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From: Gwen Niequist
Date: 1 Feb 2007
Subject: Champaign, IL: Senior Text Analytics Developer at RiverGlass

Job Specification
RiverGlass, Inc. is seeking extremely talented and energetic innovators to help us perfect and advance our text analytics. We are creating some highly innovative applications that leverage sophisticate text and data analytics, and information visualizations to help customers in a variety of markets, ranging from homeland security and law enforcement to financial services.

Education & Training
Ph.D. or M.S. degree in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, Statistics, Engineering or equivalent.

Job Description
The primary goal of this position is the development and implementation of the RiverGlass commercial software applications. This includes identifying and modifying existing algorithms, code implementation, testing, and maintenance. Development will be done in the Java programming language and will integrate with the D2K analytics development environment unless specified otherwise. The employee will collaborate with the entire development team.

The candidate will work within the Analytics Group in planning and executing the creation and delivery of text analytic features for the RiverGlass products. This position in the RiverGlass analytics group entails individual technical and programming contributions as well as providing leadership on technical issues. Strong candidates will have extensive experience developing object oriented high performance applications.

The position will report to the Vice President of Engineering and can be located in either our Champaign, Illinois office or our offices in West Chicago, Illinois. An attractive compensation plan including cash, stock and bonus is available to the right candidate.

Skills & Experience

  • A strong background in Computational Linguistics or Natural Language Processing.
  • Proven ability to deliver text mining or information retrieval solutions for real world applications
  • Demonstrates and applies thorough understanding of software development methodology and -rotocols.
  • Excellent programming skills in Java
  • Expert-level understanding of machine learning and statistical techniques as applied to text analytics, -.g., information extraction, summarization, classification, clustering, tone/sentiment analysis, -elevance ranking
  • Experience in the creation and exploitation of domain and task ontologies in text analytics are a plus
  • Strong communication skills
A background check will be required; holding an active security clearance is a plus. RiverGlass, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Company Background
RiverGlass was formed in December of 2003 as a spin out from the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). The heart of the technology was developed by some of the founders of Mosaic to help create a rapid application tool kit to solve significant data analytics challenges for some of their Fortune 500 partners, over an 8-year period and through over $20 million dollars of investments from these companies. The product expanded into technology to help serve the needs of the text mining market, images and data streaming market.

The University of Illinois, under new direction in their technology leadership areas, decided to incorporate the company under a new company creation plan that was led by Illinois Ventures (www.illinoisventures.com). In April of 2004, Kirk Dauksavage a former successful entrepreneur with roots in the Midwest was brought in as CEO. The company was funded in May of 2004 with $150,000 of seed money and followed on with a series A round in December 2004 for another $1.8 million with Illinois Ventures, RPM Ventures (www.rpmvc.com) and the Illinois Finance Authority (www.il-fa.com) participating.

The company has focused its early energy around solving the critical business challenge of helping knowledge workers make sense of the vast amounts of information that comes at them on a daily basis to make informed decisions. The early market that faced this challenge was in the Homeland Security Market, where 9/11 was fresh in people’s minds. In August 2005 the Illinois State Police, with funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), entered into a seven-figure contract with RiverGlass to build a state-of-the-art solution that would help analysts in their Springfield Terror Center make sense of the data. Over that 18 month period, RiverGlass has been able to deliver on that product as well as secure successful sales at: Iowa Department of Public Safety, Chicago Police, Department of Defense, Country Financial, BP, SAP, Telemus, CSC, SAIC and other leading organizations; RiverGlass helps them all solve the unique challenge of mitigating risk and identifying new opportunities within their respective groups. In October of 2006 the company was awarded a $1.6 million federal earmark from the Office of Naval Research to extend its development in the areas of stream data mining.

Please forward all resumes or requests for information to Gwen Niequist at gniequist@riverglassinc.com or phone her directly at 630-578-4271.

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