LINGUIST List 8.27

Thu Jan 16 1997

Jobs: Research, Speech recognition, NLP

Editor for this issue: Susan Robinson <>


  1. Donia Scott, Research Positions
  2. Amy J. Uhrbach, Hiring: Vocabulary Tools Engineer
  3. Brian Ulicny, Job: NLP

Message 1: Research Positions

Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 17:53:08 GMT
From: Donia Scott <>
Subject: Research Positions


The Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is a dedicated
research department whose current programme focuses on 3 areas:
computational linguistics and language engineering, computer supported
collaborative design, and multimedia and multimodal interfaces. We
are looking for well qualified researchers to join our
programme. Funding for these positions is available for 3 years.

#17,474 - #21,838 Ref: IT914

This post involves research on document design environments which
include some of the advanced technologies being developed in the
Institute. Examples of these include (multilingual) natural language
generation, collaborative writing, guided composition of technical
texts and control over constraints on document style and layout. The
research fellow will collaborate closely with interdisciplinary teams
working in these areas and should have a masters degree, a PhD or
equivalent experience in HCI. An important aspect of the job will be
to help develop a research group on interface design within the
Institute, and to seek external funding for continuing this work
beyond the initial 3-year period and attracting more staff.

#13,834 - #16,739 Ref: IT915

The Research Officer will work on the ICONOCLAST project, which
aims to develop a system that generates instructions on how to
use software applications. This work extends previous language
generation projects within the ITRI by aiming to support
constraints on the layout and style of the documents
generated. The main responsibility involves collecting and
analysing an on-line corpus of software manuals, and meeting
with professional technical authors to identify the relevant
constraints on document design. A secondary activity will be the
design and implementation of the user-interface to the system
and possibly the implementation of the constraints. Applicants
should have a good honours degree, a masters degree or
equivalent experience in linguistics or computer science. This
project is funded through a research grant from the Engineering
and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Opportunities
for undertaking an MPhil or PhD are available.

More information on the work of the ITRI can be obtained on our web
site at

Further details, including important information about the content of
your CV, and application forms are available from the Personnel
Department, University of Brighton, Brighton, BN2 4AT, or from our web
site at, or on our 24 hour
answerphone: (01273) 642849. Please quote the reference number.

Closing date:	31 January 1997
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Message 2: Hiring: Vocabulary Tools Engineer

Date: Thu, 02 Jan 1997 16:08:25 -0500
From: Amy J. Uhrbach <>
Subject: Hiring: Vocabulary Tools Engineer

Full Time
Job Title: Vocabulary Tools Engineer

General Description:

	 The Data department at Kurzweil AI is responsible for speech
recognition vocabularies for our Windows and Medical speech
products. We are seeking a candidate for a position in vocabulary
generation and production. The position involves producing and
maintaining quality UNIX based scripts and C programs for data
manipulation. The successful candidate will have a strong background
in UNIX scripting, scientific data processing or related fields. A
demonstrated ability for accuracy and detail is essential.

Other responsibilities include:

	Tool building in C, csh,awk and Perl.

	Planning and designing new tools as well as productizing
	existing tools for end users.

	Error checking and vocabulary Quality Assurance.

	Support for vocabulary production staff.


	1-2 years experience working in PC and UNIX environments.
	Strong knowledge of UNIX scripts and scripting tools (csh, awk, sed...)
	(Perl a plus!)
	Demonstrated ability to do detailed work.
	BS/BA in Computer Science, Linguistics, Physical Sciences
 or related subject.

Email resume to

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Message 3: Job: NLP

Date: Wed, 15 Jan 1997 15:24:07 -0700
From: Brian Ulicny <>
Subject: Job: NLP

I am soliciting CVs for a computational linguistics job that has not
been formally announced yet in the WebCompass group at Quarterdeck
Corporation in Marina Del Rey, CA (greater Los Angeles), USA.

WebCompass is an award-winning information retrieval agent product for
the PC market. Functionality includes noun phrase extraction,
automatic summarization, topic classification, and document
clustering. We are looking for a computational linguist to design and
implement linguistic techniques for innovative information retrieval

Job Description:

Design and implement computational applications of linguistic theory
for information retrieval and management applications, including
WebCompass. Major duties involve extending and maintaining tools for
tokenizing, contextual part of speech tagging, noun phrase extraction,
language identification, (multilingual) automatic summarization,
logical form analysis, question-answering. Projected needs may
include multilingual noun phrase extraction, automatic anaphora
resolution, discourse analysis, proper name classification. Good
development skills in C++ and/or Java necessary. Familiarity with
Government-Binding theory helpful. Masters or doctorate level
education in linguistics or computational linguistics preferred.

If you are interested, email a CV to:

Brian Ulicny
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