23.1820, Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Research Linguist, UnitedHealth Group

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Subject: 23.1820, Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Research Linguist, UnitedHealth Group

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Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:26:16
From: Zach Endecott [zach_endecott at uhgrecruitmentservices.com]
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Research Linguist, UnitedHealth Group, California, USA

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University or Organization: UnitedHealth Group 
Job Location: California, USA 
Web Address: http://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com
Job Rank: Researcher  

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; NLP


Job Number: 371356

The Research Linguist II will work closely with other medical language 
linguists, NLP Engineers and Clinical Coding Analysts to develop state-of-
the-art medical NLP. The Research Linguist II must develop a thorough 
understanding of all clinical coding applications of LifeCode technology, and 
be able to apply this knowledge to other types of medical information 
extraction. Responsibilities will include maintaining and developing domain-
specific lexical databases and rules related to multiple coding or information 
extraction areas, and will also include assessing the application of our 
software to other disciplines or information extraction projects. This person 
will apply various techniques from computational linguistics to develop and 
improve software modules that perform morphological analysis, tokenization, 
parsing, and semantic analysis. Linguistic design work on particular areas of 
semantic or grammatical disambiguation will be required, with constant 
attention to implementation and a rapid development cycle. The successful 
candidate will be capable of leading specific NLP development projects as 
needed, and of mentoring more junior research linguists. The Research 
Linguist II reports to the Manager of NLP Development.
Primary Responsibilities:
Acquire a thorough knowledge of the main linguistic modules of the LifeCode 
system, including an understanding of vector matching, the function and 
editing of lexical analyzers, the role of general purpose lexical analyzers, and 
document segmentation.

Assist in the design, development, maintenance, documentation, and testing 
of one or more aspects of coding or information extraction. This may include 
different coding areas, such as ICD, CPT or EM coding, and/or various types 
of medical documentation, such as emergency medicine, radiology, or 

Provide leadership in product development both within and across 
departments. This will require generating comparisons to customer changes, 
statistical analysis of various aspects of the system, eliciting ideas from 
medical coders and other linguists, and arriving at creative solutions to 
product enhancement.

Participate in planning, design and implementation of extensions of LifeCode 
technology into new coding areas (ICD10-CM and PCS) and applications 
(CDI, more generalized information extraction and data mining).
Able to function as the technical lead for a project. This will require 
coordinating the work of several people to enhance the product as well as 
advanced direction to move the product forward on multiple fronts.
Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes 
constructive feedback; contributes to building a positive team environment.

Application Deadline:  (Open until filled)
Web Address for Applications: http://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com 
Contact Information:
	Zach Endecott 
	Email: zach_endecott at uhgrecruitmentservices.com 

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