Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 02-24267
School Name School of Arts and Sciences
Org Linguistic Data Consortium
Posted to the Web 12/21/2016
Posted Job/Salary Grade B
Employment Type Exempt
Hours 35.00
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9-5
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

Position supports LDC’s mission critical language resource development activities by providing programming, related research and other technical support in a rapid prototyping environment, for multiple, concurrent, experimental projects with evolving technical requirements and worldwide impact. Working with technical managers, software developers, systems staff, non-technical project staff and international domain experts, position assesses technical requirements, responds with practical plans and specifications and successfully oversees their execution. Position joins a team of more than a dozen technical staff supported by extensive computing infrastructure who together develop novel solutions to challenging technical problems within stringent deadlines and budget constraints. Tasks include: technical needs assessment and specification drafting; development of software tools to collect and process linguistic data, monitor workflow and perform quality control and analysis; end user support and preparation of data and tool publications.


BS in Computer Science or equivalent (MS preferred) and 0 to 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Proven record of success in software development projects
Proven ability to work independently and as part of team sharing code while maintaining a strong sense of personal accountability
Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize responsibilities and manage time effectively in deadline driven environment
Ability to make progress in an experimental environment despite incomplete, evolving specifications; demonstrated adaptive, flexible handling of rapidly changing requirements
Demonstrated interpersonal, oral and written communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences
Appropriate attention to detail
Demonstrable fluency in at least one of Ruby, Python, Perl, Java, C, C++, C#, Obj-C with ability and eagerness to learn the others (experience with 2+ languages preferred, and Ruby preferred above others).
Strong experience programming under UNIX/Linux (also experience programming in Windows or OS X preferred)
Knowledge of XML and relational databases and other structured data (experience with MySQL, RDF preferred)
Preferred: Experience with web programming including experience with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and AJAX
Preferred: Experience developing within a (non-web) GUI framework
*Preferred: education or research experience in linguistics or human language technologies; experience working with foreign language data, Unicode, audio and video file formats

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Vocational or Technical School
    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
    • 0 to 1 Year
    • 1 to 2 Years
    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years
  4. * Please briefly describe your experience working on a software development project(s).

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you have excellent analytical, interpersonal, organizational, communication (written and verbal), and customer service skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have demonstrated fluency in at least one of the following: Ruby, Python, Perl, Java, C, C++, C#, or Obj-C with ability and eagerness to learn the others?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * If you answered yes to the question above, please elaborate on your experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Do you have strong experience programming under UNIX/Linux (also experience programming in Windows or OS X?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you have knowledge of XML and relational databases and other structured data (experience with MySQL, RDF?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Do you have experience with web programming including experience with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and AJAX?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter