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Hi all,

My company, Thomson Legal and Regulatory (the parent company for West
Publishing, FindLaw, and other legal information services) is looking
for a good Natural Language Processing person. Our R&D group is about
20 or so people, about 10 of whom are Research Scientists (including
me). Since so much of our business is in text data, our entire group
specializes in NLP.

This position is certainly not perl-specific, but as researchers we can
generally choose the tools that we want to use. Personally I tend to
choose perl a lot, but as you'll note below, we also use Java, C, or
whatever is appropriate to our tasks - sometimes prolog or python or
smaller niche languages. Thus I thought it would be appropriate to
post in this forum.

This position has also been posted on various public job boards,
including and our company's career web site:

Note that I am not the hiring manager or an HR person, I'm a fellow
Research Scientist.

Eagan is a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul.



Research Scientist – Opportunities at Thomson Legal and Regulatory

The Research & Development department for Thomson Legal and Regulatory
would like to invite qualified applicants to apply for an open Research
Scientist position in their Eagan, MN offices. The Research &
Development department performs applied research in natural language
processing, document retrieval, information extraction, text
classification, summarization, and named entity recognition. The ideal
candidate would have significant expertise in one or more of these
research areas.

Preference will be given to candidates with research and work related
experience in the area of named entity recognition and resolution.

Principal duties:
• Conducting applied research in information retrieval, information
extraction, text categorization, text mining, or related areas in the
context of large online delivery environments, such as Westlaw.
• Execution of such projects, including
• implementation of prototypes and the design of experiments to
evaluate them
• performing of experiments to validate key algorithms and
architectures associated with such prototypes, followed by written
• liaison with other departments concerning transition of prototypes
into production
• collaboration with software engineers engaged in the construction of
• Custom development for other TLR departments on key projects with a
research component.
• Monitoring of research literature through reading.

• Applicants should have a graduate degree in Computer Science or a
related discipline.
• Relevant experience in one or more of the following areas: natural
language processing, machine learning, information retrieval,
information extraction, document classification, summarization, and
named entity extraction and resolution (Applicants with Masters degree
must have some additional work related experience).
• Substantial experience with UNIX or Windows environment.
• Proficiency in a programming language such as Java or C++.
• Good oral and written communication skills (as demonstrated through
prior technical publications).
• Relevant publications in Journals and (refereed) conferences a plus.

Reports to: Director of Research.
Contact: Khalid Al-Kofahi <>

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