Saturday, September 21, 2013

NLP Research Engineer - San Diego, CA


Position Description:

This position will work closely with medical language linguists, in a lead capacity, to develop techniques for state-of-the-art medical NLP. Responsibilities will include design, development, refinement, and implementation of algorithms for document tokenization, segmentation, lexical analysis, natural language parsing, and conceptual indexing. Responsibilities will include research and identification of new technologies, systems and/or applications of relevance to company NLP goals. Work will involve all aspects of software design and development from system requirements definition to implementation, integration and testing. Work will involve the development, enhancement, and maintenance of complex software, with thorough documentation of sophisticated algorithms and procedures for installation and maintenance. The NLP Engineer reports to the Manager of NLP Innovation.

Other Skills / Experience:

A demonstrated ability to function within a team and to handle a variety of tasks, whether independent or working from specifications.

Logical thinker and quick learner with strong problem solving and analytical ability.

Customer service oriented with a strong commitment to produce high quality, workable solutions for both internal external customers

Strong oral and written communication skills; capable of contributing at every level to effective project documentation.



Bachelor's degree or higher in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, or a Computational Linguistics-related discipline

2+ years of professional NLP experience

Experience with C++, Java, and/or C#

Experience with Python and/or Perl

Knowledge of computational linguistics, including symbolic approaches to morphology, syntax, and semantics

Experience with at least two NLP sub-domains: development & analysis of large text corpora, information extraction, named entity recognition, text preprocessing, ontological reasoning, and semantic or grammatical disambiguation


Experience with Lex/Yacc, ANTLR, or other parser generator framework

Experience with XML & XSLT

Experience with SQL

Knowledge and experience with statistical and machine learning approaches to NLP

OptumInsight is part of the family of companies that make UnitedHealth Group one of the leaders across most major segments of the US health care system.OptumInsight is one of the largest and fastest growing health information companies. We specialize in improving the performance of the health system by providing analytics, technology and consulting services that enable better decisions and results. We integrate workflow solutions that deliver data in real-time, and create actionable insights - processing health information that relates directly to and affects one in four patients in the U.S, one in every three Medicaid dollars and one in every five emergency room visits. And we do it all with every action focused on our shared values of Integrity, Compassion, Relationships, Innovation & Performance.What can YOU do with the right information? At OptumInsight, the possibilities and the impact are limitless. No matter what your role is at OptumInsight, you'll be empowered to ask more questions, develop better solutions and help make the health care system greater than ever. It's always fresh. It's always exciting. And it's never been more important.Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: equal opportunity employer M/F/D/VUnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment. In addition, employees in certain positions are subject to random drug testing.

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