LINGUIST List 12.975

Sun Apr 8 2001

Jobs: Comp Ling, French/Sp/German/Eng, Microsoft

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  1. Samantha Willing, Linguist Positions Available at Microsoft!

Message 1: Linguist Positions Available at Microsoft!

Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 13:03:48 -0700
From: Samantha Willing <>
Subject: Linguist Positions Available at Microsoft!

If interested, please send your response to

Computational Linguist - French
Primary responsibilities include enhancing and extending the French
computational grammar and grammar-checking system, in accordance with
the overall architecture of the Microsoft Natural Language Understanding
system. The initial emphasis will be on understanding the output of the
syntactic component. Native French language proficiency and an advanced
degree in Linguistics, Computer Science, or a closely related discipline
are required. Other desirable qualifications include experience in
linguistic research, with an emphasis on syntax, semantics, or discourse
analysis; familiarity with Natural Language Processing; a flexible
approach to linguistic theory; practical experience with software
development and NLP implementation issues.

Linguistic Test Engineer - English
Primary responsibility is the creation and maintenance of linguistic
test data. This involves analyzing a set of sentences and generating the
expected linguistic analysis based on the specification. Other
responsibilities include evaluating linguistic coverage, reporting
accuracy, generating linguistic bugs, and tracking regression of the
products and technology. Qualifications should include demonstrated
skills in detailed analysis of language, including knowledge of
linguistic terms for parts of speech, morphological terms, syntactic and
semantic structures. Other qualifications include general investigative
and problem solving skills, and an ability to track details. General
knowledge of personal computers, and the ability to install, upgrade and
use MS applications and operating system(s) preferred. Willingness and
ability to work as part of a team to ensure consistency and quality of
work required.

Linguistic Test Engineer - Spanish
Primary responsibility is the creation and maintenance of linguistic
test data for Microsoft's Spanish Natural Language Processing system.
Responsibilities include analyzing a corpus in Spanish and creating
expected linguistic output based on a specification, evaluating
linguistic coverage, reporting accuracy, finding and tracking linguistic
bugs, and measuring improvement of the products and technology. Native
Spanish language proficiency and bachelor's degree in Linguistics or
Computational Linguistics required; a master's or doctorate degree
strongly preferred. Other qualifications include demonstrated skill in
detailed linguistic analysis, with an emphasis on syntax or semantics;
general investigative and problem-solving skills; and an ability to
track details. General knowledge of personal computers, and the ability
to install, upgrade and use Microsoft applications and operating
system(s) are desirable. 

Program Manager - German
Natural Language is about enabling computers to understand human
language. We are building (and shipping!) linguistic features and
advancing computational linguistic technology. Some of the Natural
Language Group's features that ship today include English Smart Tags;
grammar checkers in English, French, German, and Spanish; linguistic
search; and Japanese style checking and word breaking. 
We are looking for an experienced program manager to lead the German
Primary responsibilities include driving German linguistic technologies
(syntax, semantics, discourse representation, generation) and German
features for Microsoft products. The PM is responsible for the following
tasks (among others):
driving user research and data collection efforts
determining feature requirements, conducting feasibility analysis, and
working with development and test teams to set realistic goals and
create project plans
writing feature specifications
creating long-term schedules for linguistic development and feature
work; tracking detailed milestone schedules
coordination of the German team overall
managing contacts with subsidiary PMs and other relevant groups
The PM will be interacting and coordinating with development and testing
resources as well as other PM's, leading and evangelizing smart design
strategies and influencing technical directions. Natural language
features are deployed in products throughout Microsoft and this person
will also participate in discussions on prioritization and coordinated
deployment of future features.
The ideal candidate has native proficiency in German, excellent
organizational skills, experience with shipping software products
successfully, software development background, NLP (natural language
processing) background and strong communication and teamwork skills. It
is essential that the candidate has some prior experience with
linguistics and/or computational linguistics issues.

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