LINGUIST List 16.856

Mon Mar 21 2005

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Researcher, Yahoo! Inc

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        1.    Lan Nguyen, Computational Linguistics: Researcher, Yahoo! Inc, CA, USA

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: Researcher, Yahoo! Inc, CA, USA

Date: 21-Mar-2005
From: Lan Nguyen <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Researcher, Yahoo! Inc, CA, USA

University or Organization: Yahoo! Inc
Department: HR-Staffing
Job Rank: Researcher
Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Algorithms


Would you like an opportunity to work in a dynamic, challenging environment
where creativity is encouraged, teamwork is paramount and contributions are
rewarded? Yahoo! is the No. 1 Internet brand globally and the most
trafficked Internet destination worldwide. Our success is no accident.
Yahoo! is home to some of the brightest minds on the Web. These are
thrilling times for us, which makes it a great time for you to join the
Yahoo! team!

Job Information:
When a search engine shows you a summary of each search result, do you find
yourself imagining how to make it better? Do you think result summaries
could do a better job helping users find what they're looking for? Are
visions of AI techniques, user models, or linguistic analyses dancing in
your head?

The Yahoo! search team is looking for a well-rounded applied researcher who
is equally at home studying user behavior, manipulating large data sets,
designing algorithms, and whipping up tools for testing the latest
hypothesis. You will work with a team of scientists and engineers dedicated
to improving the system that produces summaries of search results. You will
help determine what makes a good summary given the varied information needs
of millions of users.

Essential Responsibilities
Generate ideas for improving search result summaries, relying on user
research, statistical analysis, editorial reviews, and your own intuition.
Work with the development team to turn those ideas into practical,
efficient algorithms. Help define the product strategy to develop
innovative features that differentiate our search engine from the
competition and maintain Yahoo's leadership position on the Internet.

Required Knowledge
•- M.S. in Computer Science, Mathematics, Cognitive Science, Computational
Linguistics, or related field with 2+ years of experience, or B.A./B.S. in
one of those fields with 5+ years of experience.
•- Programming skills.
•- Experience building software tools/scripts in language such as Python or
•- Understanding of algorithm efficiency issues, especially for large-scale
text processing.

Extra Credit
•- Familiarity with pattern recognition, machine learning, or other common
AI approaches.
•- Knowledge of computational linguistics, information retrieval, or text
•- Understanding of user-centered design philosophy.

Please apply directly to:
You may also send your resumes to Use the following
subject for your email: Relevance Research, req #RX1000007152.

Address for Applications

Yahoo! HR
701 First Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
United States of America

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Contact Information

Yahoo! HR
Phone: 408-349-3300

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