Linguist - Ontology

Seattle, WA 98101

Posted: 05/18/2018 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Other Area(s) Job Number: 22161 Pay Rate: 49.2

The successful candidate will be engaged in general responsibilities and at least one specialized role.
General Responsibilities
  • Collaboratively develop complex and consistent linguistic analyses
  • Pilot new label sets to test their feasibility
  • Determine quality standards for annotation
  • Annotate language data with linguistic information and author clear guidelines so that others can do the same
  • Curate large amounts of annotated data by analyzing annotations, comparing annotations to guidelines, and building gold analyses
Specialized Roles
  • An Ontology Manager to create and revise hierarchical label sets for natural language based on the needs of the product team
  • A Tools Developer to create tools for data annotation, data storage, and quality evaluation with an eye towards the long-term
  • A Data Quality Engineer to monitor data collection, compile statistics, and ensure data quality
  • A Technical Writer to distill complex concepts and group consensus into accessible guidelines
  • A Grammar Developer to write regular expressions and Context-Free Grammars for data validation, named entity recognition, information extraction, etc.

  • Academic degree in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Language Technologies, or related field
  • Interest and experience in various areas of linguistics, including pragmatics, semantics, syntax, morphology, phonology, phonetics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, and field work
  • Ability to formulate, articulate, and describe concepts and hypotheses that are broad enough to capture high-level concepts and specific enough to formalize as rules
  • Collaborative and solution-oriented attitude
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and adapt to a changing environment
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Enthusiasm for detail work and ability to focus for significant portions of the work day
  • Experience with basic programming techniques and familiarity with languages such as Python, PHP, Perl, and C#
  • Ability to speak and write in English fluently and idiomatically
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree and/or industry experience
  • Fluency in two or more natural languages
  • Familiarity with version control, unit tests, and other programming best practices

Education:: Advanced degree and/or industry experience
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