Overview

Analytical Linguists work across Google to drive improvements in quality, classification, information structure, and natural language understanding and generation. As an Analytical Linguist you will work both on complex projects spanning multiple products, groups, and disciplines, and on tightly focused efforts to produce specific product components or answer specific research questions. Analytical Linguists work in many different areas and arrive with a wide variety of skills—your specialization might involve natural language processing and understanding, phonology, phonetics, syntax, semantics, ontology, program management, human subject research, experimental design, statistics, corpus linguistics, large scale data acquisition, or any combination. This team is part of some of the most groundbreaking and exciting work at Google. It’s our goal to use insights from linguistics and related fields to constantly improve our products.
Understanding natural language is at the core of Google’s technologies. The Natural Language Understanding (NLU) team in Google Research guides, builds, and innovates methodologies around semantic analysis and representation, syntactic parsing and realization, morphology and lexicon development. Current research focuses on discourse and dialogue systems. Our work directly impacts Conversational Search in Google Now, the Knowledge Graph, and Google Translate, as well as other Machine Intelligence research.
As an Analytical/Computational Linguist, you will collaborate with researchers and engineers in NLU/Machine Intelligence to produce analyses and high quality data that improve our ability to understand and generate natural language. To this end, you may be also be managing a team of junior linguists and vendors to derive linguistic databases. Many linguists focus on one or more languages in which they have special expertise, and propose directions and solutions to language-specific problems; languages of particular interest are: Indonesian.
You will collaborate with Researchers and Engineers in NLU/Machine Intelligence to achieve high quality data that improves our ability to understand and generate natural language systems. You will also be managing a team of junior linguists and vendors to derive linguistic databases as well as propose direction for approaches to language specific problems.
There is always more information out there, and the Knowledge team has a never-ending quest to find it and make it accessible. We’re constantly refining our signature search engine to provide better results, and developing offerings like Google Instant, Google Voice Search and Google Image Search to make it faster and more engaging. We’re providing users around the world with great search results every day, but at Google, great just isn’t good enough. We’re just getting started.
Responsibilities
Work closely with researchers and engineers by providing linguistic expertise and direction for language specific NLP, ASR/TTS projects and/or dialogue analysis/modeling.
Train and/or evaluate NLP or ASR/TTS/dialogue systems and propose solutions.
Propose and run research experiments around linguistic phenomena
Create annotation guidelines and instructions for vendors and junior linguists; for some linguists, recruit, hire and train linguistic experts for short term, high impact projects, as well as manage and oversee a team of junior linguists, vendors and/or remote workers
Monitor data acquisition and curation; design quality control methodology, experiments, implementation and improvements

Company:

Google

Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications:
Ph.D degree in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics or equivalent practical experience.
Experience in core areas such as semantics, syntax, morphology, phonetics, phonology, and/or discourse. Experience with scripting languages working in a Linux environment.
Experience developing projects or curricula from concept to completion and collaborating internationally with multiple partners on multi-quarter projects.
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Preferred Qualifications
Proficiency in Python, C++ or other programming languages.
2 years of experience in NLP research or related fields. Familiarity with experimental design, research methodologies, qualitative and quantitative analysis.
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.
Creative thinker with strong problem solving and analytical skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Multi-lingual speaker.
Ability to travel internationally on a quarterly basis.

Language requirements:

Business level communication in Japanese, English and target language

Educational level:

Ph. D.

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About Google

Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Since our founding in 1998, Google has grown by leaps and bounds. From offering search in a single language we now offer dozens of products and services—including various forms of advertising and web applications for all kinds of tasks—in scores of languages. And starting from two computer science students in a university dorm room, we now have thousands of employees and offices around the world. A lot has changed since the first Google search engine appeared. But some things haven’t changed: our dedication to our users and our belief in the possibilities of the Internet itself.