Technical Historical Records Linguist 2 (Ukrainian) Remote

Full Time


    • NLP
    • PowerPoint
    • Excel
    • SQL
    • Python
    • IT

    Job Description

    Job Description

    Technical Historical Records Linguist 2 (Ukrainian)
    12 month contract
    Salt Lake City, Utah or Remote

    We are looking for an experienced detail-oriented individual with demonstrated native-level language expertise in at least 1 of the following, Russian, Ukrainian, Old Church Slavonic and deep knowledge of historical genealogical documents to help us build high-quality training data for machine learning systems. This person's work will help make billions of records available in FamilySearch's automation and machine learning platform.

    Contract worker will be helping with the project that has the following deliverables:
    • Decipher 500 images of historical documents in Russian and Ukrainian
    • Entity and relation tag 100 images of Russian and Ukrainian historical documents
    • Create record formation and order data for 500 images of Russian and Ukrainian historical documents
    • Expected timeline: Mar 2023 Mar 2024
    • As a Technical Historical Records Linguist II in the Records Product Group at FamilySearch you will be exercising your demonstrated expertise in paleography, linguistics, technology, and historical records to build machine learning training datasets for Russian, Ukrainian, and Old Church Slavonic historical genealogical documents.
    • You'll use paleography skills to accurately decipher historical documents, annotate language data with linguistic information to build natural language processing (NLP) datasets, model the way people naturally read historical documents by creating hierarchies of relationships between areas of text, precisely map the layout of historical documents, curate large amounts of data, review datasets for errors and provide corrections in a timely manner, and other data modeling activities and duties as assigned. You'll enable FamilySearch's automation efforts by meeting aggressive deadlines and accomplishing work assignments with consistently high output, quality, and accuracy.
    • BA/BS Linguistics, Family History, or other bachelor's degree with related or equivalent experience required.
    • 2 years relevant or related experience or equivalent experience
    Required Skills:
    • Native level fluency in Ukrainian
    • Business level fluency in English
    • Paleographyexpertise in accurately deciphering the writing on handwritten historical documents in Cyrillic languages (Ukrainian)
    • Linguistic skills to build NLP datasets
    • Passion for data, efficiency, and accuracy
    • Being a responsible doer who is detail orientated and a quick learner who is adaptable to change
    • Native level language skills and experience with linguistics, paleography, and family history
    • Demonstrated paleography skills to accurately decipher historical documents
    • Strong technical and analytical aptitude with a passion for data, efficiency, and accuracy
    • Independent worker who is self-motivated, dependable, detail oriented, responsible, self-disciplined, and a team player with a record of timely delivery of requests
    • Willingness to support several projects at one time, and to accept reprioritization as necessary in a fast paced, constantly evolving environment
    • Comfortable handling a high volume of work daily
    • High proficiency in Microsoft Office tools including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
    • Ability to quickly grasp technical concepts
    Bonus Skills:
    • Skills with additional languages (e.g., German, Latin, Polish, Bulgarian, etc.)
    • SQL
    • Python
    Worthiness Qualifications:
    Must be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently temple worthy.

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