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Computational Linguist in San Jose at PayPal

Date Posted: 4/3/2019

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Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 267 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

PayPal’s World Ready Team is looking for an adaptable, high performing, motivated and self-reliant Computational Linguist who has direct experience and passion for working with language data and the ability to help create, categorize, audit, and improve lexical data.

What you’ll do at PayPal:

• Developing natural language processing code specific to your language.
• Leverage the power of large amounts of data to solve complex NLP.
• Provide input and suggestions towards innovating new approaches and features tailored to language processing.
• Automating and integrating workflow from diverse systems.
• Design and lead projects through the full development and testing cycle
• Apply linguistic knowledge and statistical models to contribute to the architecture and development of the NLP system
• Contribute to the development and integration of algorithms

Key Qualifications:
• B.S/MSc in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related fields OR Degree in Computational linguistics
• Excellent knowledge of structural aspects of the language (syntax, semantics, phonology, phonetics)
• Strong linguistic comprehension
• Up-to-date exposure to popular native culture and the ability to use that knowledge to inform data analysis
• Previous experience working with language data (e.g. research, analysis, translation, review)
• NLP experience
• Familiar with Java, Perl and shell scripting is a plus
• Experience using OS X or iOS software is a plus
• Good organizational and analytical skills
• Excellent English skills, other language skills are a plus
• Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and proven ability to manage priorities


We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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