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LINGUIST List 23.1820

Tue Apr 10 2012

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Research Linguist, UnitedHealth Group

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Date: 09-Apr-2012
From: Zach Endecott <zach_endecottuhgrecruitmentservices.com>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Research Linguist, UnitedHealth Group, California, USA
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University or Organization: UnitedHealth Group
Job Location: California, USA
Web Address: http://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; NLP


Job Number: 371356

The Research Linguist II will work closely with other medical language
linguists, NLP Engineers and Clinical Coding Analysts to develop state-of-
the-art medical NLP. The Research Linguist II must develop a thorough
understanding of all clinical coding applications of LifeCode technology, and
be able to apply this knowledge to other types of medical information
extraction. Responsibilities will include maintaining and developing domain-
specific lexical databases and rules related to multiple coding or information
extraction areas, and will also include assessing the application of our
software to other disciplines or information extraction projects. This person
will apply various techniques from computational linguistics to develop and
improve software modules that perform morphological analysis, tokenization,
parsing, and semantic analysis. Linguistic design work on particular areas of
semantic or grammatical disambiguation will be required, with constant
attention to implementation and a rapid development cycle. The successful
candidate will be capable of leading specific NLP development projects as
needed, and of mentoring more junior research linguists. The Research
Linguist II reports to the Manager of NLP Development.

Primary Responsibilities:
Acquire a thorough knowledge of the main linguistic modules of the LifeCode
system, including an understanding of vector matching, the function and
editing of lexical analyzers, the role of general purpose lexical analyzers, and
document segmentation.

Assist in the design, development, maintenance, documentation, and testing
of one or more aspects of coding or information extraction. This may include
different coding areas, such as ICD, CPT or EM coding, and/or various types
of medical documentation, such as emergency medicine, radiology, or

Provide leadership in product development both within and across
departments. This will require generating comparisons to customer changes,
statistical analysis of various aspects of the system, eliciting ideas from
medical coders and other linguists, and arriving at creative solutions to
product enhancement.

Participate in planning, design and implementation of extensions of LifeCode
technology into new coding areas (ICD10-CM and PCS) and applications
(CDI, more generalized information extraction and data mining).
Able to function as the technical lead for a project. This will require
coordinating the work of several people to enhance the product as well as
advanced direction to move the product forward on multiple fronts.
Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes
constructive feedback; contributes to building a positive team environment.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications: http://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com
Contact Information:
Zach Endecott
Email: zach_endecottuhgrecruitmentservices.com

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