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Linguist

Seattle, Washington 98101 | Contract

Post Date: 05/15/2018 Job ID: 22140 Industry: Other Area(s) Pay Rate: 54.22

If you know that language data is the underpinning of all current language technologies, if you love practical language analysis as well as theoretical, and if you are ready to adapt your unique skill set to a diverse range of products and problems, then this may be the job for you!

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.

Qualifications
  • 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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