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Sr. Platform NLP Engineer

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Company: Machine Zone

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Date Posted: September 8, 2014

Source: Machine Zone

Machine Zone’s platform group is creating the next generation of communication platform where players from around the world communicate seamlessly in real-time and across languages barriers. We are looking for talented engineers who share this passion and have the can-do attitude to bring these efforts to fruition.

We have a fast paced, dynamic environment where collaboration is key.  You should be able to write efficient production grade code with an eye for performance benchmarks and have a willingness to learn, owning your endeavors and proactively improving features or practices where you see need for improvement. We are looking for someone who thrives under aggressive deadlines and wants to go beyond the status quo to deliver innovative products that advance the state of MMORPG communication.

Responsibilities:

* Improve the quality of cross-language machine translation by creating in-house NLP tools and services
* Work on text processing techniques that enhances translation speed
* Create ...
Machine Zone’s platform group is creating the next generation of communication platform where players from around the world communicate seamlessly in real-time and across languages barriers. We are looking for talented engineers who share this passion and have the can-do attitude to bring these efforts to fruition.

We have a fast paced, dynamic environment where collaboration is key.  You should be able to write efficient production grade code with an eye for performance benchmarks and have a willingness to learn, owning your endeavors and proactively improving features or practices where you see need for improvement. We are looking for someone who thrives under aggressive deadlines and wants to go beyond the status quo to deliver innovative products that advance the state of MMORPG communication.

Responsibilities:

* Improve the quality of cross-language machine translation by creating in-house NLP tools and services
* Work on text processing techniques that enhances translation speed
* Create conversational agents and dialog systems
* Work on language understanding systems that will drive player engagement tools
* Maintain existing in-house tools and optimize improvements for speed and efficiency

Requirements:

* Minimum 1-3 yrs experience, Masters degree or higher
* Technical skill toolbelt should include software development experience in C/C++. Scripting abilities in PHP/Lua and Perl/Python. Writing SQL queries, and experience using open source softwares and libraries
* Have 2+ years of experience working in Natural Language Processing (NLP) especially in Machine Translation or Speech Recognition either at the graduate degree level or professionally
* Experience in Text normalization and text processing. Experience writing NLP tools such as Named entity recognizers, Parsers, and Spell checkers
* Experience creating API’s, interfacing existing software, and writing libraries
* Must have had experience with internationalization, validation techniques, and using statistical techniques in decision making
* Should have good coding practices. Experience with improving efficiency of code keeping performance factors in consideration

Desirable:

* 5+ years of professional experience or a PhD in applied NLP tracks (MT, ASR)
* Experience with Natural language Dialog processing and creating conversation agents
* Experience working on machine translation for Asian Languages such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese
* Open source contributor to NLP libraries or software

Refer a Friend:

We rely on your referrals for our success, and to show our appreciation, Machine Zone offers a Referral Bonus Program.  If you refer someone to us for a full-time position and we hire them, you will receive a $1000 referral bonus after 90 days of successful employment. Certain rules, restrictions, and eligibility requirements apply. To make a referral or to learn more about the Referral Bonus Program, please contact us at referralmachinezone.com.

Top Reasons to Join Us:

* Be part of the most innovative mobile gaming company with phenomenal growth opportunities
* Competitive compensation package, bonus initiative plans, 401K, full health benefits, ST/LT insurance and flexible vacation
* Located in downtown Palo Alto near all the restaurants, bars, and cafes
* Food, snacks, drinks, and lunches/dinners with founders
* Monthly events (offsite mixers, game nights, ice cream socials, etc.), group lunches, holiday party, video games… and more!

About Us:

Founded in 2008 and based in Palo Alto, California, Machine Zone, Inc. (formerly Addmired, Inc.) is a technology-focused mobile gaming company building the best global real-time hardcore MMOs.  Winner of the 2010 Crunchies Award (TechCrunch), we have had over 50 million downloads and over 15 successful top grossing titles, including previous hits such as iMob, Original Gangstaz, and Global War.  Our current top grossing title, Game Of War - Fire Age, is the #1 Grossing iOS Game in 20 countries and Top 5 Grossing in over 80 countries. With exploding revenue growth and an unwavering focus on technological innovations, we are always looking for exceptional talents from around the world to help build a great gaming company.  We are a Y-Combinator company that operates profitably with two rounds of funding from Anthos Capital, Baseline Ventures and Menlo Ventures.  For more information, please see www.machinezone.com.

Machine Zone does not accept unsolicited agency resumes.  Please do not forward unsolicited agency resumes to our website, employees or Human Resources.  Machine Zone will not pay fees for unsolicited agency resumes and will not be responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes. Unsolicited resumes received will be considered property of Machine Zone and will be processed accordingly without fee.
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