LINGUIST List 26.5087

Fri Nov 13 2015

Jobs: English; French; German; Computational Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax: Senior Computational Linguist, SAP

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 12-Nov-2015
From: Simy Rajan <>
Subject: English; French; German; Computational Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax: Senior Computational Linguist, SAP, Massachusetts, USA
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University or Organization: SAP
Department: PI HANA Core Text Analysis
Job Location: Massachusetts, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Senior Computational Linguist

Job Rank: Other; Senior Developer Job

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax

Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            French (fra)
                            German (deu)


Senior Computational Linguist

Location: Boston, MA, US
Requisition ID: 97205
Work Area: Software-Development Operations
Expected Travel: 0 - 10%
Career Status: Professional
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Company Description

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries innovate through simplification. From the back office to the boardroom, warehouse to storefront, on premise to cloud, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.
Purpose and Objectives

The SAP HANA text analysis team combines the talents of computational linguists and skilled software engineers to deliver best-of-breed text analysis capabilities in all major languages. The team’s strategic focus is the development of natural-language processing (NLP) functionality for the SAP HANA Platform for Healthcare and Life Sciences, the central component of our newly formed product unit for healthcare. By combining structured and unstructured data for comprehensive analytical processes, the platform will function as an integration point for many diverse health-related applications and will form the foundation of SAP’s solutions for personalized medicine.
We are looking for computational linguists at our location in Cambridge, MA to develop healthcare-focused NLP components in multiple languages, with initial focus on English, French and German.
Expectations and Tasks

- Researches and implements new functionality in the healthcare space
- Assumes ownership of one or more functionality areas
- 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 technologies in line with established quality metrics
- Optimizes the performance of core engines to achieve breakthrough results
Work Experience

- Experience with medical NLP functionality strongly preferred
- 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

Education and Qualifications / Skills and Competencies

- Minimum of B.A. in Computational Linguistics or equivalent and 6+ years of experience in the NLP industry, or M.A. in Computational Linguistics or equivalent and 4+ years industry experience
- Native or near-native knowledge of French or German, 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

Application Deadline: 31-May-2016 (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Simy Rajan

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