Computational Linguist, Google Assistant (Natural Language Understanding)

Google - Mountain View, CA4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $73,000 - $95,000 a year
Minimum qualifications:
MS degree in Linguistics or Computational Linguistics, or equivalent practical experience.

Experience in coding with Python and/or C++ (for scripting, corpus analysis, NLP experiments, etc).

Experience with software engineering concepts (e.g. complexity analysis, data structures etc.).

Experience working on developing projects or curricula from concept to completion and collaborating internationally with multiple partners on multi-quarter projects and/or experience with lexical resources, ontological representations, corpora, NLP algorithms and ML.

Preferred qualifications:
PhD in Linguistics or Computational Linguistics, or equivalent practical experience.

2 years of experience in Natural Language Processing (NLP) research or related fields, with knowledge of semantics, syntax, morphology and/or discourse.

Familiarity with experimental design, research methodologies, qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Demonstrated analytical skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills in a technical context.

Independent worker with the ability to effectively operate with flexibility in a fast paced, constantly evolving team environment.

Team player with exceptional interpersonal and solution-oriented attitude.
About the job
Understanding natural language is at the core of Google's technologies. The Natural Language Understanding (NLU) team at Google guides, builds, and innovates methodologies around semantic analysis and representation, syntactic parsing and realization, morphology and lexicon development. Our work directly impacts the Assistant, Search, the Knowledge Graph, and Google Translate, as well as other Machine Intelligence research.

As a Computational Linguist, you will collaborate with Engineers and Researchers in Assistant and Research & Machine Intelligence to develop language understanding models that improve our ability to understand and generate natural language. Many linguists focus on one or more languages in which they have special expertise, and propose directions and solutions to language-specific problems.
One of the many reasons Google consistently brings innovative, world-changing products to market is because of the collaborative work we do in Product Management. With eyes focused squarely on the future, our team works closely with creative and prolific engineers to help design and develop technologies that improve access to the world's information. We're responsible for guiding products throughout the execution cycle, focusing specifically on analyzing, positioning, packaging, promoting and tailoring our solutions to all the markets where Google does business. Responsibilities

Monitor data acquisition (collection and linguistic annotations) and curation; design quality control methodology, experiments, implementation and improvements.

Develop grammars for different languages and Natural Language Processing (NLP) task-oriented applications and/or define and implement higher level grammar architecture.

Work closely with engineers and researchers by providing linguistic expertise and direction for language specific NLP and/or dialogue analysis/modeling.

Train and/or evaluate NLP or dialogue systems, identify errors/regressions and propose solutions.

Extend or design conceptual frameworks and semantic representations to support richer models of language use (e.g. incorporating frame semantics, the syntax/semantics interface, discourse and pragmatics, etc).
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