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LINGUIST List 18.1196

Fri Apr 20 2007

Jobs: General Linguistics: Research Linguist, A-Life Medical

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        1.    Susan Forrest, General Linguistics: Research Linguist, A-Life Medical, CA, USA

Message 1: General Linguistics: Research Linguist, A-Life Medical, CA, USA
Date: 18-Apr-2007
From: Susan Forrest <sforrestalifemedical.com>
Subject: General Linguistics: Research Linguist, A-Life Medical, CA, USA

University or Organization: A-Life Medical
Department: NLP Engineering
Web Address: http://www.alifemedical.com

Job Rank: Research Linguist

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics


The Research Linguist will work closely with other linguists, engineers and
the Quality Assurance Department to develop state-of-the-art medical NLP.
He or she will be responsible for developing and maintaining
domain-specific lexical and linguistic rule databases related to medical
terminology, diagnoses, procedures, and various other facets of medical
encounters. He or she will apply knowledge and/or techniques from
linguistics and computational linguistics to develop and improve software
modules that perform tokenization, morphological analysis, parsing, and
semantic analysis and disambiguation within a rapid development and
implementation cycle. The Research Linguist reports to the Manager of NLP

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

- Acquire a working knowledge of the main linguistic modules of the
LifeCode system.
- Assist in the design, development, maintenance, documentation and testing
of particular aspects of new or previously developed medical NLP products.
- Work with other linguists and software engineers to arrive at new
solutions to complex problems and to implement these solutions.
- Work with QA staff to test changes to the system and find problems with
the system.


Bachelor or Masters degree in linguistics, cognitive acience, or a
linguistics-related discipline.

Work Experience:
0-3 years related professional work experience required. Exceptional
entry-level candidates will be considered.

Technical Skills:
- Knowledge of English morphology, syntax and semantics (Required)
- Strong aptitude for mastering new vocabularies and terminologies (Required)
- Previous experience with medical terminologies and/or the pragmatics of
medical documentation (Desired)
- Previous experience with NLP (Desired)
- A strong aptitude for computers - it will be necessary to develop a base
working knowledge of SQL and C++ (Required)
- Skills in rapid data manipulation and analysis (Required)
- Knowledge of regular expressions and experience with a rapid and powerful
text manipulating program, such as Perl or Python (Desired)
- Experience with XML and XSLT (Desired)
- Applications: Excel, Word, Visual Source Safe, Visual Studio, SQL Query

Other Skills / Experience:
- A demonstrated ability to function within a team and to handle a variety
of tasks.
- Logical thinker and quick learner with strong problem solving and
analytical ability.
- Customer service oriented with a strong commitment to produce high
quality, workable solutions for both internal and external customers.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.

Application Deadline: 31-May-2007

Email Address for Applications: sforrestalifemedical.com

Contact Information:
Director of Human Resources Susan Forrest
Email: sforrestalifemedical.com
Phone: 858.795.1685
Fax: 858.812.0953

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