Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of USCâs Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISI has three research campuses: Â one in Marina Del Rey, CA; one in Arlington, VA; and one in Waltham, MA.
This position is located in Waltham, MA.
The ISI VISTA Center (https://www.isi.edu/centers/vista/overview) seeks applicants for a Research Programmer I position in the field of natural language processing (NLP). VISTA NLP researchers work on grant-funded research in areas such as information extraction, machine translation, and information retrieval. We are a fast-paced, deadline-driven research environment focused on creating robust intelligent systems that succeed when applied to real world problems and data. As an academically situated institute, we encourage development of and contributions to open source projects.
Examples of current research projects include:
Creation of a new open source information extraction toolkit to enable reasoning and experimentation using multiple document interpretations
Automatic extraction of causal knowledge from varied information sources such as databases, news articles, reports, etc.
Improving cross-language information retrieval for lower resourced languages by improving machine translation and text search in low data scenarios
Applications of language technology to diverse problems such as detecting cyberattacks, assisting in disaster relief, and providing aids to human reasoning
Successful candidates will have strong programming skills, interest or experience in natural language processing research and machine learning, and be passionate about building NLP systems through innovation and experimentation. Job duties include:
Working with researchers to design and implement new NLP components and prepare presentations and publications
Developing infrastructure for cleaning and processing data and running experiments to evaluate system performance
Performing error analysis and suggesting and implementing improvements
Transitioning research systems by packaging them as microservices
Testing, debugging, and hardening complex pipelines of NLP components
Masterâs degree in computer science or a related field
Expertise in Python (preferred) or Java
Experience participating in the research process in an academic setting
Experience applying machine learning to NLP problems
Experience with toolkits such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, or Keras
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined work experience and education as equivalentMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Demonstrated creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems. Competent to work independently on complex programming.
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering has been one of the economic engines in Southern California and a vital hub in the California economy. The technical innovations and ideas generated by the Viterbi faculty and research community have resulted in countless innovations, many becoming the foundations for new companies, products and services. The thousands of students graduating each year bring new ideas and vitality to companies in California and beyond. With an annual research budget exceeding $205M each year, more than 46 research centers and institutes, more than 180 faculty members, 7,800 students and over 60,000 impassioned alumni world-wide, the Viterbi School is addressing some of the world’s great challenges.