Job Posting, Discourse Analyst, Non-academic

Lisa Camasi lcamasi at UCLINK4.BERKELEY.EDU
Thu Jun 5 17:05:24 UTC 2003

Thanks to Megan for permission to post.


Discourse Analyst

Original URL: 
Posted by: dajobs at
Posted on: Wed Jun 4th 02:19 PM

H5 Technologies is commercializing a patented information retrieval 
technology that replicates human judgments about the subject matter 
relevance, or ‘aboutness’, of email, documents, and other textual 
information. H5 and its partners are leveraging the power of this novel 
technology to deliver applications that enable organizations to identify 
and capitalize on new revenue opportunities, boost organizational 
productivity, and compress the time to informed decision-making. We’re 
looking for innovative, talented individuals who are at home in the world 
of language and research, who have a competency for and an interest in 
technology, and who would thrive in an intellectually demanding, 
fast-paced, and entrepreneurial work environment.

The Position:
H5’s Discourse Analysts help design, build, and test the unique and 
proprietary knowledge bases that enable H5’s signature products, InScribe 
and Atlas, to replicate human relevancy judgments. Among other 
responsibilities, the role of the Discourse Analyst involves:
· Research into various areas of human endeavor
· Interviewing
· Reading substantial amounts of email, web pages, and other textual 
· Identifying the patterns in the culture and world of a community of 
people, using the linguistic and ethnographic sources of information.

People who would excel in this role have:
· Solid academic credentials: minimum bachelor’s degree, graduate 
credentials a plus.
· The ability to understand another community’s world structure
· A genuine interest in developing a good grasp of how the world looks, 
from the perspective of one whose world it is.
· Established language skills—in written and spoken forms—or experience as 
a speaker, writer, and wordsmith. Nuance, usage, sensitivity to 
appropriateness, and an “ear” for the fittingness of locutions in a 
community. Foreign languages helpful.
· Leadership skills, personal incentive and a demonstrated ability to 
initiate, develop, and successfully conclude projects.
· A sharp eye for detail, precise thinking, ability to make close, 
analytical judgments, and a practiced sense of order and organization.
· Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, both autonomously and 
· Some background or training in ethnography, anthropology, journalism, 
lexicography, or related fields a plus.
· Experience in a professional or business environment, preferably working 
with clients.
· Basic computer and software competency in a PC/Windows environment, 
including Microsoft Office applications. Familiarity with Unix or PERL a plus.

What we offer:
· The opportunity to use human-oriented interests and skills in a way you 
never imagined – namely, developing what some of the top people in the 
field have called “a revolutionary breakthrough of the first magnitude.”
· An exciting, fast-paced entrepreneurial work environment;
· A fun and supportive team;
· Compensation commensurate with experience

If this sounds like you and something you’d like to do, please send your 
resume to dajobs at either in the body of an email letter 
or as an attached Word document. No phone calls, please.

H5 Technologies, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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