LINGUIST List 24.4659

Thu Nov 21 2013

Jobs: Spanish; Comp Ling; Lexicography; Syntax; NLP: Computational Linguist, NetBase Solutions

Editor for this issue: Sarah Fox <>

Date: 20-Nov-2013
From: Martin Forst <>
Subject: Spanish; Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Syntax; Natural Language Processing: Computational Linguist, NetBase Solutions, Heidelberg, Germany
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University or Organization: NetBase Solutions Department: Engineering/NLP Job Location: Heidelberg, Germany Web Address:
Job Rank: Computational Linguist

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Syntax; Natural Language Processing

Required Language(s): Spanish (spa)


We are seeking a Spanish-speaking computational linguist to be part of our NLP development team. The main responsibility will be to further enhance our insight extraction system for social-media contents in Spanish. This is an integrated part of a team effort for our multilingual program primarily based on grammars and rules to support the extraction of consumer sentiments and opinions about brands and products. The position can be based in Heidelberg, Germany, or Mountain View, California.

- Develop and maintain morphosyntactic and semantic lexicons for Spanish NLP, in particular sentiment extraction, with a special focus on internet jargon and slang
- Enhance an FST-based dependency grammar for Spanish as well as modules for the correction of the PoS-tagger/lemmatizer output
- Enhance dependency-based graph grammars for sentiment extraction and other information-extraction tasks
- Design, build and unit-test software in a collaborative environment
- Conduct code review

- MA or PhD in Computational Linguistics or a related field
- 4+ years of work experience as a software engineer
- (Near-)Native fluency in Spanish
- Experience in development and deployment of Natural Language Processing software
- Experience using a scripting language such as Python
- Familiarity with development and debugging in a software development environment
- Strong problem solving, critical thinking, and algorithm skills
- Passion for developing efficient, testable and well-documented code
- Authorization to work in Germany or the US and willingness to relocate

Desirable Skills:
- Experience with developing computational grammars and/or lexicons
- Experience with Java programming
- Agile development methodologies
- Machine learning on sentiment analysis and topic clustering
- Polyglot a plus

Benefits of working at NetBase include:- Competitive compensation and benefits package, and equity
- Mac, Windows, or Linux laptop of your choice
- Colleagues who are some of the smartest engineers and tech entrepreneurs
- Open, collaborative environment
- Telecommuting option
- Opportunity to work with what our Fortune 100 customers say is the best, most-scalable natural language platform in existence

For more information, please visit the application URL below.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)
Email Address for Applications: Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Martin Forst Email:

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