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Linguist IV
Ref No.: 17-00278
Location: San Jose, California
 Senior Machine Translation Language Specialist Contractor – Latin American Spanish

Reporting to the MT Language Specialist Manager, the successful candidate will join the MTLS team in our San Jose offices, to work as our contractor Latin American Spanish MTLS, for all MT linguistic work pertaining to the eBay Latin American e-commerce site.

Primary Responsibilities:
- Provide Latin American Spanish-specific linguistic services, including:
• Reviewing human-translated and post-edited eBay content to deliver high-quality training data for our MT engines
• Evaluating MT systems' output (rating, ranking vs other systems)
• Analyzing MT systems' output to detect error patterns
- Provide assistance in other linguistic areas, such as:
• Semantic annotation (e.g. Named Entity Recognition – English)
• Quality assurance of automatically-generated content (English)

Education and/or Relevant Experience:
• BA or MA in Linguistics / Translation Studies
• 2/3 years of localization experience and/or evaluating machine translation output
• Experience in semantic annotation, POS annotation, and machine learning QA highly valued
• Must be born and raised in a Latin American country (i.e. not in Spain nor in the USA)
• Native fluency in Latin American Spanish and a deep understanding of Latin American culture
• Strong familiarity with the Machine Translation industry and best practices for post-editing/reviewing
• Strong familiarity with translation technologies and localization and processes

• Analytical mind: This position requires the capacity to detect patterns in highly varied and ambiguous data.
• Critical thinking: you should enjoy questioning assumptions and re-examining processes.
• Problem-solving: You should enjoy brainstorming and applying logic to solve new problems.
• Capacity to communicate complex linguistic problems to people with different backgrounds (e.g. eBay's MT Science Team).
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment

Helps create and improve machine learning language system
Internally a homegrown system for eCommerce needs that involve eBay abbreviations and jargon

Day to day tasks:
-Evaluate machine learning systems
-Will work with scientists to review errors in translation and provide input to the correct translation
-Will work with translation services if needed to review/edit content
-Partner with semantics team to help improve search content

Soft skills:
-Strong communication skills meaning this person is able to explain errors or differences to someone that does not speak the language
-Able to take on new tasks
-Is quick on their feet
- Interested in challenges
-Is able to mentor (plus)

Q. Any technology companies or a particular industry background that you would like them to come from?
A. Companies using Machine Translation Software (Google, Microsoft, etc)

Possible to extend depending on budget