[Elsnet-list] NLP job at Cognia

Henk Harkema henk_harkema at cognia.com
Tue Feb 20 11:47:31 CET 2007

NLP Specialist for Software Development

Cognia EU Ltd. is looking to hire an NLP specialist with strong software
development skills to work on the development & implementation of Natural
Language Processing applications for the Life Sciences.

Cognia (http://www.cognia.com) is a fast-growing company that develops and
distributes high-quality databases for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology
industry. Each database brings together a comprehensive collection of facts
concerning a specific area of interest to drug target research. These facts
are curated from the scientific literature, which currently includes several
million relevant papers and is still growing.

The NLP specialist will join Cognia's NLP team in Edinburgh, Scotland, to
work on the development of industrial NLP technologies that will contribute
to increased efficiency of current and future database production projects.
Technical areas of interest include document classification, named entity
recognition, term normalization, and relation extraction.

Cognia has an active interest in biomedical NLP. The company is currently
collaborating with the Language Technology Group at the University of
Edinburgh in the TXM programme, a GBP 5.3 million Text Mining R&D project
funded by ITI Life Sciences (http://www.itilifesciences.com/). This project
will deliver a system which uses NLP techniques to assist curators in the
task of populating databases with information from the biomedical

- Post-graduate degree in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics,
Artificial Intelligence, or other relevant field
- Practical background in Natural Language Processing or Computational
Linguistics, including experience with statistical approaches to named
entity recognition and information extraction; previous work in biomedical
NLP highly desirable
- Strong Java software development skills, preferably in a commercial
environment; experience with clustering and distributed processing highly
- Ability to focus on application-driven NLP Research & Development
- Good communication and time management skills

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to ukcareers at cognia.com
with the position title ("NLP Specialist") in the subject heading.

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