LINGUIST List 29.3291

Tue Aug 28 2018

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Translation: Computational Linguist, Welocalize

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Date: 27-Aug-2018
From: Megan Eleby <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Translation: Computational Linguist, Welocalize, UK
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University or Organization: Welocalize
Department: Technical
Job Location: UK
Web Address:
Job Title: Computational Linguist

Job Rank: Computational Linguist; Other

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Translation; Python; Natural Language Processing


Localization Experience Preferred

Roles and Responsibilities:
- Stay up to date and experiment with latest advances in natural language processing (NLP) research related to linguistic applications such as machine translation (MT)
- Neural MT / deep learning
- Online learning / incremental retraining
- Quality estimation and evaluation
- Improve existing NLP architecture including:
- Practical proprietary neural MT implementation (OpenNMT BRNN, transformer models, etc.)
- Data selection, domain adaptation, named entity recognition (NER), terminology extraction, quality estimation, and document classification
- Language-specific techniques (e.g., morphological analysis, syntax-based approaches)
- Identifying pre- and post-processing techniques for improving translations from black box MT systems
- Define/refine best practices when developing translation solutions and engines for new language pairs, domains/topics and content types
- Work with the software engineering team to turn research techniques into practical commercial solutions
- Work on broader considerations of practical MT use, e.g. file processing, tag handling, data cleaning, and translation efficiency
- Lead the implementation of end-to-end projects for new clients
- Develop tools that help streamline workflows and productivity for both internal and external customers

Technical Skills and Experience:
- MSc or PhD in Computational Linguistics or similar discipline
- Commercial experience in NLP/computational linguistics and/or machine learning
- Strong knowledge of core NLP approaches
- Knowledge of latest trends in machine learning (ML) & artificial intelligence (AI)
- Extensive experience with MT (both statistical and neural)
- Strong object-oriented programming skills (Python and/or Java)
- Experience with version control packages (Git preferred)
- Comfortable with working in a Linux environment

The following skills are not strictly necessary for the role but would be a plus:
- Hands-on experience working and developing with open source tools such as Moses, Giza++, and other common NLP packages
- NLP experience with a language other than English (particularly Asian languages)
- Experience with AWS and/or Azure
- Experience with Docker or similar virtualisation platform
- Experience with phonetic transcription and TTS engines
- Familiarity with tools and processes in a localization workflow such as translation management tools, post-editing, and translation evaluation

To apply, please send your CV to the application email provided below.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Megan Eleby

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