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Jobs: NLP: Research Engineer, Nuance Communications

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        1.     Recruitment Team , Natural Language Processing: Research Engineer, Nuance Communications, MA, USA

Message 1: Natural Language Processing: Research Engineer, Nuance Communications, MA, USA
Date: 15-Aug-2011
From: Recruitment Team <careersnuance.com>
Subject: Natural Language Processing: Research Engineer, Nuance Communications, MA, USA
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University or Organization: Nuance Communications
Job Location: Massachusetts, USA
Web Address: http://www.nuance.com
Job Rank: Research Engineer

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Natural Language Processing


Nuance is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses
and consumers around the world. Our technologies, applications and services
make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people
interact with information and how they create, share and use documents.
Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses, experience
Nuance by calling directory assistance, getting account information, dictating
patient records, telling a navigation system their destination, or digitally
reproducing documents that can be shared and searched. Making each of
those experiences productive and compelling is what Nuance is all about.

As a contributing member of Nuance, you will work within a dynamic team
environment to develop, support, market and sell our award-winning software
applications. We offer competitive compensation packages; including stock
options, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, 401(k), full health and welfare
benefits and a challenging technical but casual work environment. Join our
dynamic, entrepreneurial team that operates worldwide (Europe, US, Canada,
APAC). Be a part of our fast growing track of continuing success.

Nuance is an equal opportunity employer.

Nuance has licensed a large Natural Language Process (NLP) research
project from IBM Research (DeepQA). The technology extracts precise
answers to natural language questions from unstructured text - text meant for
human consumption. The candidate will be part of a team responsible for the
core DeepQA technology at Nuance. Responsibilities include improving and
extending the NLP, knowledge engineering, reasoning and machine learning
technology in DeepQA as required by the use cases of interest to the Nuance
business units.

- Understand and be able to tune and diagnose the existing question
answering software
- Extend the existing technology to cover new use cases
- Develop brand new NLP, knowledge, reasoning and machine learning
technology to improve question answering accuracy and efficiency for the
various Nuance use cases
- Develop processes to turn raw data feeds into updated NLP models in an
unsupervised fashion
- Develop processes to automatically use field data to improve performance

1) Number of Years of Work Experience: PhD or 5 years relevant experience

2) Required Skills:
Significant statistical or symbolic NLP/question answering experience. At
least some statistical NLP or machine learning background. Strong
algorithmic and software (Java) skills. Good problem solving and analytical
skills are essential, as is a desire to tackle hard problems and work with
large, complex software systems. Experience running accuracy experiments
and systematically improving performance. Should be able to take initiative,
but also follow a plan and work well as part of a team.

3) Preferred Skills:
Both statistical and symbolic natural language processing. Knowledge
engineering, reasoning, parsing, and machine learning. UIMA, Prolog and
C++, Python/Perl, unix.

4) Education:
Advanced degree in computer science, computational linguistics or related
field. PhD or significant research experience.

Application Deadline: 15-Nov-2011

Web Address for Applications: http://jobs-nuance.icims.com/jobs/6601/job
Contact Information:
Recruitment Team
Email: careersnuance.com

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