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Mon Jul 20 2009

Jobs: Machine Translation: Software Development Engineer, Microsoft

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        1.    William Lewis, Machine Translation: Research Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Research, Washington, USA

Message 1: Machine Translation: Research Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Research, Washington, USA
Date: 16-Jul-2009
From: William Lewis <wilewismicrosoft.com>
Subject: Machine Translation: Research Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Research, Washington, USA
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University or Organization: Microsoft Research
Department: Machine Translation
Job Location: Washington, USA
Web Address: http://www.microsofttranslator.com
Job Rank: Research Software Development Engineer

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Machine Translation


Statistical Machine Translation (SMT) is one of the most active and visible
domains in the field of Natural Language Processing. The Microsoft
Translator team within Microsoft Research is responsible for Microsoft's
machine translation service (website listed above), and is looking for a
Research Software Development Engineer to help us build the highest quality
translation engine across the broadest range of content. In particular, we
need you to help us acquire data from a wide variety of sources (parallel,
comparable, lexicons, named entity lists, etc.) and exploit it more
effectively in our SMT engines. You will be responsible for developing
novel algorithms to mine the vast data from the Web and beyond, resulting
in significant improvements in translation quality, both accuracy and
fluency. You will also be working on improving the translation quality of
our phrasal and syntactic Statistical Machine Translation engines. To
achieve this goal of driving translation quality upward, you will work with
a group highly specialized devs and researchers on a broad range of
challenging algorithms.

Do you have experience in any of the following?

- Large scale data mining and management
- Statistical Machine Translation, Machine Learning, and Linguistics
- Language Modeling
- Search and Web crawling
- Working on complex and state-of-the-art NLP projects

Do you have a passion for any of these?

- Innovative algorithms
- Novel data mining approaches
- Natural languages
- Designing quality measurement techniques

Come join our team!

Expectations for this position are:

- A minimum of 4 years of SDE experience
- Research or Applied Research background in data mining, Statistical NLP
or Machine Learning
- A degree in Computer Science or Computational Linguistics, or equivalent
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that includes frequent releases

The following are additional qualifications that would be helpful for this job:

- Foreign language skills are a plus
- Experience designing and using a large data store is a plus
- Demonstrated experience working through the full product lifecycle, from
initial design to final product delivery is a plus

Application Deadline:

Email Address for Applications: wilewismicrosoft.com
Contact Information:
William Lewis
Email: wilewismicrosoft.com
Phone: 425-706-2451
Fax: 425-936-7329
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