Jobs: 4 Offers

Philippe Blache pb at
Fri Aug 27 11:08:36 UTC 1999


1/ From:  Yannick Lallement <yannick at NOVATOR.COM>
   Subject:  Natural Language Understanding - Novator Systems in Toronto

2/ From: "Antoinette Renouf" <ant at>
   Subject: vacancy

3/ From:  "Baldwin Staffing Group Ltd." <baldwin11 at>
   Subject:  Computational Linguistics/Management Position

4/ From: Kent Clizbe <kent at>
   Subject: Computational Linguists


1/ From:  Yannick Lallement <yannick at NOVATOR.COM>
   Subject:  Natural Language Understanding - Novator Systems in Toronto

Novator Systems ( is looking to hire an MSc or
PhD in Natural Language Understanding.

Novator is a web company based in Toronto, that specializes in
electronic retail.  One of the areas in which we have developed
software is in automatically responding to customer inquiries over the
web, using artificial intelligence techniques.  We are currently
beta-testing version 1 of our software on one of our customer's sites
( - we can automatically respond to about 55% of
the comments we receive with about 2.3% false positives.  Our next
phase of R&D requires strong Natural Language Understanding skills.

We are looking to hire an MSc or PhD in Natural Language Understanding
for this next phase. Please send applications to
intelliserve at


2/ From: "Antoinette Renouf" <ant at>
   Subject: vacancy


          Research and Development Unit for English Studies

               Post of Research Assistant/Associate

                Job Reference Number: A/RDUES/RA

A vacancy has arisen in the Unit for a graduate in computer science
with a good understanding of the nature of the English language, or a
graduate in computational linguistics.

The starting date will be as soon as possible and will run for twelve
months, and there might be an opportunity for extension of contract on
further projects.

The post relates primarily to the main Unit activity for that period,
an EPSRC-funded research project known as APRIL, concerned with the
development of an automated system of classification for the rare,
newly-occurring words in journalistic text.  There will also be some
involvement with other aspects of Unit work as required.

The Research Assistant/Associate will work under the supervision of
the Research Fellow responsible for the computing tasks in the Unit,
reporting also to the Director of the Unit.

The salary will be in the range £16,286 - £21,597.

Skills Required for the APRIL Project:

- at least one year's full-time (or equivalent) experience of
  programming in C in a Unix environment is essential
- experience in programming in PERL is desirable
- familiarity with Unix tools, such as  awk , is also desirable

Duties Associated with the APRIL Project:

- familiarisation with Unit computing resources and software
- development of project software
- attendance and presentation at conferences as required

Other Duties within the Unit will include:

- familiarisation with Unit approach to large-scale text handling
  and corpus creation
- revision and improvement of existing text manipulation software
- some systems administration tasks
- occasional provision of data for people outside the Unit

Further particulars and details of the application procedure may be
requested from the Director of Personnel, The University of Liverpool,
Liverpool L69 3BX:

Telephone: +44 (0)151 794 2210 (24-hour answerphone)
Email:     jobs at
www: (jobs)

The closing date for applications is Sept. 15th, 1999.

The University of Liverpool is committed to Equal Opportunities.


3/ From:  "Baldwin Staffing Group Ltd." <baldwin11 at>
   Subject:  Computational Linguistics/Management Position

To whom it may concern, I am assisting a client in locating a Director
of Linguistics.  The position will be located in either Calgary,
Alberta, Canada or Beijing, China.  The individual will head a
multi-location linguistics staff involved in world-wide language
applications for consumer information appliances.  An advanced degree in
computational linguistics or closely related field is required as well
as 5-7 years experience managing and directing linguistics staff and
contractors working in 25 languages.  The salary will be $80,000+ and is
available immediately.  Should you be interested, please email a resume
to my attention as soon as possible.  There is no charge to you, the
candidate for this service.  Thank you.

Brian de Vries
Executive Search Division
Baldwin Staffing Group, Calgary


4/ From: Kent Clizbe <kent at>
   Subject: Computational Linguists

Hello all,

I'm a staffing consultant.  My background as an MA/Linguistics has
led me to specialize in Ontologists, Natural Language Processing
Specialists, Computational Linguists, and other related fields.

I currently have positions available with dynamic start-up
companies, pre-IPO, with stock options and great work conditions.
These companies are in Washington DC, Bay Area of California, and

There are opportunities for Senior-level Ontologists (PhD in CS or
Linguisitics), and junior level (grad degree with experience
building ontologies), as well as Natural Language Processing
specialists, and Computational Linguists/Programmers.

I'm pasting in a few of the current job openings below.  If you know of
anyone who would be appropriate for these positions, please have them
contact me immediately.  Also, please pass these opportunities on to

Thanks very much.

Kent Clizbe
kent at

Position Title:  Senior  Ontologist (one vacancy)
Location:  California

* Provide leadership and direction to corporate knowledge

* Organize and manage an on-going large-scale biological knowledge
representation production effort.
* Coordinate the efforts of team-members involved in ontology
* Coordinate efforts of subject matter expert transfer of
knowledge to
the representation team.

Required Competencies:
* Experience building ontologies.
* Experience managing staff in knowledge representation projects
* Experience working with subject matter experts
* Ability to complete projects on time and within budget

Desired Competencies:
* Knowledge of Biological issues and vocabulary
* Experience in genetic and protein-related research

Required Educational Background:
* Graduate level degree in a field related to Ontology:
* Computational Linguistics, Computer Science

Desired Educational Background:
PhD in Computational Linguistics with in-depth research in

Salary:  $90k-130k


Position Title:   Ontologist (four vacancies)
Location:  California

Reports to:  Senior Ontologist

Responsibilities:  Build ontologies in a team of knowledge
representation experts.  Gather, analyze and categorize biological
knowledge from diverse sources.   Work with subject matter experts
accurately present knowledge.

Required Competencies:
* Experience building ontologies, or in electronic publishing
languages, or related categorizing specialties.
* Experience in commercial world.

Desired Competencies:
* Knowledge of Biological issues and vocabulary
* Experience in genetic and protein-related research
* Data modeling experience in bio-technology

Required Educational Background:
Degree in a field related to Biology or Medicine

Desired Educational Background:
PhD in Biology with research in computational data modeling.

Salary:  $60k-80k


Position Title:   Natural Language Processing Specialist (one vacancy)
Location: California

Reports to:  Senior Ontologist

Responsibilities:  Knowledge extraction from medical/biomedical text
corpus in support of knowledge representation product.

Required Educational Background:
MS in Computer Science or Computational Linguistics

Salary:  $80k-100k


Position:  Computational Linguist/Natural Language Processing Programmer

Location:  Washington DC

Our client applies the most advanced techniques in computational
linguistics to the problems of communicating information over the
Our client’s founder has been in charge of technology
for two previous startups, both of which were sold to larger
corporations. One of these was acquired for $38 million when only 8
months old.  Financial backing for our client comes from a group of
successful high-tech executives, who have been collectively
responsible for the creation of billions of dollars of value through
companies they have founded, funded, and managed.

My client is an Internet software start-up developing natural-
applications. They offer interesting and challenging work in a casual
environment in Washington

We are looking for five Computational Linguists for permanent
positions starting immediately. Our ideal candidate would have a
background combining some
computational linguistics research with experience developing commercial


Very strong C++ skills and experience with industrial-strength NT or
UNIX server

Desirable skills/experience include:

- C++ STL
- C++/Java integration
- multithreaded programming
- information retrieval/search
- web-based distributed apps
- WordNet applications

Strong written English skills are essential; knowledge of other
languages is a big plus.



Location:  Washington DC



     This position is a member of a group that is developing an
enterprise-level document management
     application within the Intelligence Community.  Responsibilities
include configuration and  customization of electronic document
management COTS products, user
interface design and  development (web and client/server), workflow
analysis and
engineering, and programming in 4GL  languages.   The work typically
involves use of  APIs to accomplish
integration with COTS products,
 and requires familiarity with RDBMS concepts and SQL.


     BS or MS in Computer Science, Engineering or related field.
Subject-matter expertise with the US
     Intelligence or DoD Communities a plus.


     A minimum of three years hands-on experience in Visual Basic
applications development and
     A minimum of two years hands-on experience with web-related
technologies and web content delivery.
     Knowledge of SQL and database concepts.
     Familiarity with web site authoring tools, web browsers and their
unique limitations, as well as
     programmatic methods for client/server interaction with data
     A team player with effective communications skills.


     Familiarity with structured markup languages, such as SGML and XML.

     Familiarity with integration of the web with content management,
conversion, and search and retrieval
     Experience with Intelligence Community activities and technical
solutions ( i.e. Intelink, intelligence
     gathering, analysis, and dissemination.)
     Experience in any of the following products or languages:
          Documentum EDMS / DocPage Builder
          Oracle RDBMS
          Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and Server
          Adobe Acrobat Plug-ins
          MS Office development and integration
          HTML and VB User Interface Development
          Java, Java script

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