LINGUIST List 24.2842

Fri Jul 12 2013

Jobs: Multiple Languages; Comp Ling; NLP; Information Extraction: Developer, SAP

Editor for this issue: Sarah Fox <>

Date: 12-Jul-2013
From: Brent Schreckengost <>
Subject: Multiple Languages; Computational Linguistics; Natural Language Processing; Information Extraction: Developer, SAP, Massachusetts, USA
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University or Organization: SAP Department: TIP HANA Core Job Location: Massachusetts, USA Web Address:
Job Rank: Developer

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Natural Language Processing; Information Extraction

Required Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)
                            Hebrew (heb)                             Japanese (jpn)                             Korean (kor)                             Turkish (tur)

Do you demand the best from your professional career? Are you inspired by excellence? At SAP, you will have the power to make a real impact. As the global market leader for business software, SAP helps companies and organizations in more than 25 industries to run better.

Purpose and Objectives:
The Text Analysis team at SAP focuses on the development of Natural Language Processing (NLP) Information Extraction technologies. The team combines the talents of computational linguists and skilled software engineers to deliver best-of-breed Text Analysis functionality in all major languages. This groundbreaking technology includes a comprehensive set of advanced text analysis tools such as search, categorization, and entity extraction that is being used in SAP applications ranging from business intelligence to semantic search.

Expectations and Tasks:
- Assumes ownership of one or more language modules in our NLP products
- Creates, maintains and augments machine-readable dictionaries, grammar rules and parsing algorithms
- Develops and maintains tools for the automation and support of linguistic tasks
- Enhances the accuracy of our core technologies
- Optimizes the performance of core engines to achieve breakthrough results
- Researches and implements new functionality

Education and Qualifications/Skills and Competencies:
- Minimum of B.A. in Computational Linguistics or equivalent and 2+ years of experience in the NLP industry, or M.A. in Computational Linguistics or equivalent
- Native or near-native knowledge of a major world language (preferably Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew or Chinese) in addition to English
- Strong background in syntax and morphology
- Proficiency in at least one data manipulation language (Perl or Python preferred)
- Understanding of statistical approaches to NLP (e.g., Bayesian algorithms, HMMs, SVMs, supervised or unsupervised learning)
- Familiarity with UNIX environments

Work Experience:
- Experience with regex languages and finite state automata for NLP applications
- Experience developing named entity recognition functionality or in-depth knowledge of other text-based linguistic applications
- Experience working in a production-oriented development environment
- Agile/SCRUM development processes

SAP's Diversity Commitment:
To harness the power of innovation, SAP invests in the development of its diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to the company.

Location: Cambridge, MA
Work Area: Software - Development Operations
Expected Travel: 0% - 10%
Career Status: Professional
Employment Type: Regular Full Time

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)
Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Brent Schreckengost Email:

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