, NJ, is a global $1.3B not for profit organization. Our mission is to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, performing educational research and influencing policies that promote learning, performance, education and professional development. As a nonprofit corporation and an innovator in developing tests for clients in education, government and business, we are dedicated to advancing educational excellence for the communities we serve.

In this team-oriented role, the selected candidate will assist with the implementation of natural language processing (NLP) components of medium- to large-scale, complex research projects for ETS researchers, testing program areas and external clients. You will be offered the opportunity to consult with research scientists in the application, modification, and documentation of such systems and contribute to the implementation and support of new NLP methodologies to support research system development.

Be prepared to further assist in the preparation of NLP development components of proposals and cost/resource estimates, implement components of technical documentation of NLP software systems, solutions and results and regularly attend area-wide staff training and development sessions.


In addition to exceptional verbal/written communication skills, our qualifications include:

   * Master's degree in Computer Science, NLP, Language Technology, Computational Linguistics, Linguistics or a closely related field
   * A strong programming background, in languages such as Perl, Java, Python, and C, and facility with computational algorithms are essential
   * Coursework in statistics and experience in using machine learning toolkits are highly desirable
   * Ability to maintain continuing awareness of recent advances in natural language processing (including speech processing), machine learning, and software development methodologies
   * Knowledge of UNIX and Windows computing environments
   * Familiarity with UNIX tools and scripting languages and  algorithms, methods and data structures in common use in the processing of speech and language data

We offer a competitive salary and excellent compensation package including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan, life and disability insurance, paid time off and an employee assistance program. Please apply online at:

http://ets.pereless.com/careers/index.cfm?fuseaction=83080.viewjobdetail&CID=83080&JID=104651&type=&cfcend

EOE


Research Scientist (Natural Language Processing)

    • Employer : Language Computer Corporation (LCC)
    • Rank or Title : Research Scientist
    • Specialty : Natural Langauge Processing (or related discipline)
    • Location  : Richardson, Texas
    • Deadline : Applications accepted until the position is filled
    • Date Posted : May 2, 2011
    • Contact email or link to website : jobs2011@languagecomputer.com

Language Computer Corporation (LCC) is a privately-owned company committed to the development of next-generation natural language processing technologies. Since our founding in 1995, we've provided both government and commercial customers with intelligent, semantically-informed search and discovery software. These tools unlock value by actually understanding the information stored in large collections of text. LCC has spun off two semantic technology startups, including Swingly, a Web-scale answer engine, and Extractiv, a high-performance content harvesting service.

We are currently seeking research scientists for R&D in natural language processing and retrieval. Candidates must possess a Ph.D, significant experience in NLP, effective software development skills, and a track-record of publication. Successful candidates will work with a team of researchers and engineers to improve existing products as well as develop brand new technologies.

Requirements:

    • Ph.D in NLP or a related discipline, such as computational linguistics, data mining, or artificial intelligence
    • Strong programming skills on the Java platform
    • Education: BS or MS in Computer Science
    • Knowledge of development under Unix/Linux
    • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident
    • Good communication skills
    • Patience necessary to work in a team environment

Desirable Qualities:

    • Industry R&D experience
    • Product development experience
    • Database programming/development
    • Other programming languages: Python, Ruby, Scala, Clojure
    • Source code management (e.g. SVN, Git, Mercurial, Bazaar)
    • Web Application experience
    • Multi-threaded / distributed applications
    • Understanding of design concepts such as abstraction, modularization, coupling, and maintainability
    • Unit testing and integration testing
    • Talent for writing time- and memory-sensitive code
    • Agile software development methodologies


Research Engineer - Natural Language Processing

    • Employer: Ask.com
    • Rank or Title: Research Engineer - Natural Language Processing
    • Specialty: Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing
    • Location: Oakland, CA
    • Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled
    • Date Posted: April 22, 2011
    • Contact email or link to website: www.ask.com/careers

About Us

Join the #1 brand and top Web property focused on answering people’s questions. At Ask.com, we’re building a next-generation Q&A service – spanning both the Web and mobile devices -- that combines the power of search with insight from real users. Our proprietary algorithms crawl the web for question and answer pairs (400 million and growing), fueling one of the biggest Q&A databases on the Web. This unique technology, combined with answers from real users in our community, makes Ask.com the most comprehensive Q&A service around. At Ask, we empower each individual to succeed, communicate their ideas, and take action. When you work here, you know your contributions will have a direct and immediate impact on the company. We are serious about creating and maintaining a company culture that is both innovative and fun, and we’re looking for great people to come join our team.

Summary

Ask.com is looking for a software engineer to join a research-oriented team in the Oakland, CA office. The research engineer will join a horizontal team supporting the Ask.com core language technologies, which power the search- and database-driven question answering solutions as well as the algorithmic language processing infrastructure for the Q&A community and mobile applications.

Required:

    • Natural language processing / computational linguistics background. Ideal: information retrieval and machine learning applications
    • Python and/or Perl, shell scripting, XML. Ideal: some Java and/or C/C++, familiarity with SQL and relational databases
    • Ph.D. in computational linguistics / natural language processing or related areas.

Skills and Experience:

    • 3+ plus years experience in natural language processing / computational linguistics in industry or large scale academic research project.
    • Expertise in at least some of the following specific NLP areas and topics: question answering, lexical semantics, collocations, terminology extraction, multi-word expressions, (shallow) parsing, named entity recognition, lexical acquisition, paraphrasis acquisition, information extraction, text classification, evaluation methodologies.
    • In general, experience is desired in web analytics, both in terms of using the web as corpus (including the family of related approaches, techniques, issues) and in terms of search engine query logs analysis / user behavior modeling.
    • Familiarity with existing data resources and tools: Wordnet, POS taggers, parsers, LingPipe, SVMLight, NLTK, Weka, and similar tools.
    • Ideal: practical experience with Lucene/Solr, Mahout and the Hadoop ecosystem.
    • Ideal: experience with ontologies, RDF, other semantic web resources or tools.
    • Ability to develop prototypes based on proprietary or open source tools.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt to shifting conditions, priorities, deadlines.
    • The ideal candidate should be able to refer to products and/or research prototypes that they have developed or to which they have contributed, or to their contributions to sites like StackOverflow.

Location: Downtown Oakland (near 12th St. BART Station)

Apply at: www.ask.com/careers


Natural Language Generation Expert

    • Employer: Stripes39 (a domain specific content management startup)
    • Rank or Title: Lead developer / architect
    • Specialty: Natural Language Generation
    • Location: Seattle, WA (downtown)
    • Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled
    • Date Posted: April 21, 2011
    • Start Date: as soon as possible
    • Duration: indefinite

Stripes39 is a well-funded Seattle startup with an NLG engine as a part of its core technology. The position will entail leading a team of computational linguists, architecting the NLG system, designing and managing the ontology, and testing of the NLG system output.

    • education: Ph.D. (preferred) or M.S./M.A. with strong leadership record
    • experience with NLG system design and testing (required)
    • knowledge of recent NLP tools and techniques (required)
    • large system development skills essential, including experience with Python and Java

Send email with resume to

    Scott Farrar (farrar@uw.edu)

and

    Parmeshta Jain (parmeshtajain@stripes39.com)

Please indicate in your cover letter your specific qualifications with NLG.


Postdoctoral Researcher, Natural Language Processing (information extraction)

    • Employer: New York University
    • Rank or Title: Post-doctoral researcher
    • Specialty: Natural Language Processing (information extraction)
    • Location: New York, NY
    • Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled
    • Date Posted: March 24, 2011
    • Start Date: September 1, 2011
    • Duration: 1 year, renewable

The Proteus Project (New York University Dept. of Computer Science) anticipates an opening for a computational linguist to conduct and support its research in information extraction, including in particular the analysis of trends in large collections of scientific articles and patents.

    • education: Ph.D. (preferred) or M.S. with strong research record
    • strong publication record
    • experience with NLP tools for English required
    • experience with NLP tools for German and/or Chinese a plus
    • experience with citation analysis, sentiment analysis, terminology extraction a plus
    • large system development skills essential, including experience with Unix and Java
    • target start date 1 September 2011, with some flexibility for an earlier or later start

Send email with c.v. and links to publications to

    Prof. Ralph Grishman (grishman@cs.nyu.edu)

and

    Prof. Adam Meyers (meyers@cs.nyu.edu)

Indicate in your response your specific qualifications which match the requirements listed above.


Postdoctoral Researcher, Semantic Parsing

    • Employer: CCLS, Columbia University
    • Specialty: Semantic parsing, parsing, German NLP
    • Location: New York, NY
    • Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.
    • Date Posted: March 16, 2011

Position available: Postdoc in Natural Language Processing (Semantic Parsing)

Start Date: September 1, 2011 (possibly earlier)

Duration: 1 year, renewable for a second year

Description: the postdoc will work in the context of a large, multi-site project which aims at predicting the emergence of technical trends from scientific literature in English, German, and Chinese. The specific issues the postdoc will work on revolve around natural language processing (NLP) tasks, in particular semantic parsing, and detecting degree of commitment. The postdoc will also be involved in issues of system integration, working with a full-time programmer.

Required background:

  • Ph.D. in hand in computer science, linguistics, or related discipline. (Note: in exceptional circumstances, a candidate with only a masters degree could be considered as a "pre-doc".)
  • Programming skills.
  • Ability to work in a group.


Desired background:

  • Knowledge of German, German linguistics, and/or German NLP.
  • Acquaintance with FrameNet.
  • Knowledge of parsing.
  • Knowledge of machine learning techniques.


Location: Center for Computational Learning Systems, Columbia University, New York City

If interested, please mail to Owen Rambow, rambow@ccls.columbia.edu, a CV along with a short note explaining how you meet each of the required and desired background elements above. (A bulleted list would be fine, with a sentence per background element.)



Senior Research Scientist, Natural Language Processing

    • Employer: ETS (Educational Testing Service)
    • Specialty: Research
    • Location: Princeton, New Jersey, 08540

ETS (Educational Testing Service), with headquarters in Princeton, NJ, is a global $1.3B not for profit organization. Our mission is to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, performing educational research and influencing policies that promote learning, performance, education and professional development. As a nonprofit corporation and an innovator in developing tests for clients in education, government and business, we are dedicated to advancing educational excellence for the communities we serve.

In the context of this position, we will turn to your skills and scientific/technical expertise to conceptualize, design, obtain support for, conduct and manage major research and/or development projects, particularly those in which natural language processing (NLP) techniques are applied to problems in education or assessment. Your responsibilities would include planning a long-term substantive research agenda, designing/conducting complex scientific studies, disseminating results and implications of projects and functioning as an expert in the major facets of the program. This position further offers the opportunity to generate or contribute to new or modified NLP theories and methodology and provide leadership for the development of new products or services for education and for the conduct of major projects in automated scoring and NLP.

Our qualifications include:

  • A Ph.D in Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics or Computer Science
  • Eight years of independent research experience providing evidence of continuing and substantial contributions to a field of study
  • A strong statistical and machine learning background
  • Demonstrable contributions to new and/or modified theories of Natural Language Processing and their implementation in automated systems
  • Practical expertise with NLP tools and fluency in at least one major programming language (e.g. Java, Perl, C/C++, Python)
  • The ability to lead the development of proposals for major research, development, or large-scale NLP projects,
  • Ability to develop, promote and maintain professional relationships as representative, consultant or advisor to external advisory or policy boards and councils, research organizations, educational institutions and educators
  • Familiarity with the application of NLP tools to educational problems
  • Demonstrated ability to lead project teams and to work collaboratively with a diverse set of contributors

We offer a competitive salary and excellent compensation package including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan, life and disability insurance, paid time off and an employee assistance program. Please apply online at: http://ets.pereless.com/careers/index.cfm?fuseaction=83080.viewjobdetail&CID=83080&JID=104122&type=&cfcend

EOE

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Text Mining and Natural Language Processing Specialists for eBay

    • Employer: eBay
    • Rank: Applied Researcher
    • Speciality: Information Retrieval & Text Mining / NLP
    • Location: San Jose, CA, USA
    • Deadline: Until filled
    • Date Posted: 2/25/2011
    • Contact email: smohan@ebay.com

eBay is looking for experts in web-scale Information Retrieval and Text Mining / Natural Language Processing to join the Search Science team.

Bring your ideas, energy, and dedication to improve search experience on eBay. The world class search engine at the heart of eBay serves more than 350 million queries every day. The Search Science team is passionate about building the query services and relevance factors that will match our users’ needs to the products in the world's largest online marketplace, and we are looking for top-notch applied researchers.


QUALIFICATIONS

· Ph.D. in Computer Science or related field plus 4 years of relevant software industry R&D experience required.

· Expertise in Information Retrieval and Nature Language Processing.

· Strong statistical and machine learning background.

· Experience and proficiency in Java and/or C++, Perl or similar scripting languages, and distributed processing of documents and web logs using Hadoop.

· Track record of deploying cutting edge technology in an industrial setting.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

· Use your knowledge, skills, and passion for improving search to find opportunities in eBay's log data and search results.

· Use deep domain expertise to individually drive innovative ideas.

· Participate in brainstorming and discovery exercises to determine new ideas.

· Build experimental frameworks and gather data from across the company to support your work.

· Conduct experiments, write prototypes, write specifications, and optionally write production code to deploy new features and methods that improve search quality.

· Lead projects and collaborate with other researchers, engineers, and product teams to develop strategic and tactical enhancements to search.

· Provide technical leadership and mentoring to other team members.

· Lead and contribute to multiple small team projects.

· Communicate your methodology and results to a community of researchers, developers, analysts, and product managers working in search. Communicate to technical and nontechnical audiences inside and outside the search team.

· Participate in meetings with other eBay groups to document best practices and facilitate a knowledge base.


Senior Research Assistant, Natural Language Processing


<p>ETS (Educational Testing Service), with headquarters in Princeton, NJ, is a global $1.3B not for profit organization. Our mission is to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, performing educational research and influencing policies that promote learning, performance, education and professional development. As a nonprofit corporation and an innovator in developing tests for clients in education, government and business, we are dedicated to advancing educational excellence for the communities we serve.


Job Description:

Educational Testing Service has an opening for a Senior Research Assistant position in the Applied Research and Development Group. The successful candidate will primarily provide support to Research Scientists working on a branch of computer science and computational linguistics known as Natural Language Processing (NLP) by assisting in all phases of research projects, including research design, project management, data collection and analysis. He or she will also collaborate with researchers in preparing study results for publication or presentation, including literature searches, producing charts and graphs, writing and editing.</p>


Basic Functions and Responsibilities:

Coordinate research project workflow including planning and designing pilot and field testing; data collection, analysis, and presentation; preparation, production, and distribution of proposals and reports; maintaining data files; and producing workshop materials. Schedule services with other ETS departments and project staff. Act as liaison between project directors and field staff, support staff, and research community, as assigned. Plan, manage, and perform annotations for a variety of projects.

  • Collect, organize, and verify data; analyze, synthesize, and interpret data; perform statistical calculations.
  • Monitor activities of temporary and support staff and data collection centers to control budgets, workflow, quality of coding operations, and project activities.
  • Develop coding systems, procedures, and manuals; research instruments; statistical analyses; and files of current resource materials for workshops and projects.
  • Write, revise, edit, and proofread research instruments, project documents and publications, memoranda, and correspondence.
  • Contribute to formal reports and proposals (or sections thereof).
  • Update publications and prepare graphics, tables, charts, graphs, figures, and visual aids. Administer tests, research instruments, interviews, and surveys.
  • Conduct literature searches and prepare reference lists, evaluating and selecting materials to be included.
  • Operate computer terminal to enter, edit, and update data; program and utilize sophisticated statistical packages for data analysis; act as data custodian for cost center.
  • Select and train field staff; instruct support staff.
  • Arrange and attend meetings with clients, committees, and consultants.
  • Meet with clients to plan or interpret guidelines, as assigned.


Required Experience:

EDUCATION A Bachelor's degree in a behavioral or social science with coursework in Statistics is necessary. Coursework or experience working in linguistics, computer science and/or natural language processing (NLP) technologies preferred.

EXPERIENCE A successful candidate will have exemplary written, grammatical, and technical skills. Three years of research-related experience in an academic or professional setting is necessary.



Associate Research Engineer, Natural Language Processing

    • Employer: ETS (Educational Testing Service)
    • Speciality: Research
    • Location: Princeton, New Jersey 08540
    • Date Posted: 01/07/2011
    • Link to website: http://www.Click2Apply.net/xymwg8p

ETS (Educational Testing Service), with headquarters in Princeton, NJ, is a global $1.3B not for profit organization. Our mission is to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, performing educational research and influencing policies that promote learning, performance, education and professional development. As a nonprofit corporation and an innovator in developing tests for clients in education, government and business, we are dedicated to advancing educational excellence for the communities we serve.

In this team-oriented role, the selected candidate will assist with the implementation of natural language processing (NLP) components of medium- to large-scale, complex research projects for ETS researchers, testing program areas and external clients. You will be offered the opportunity to consult with research scientists in the application, modification, and documentation of such systems and contribute to the implementation and support of new NLP methodologies to support research system development.

Be prepared to further assist in the preparation of NLP development components of proposals and cost/resource estimates, implement components of technical documentation of NLP software systems, solutions and results and regularly attend area-wide staff training and development sessions.

In addition to exceptional verbal/written communication skills, our qualifications include:

  • Master's degree in Computer Science, NLP, Language Technology, Computational Linguistics, Linguistics or a closely related field
  • A strong programming background, in languages such as Perl, Java, Python, and C, and facility with computational algorithms are essential
  • Coursework in statistics and experience in using machine learning toolkits are highly desirable
  • Ability to maintain continuing awareness of recent advances in natural language processing (including speech processing), machine learning, and software development methodologies
  • Knowledge of UNIX and Windows computing environments
  • Familiarity with UNIX tools and scripting languages and algorithms, methods and data structures in common use in the processing of speech and language data

We offer a competitive salary and excellent compensation package including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan, life and disability insurance, paid time off and an employee assistance program. Please apply online at:

http://ets.pereless.com/careers/index.cfm?fuseaction=83080.viewjobdetail&CID=83080&JID=99822&type=&cfcend

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Associate Research Scientist, Speech

ETS (Educational Testing Service), with headquarters in Princeton, NJ, is a global $1.3B not for profit organization. Our mission is to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, performing educational research and influencing policies that promote learning, performance, education and professional development. As a nonprofit corporation and an innovator in developing tests for clients in education, government and business, we are dedicated to advancing educational excellence for the communities we serve.

In this integral position, the selected candidate will apply their scientific and technical skills to conceptualize, design, obtain support for, conduct, manage and disseminate the results of research projects in the field of automated speech assessment, or portions of large-scale research studies or programs in the same field.

You will be offered the opportunity to develop and/or modify theories to conceptualize and implement new capabilities in automated scoring and speech-based analysis and evaluation systems used to improve assessments, learning tools and test development practices. Be prepared to design/conduct research studies and capability development, oversee select portions of research proposals and project budgets and function as an expert in major facets of the projects.

Our requirements include:

  • Ability to participate in dissemination activities through the publications of research papers, progress and technical reports, the presentation of seminars or other appropriate communication vehicles
  • Must be able to develop professional relationships as a representative, consultant or advisor to external advisory and policy boards and councils, research organizations, educational institutions and educators
  • Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related areas, with strong emphasis on speech technology, natural language processing, and machine learning, and preferably some education in linguistics
  • Evidence of substantive research experience and/or experience in developing and deploying speech capabilities
  • Demonstrable contributions to new and/or modified theories of speech processing and their implementation in automated system
  • Expertise in the application of speech recognition systems and fluency in at least one major programming language (e.g. Java, Python, Perl), as well as strong experience in Unix scripting

We offer a competitive salary and excellent compensation package including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan, life and disability insurance, paid time off and an employee assistance program. Please apply online at:

http://ets.pereless.com/careers/index.cfm?fuseaction=83080.viewjobdetail&CID=83080&JID=97431&type=&cfcend

EOE

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