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Programmer Intern with Project Bow

Hiring Organization:
Inverted-A, Inc.

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Position Description:
Project Bow, an independent research project that explores literacy by a chimpanzee in both Hebrew and English, is looking for an intern with extensive computer programming experience in the field of text-to-speech (TTS).

We are currently updating our standards of proof by switching to a touchscreen computer for Bow to use in typing out his communication. Up to this point, Bow had simply used laminated sheets with letters on them. Because Bow points faster than we can see, it is important for the touchscreen computer to sound out what Bow types in two languages.

Applicants will participate in the development of new protocols and will do extensive programming to perfect our current TTS program. Because adjustments will need to be made in accordance with Bow's usage of the program, interns are also expected to form a working relationship with Bow and to understand his needs as a TTS user.

Applicants should have a degree in computer science, cognitive science or a related field. Experience in the following programming languages and programming environments and pre-existing software packages will be considered a plus: RapidQ, C++, SQL, Melingo, Nakdan, Ivonna.

Knowledge of Hebrew as well as English is desired. Natural language processing experience would be of great help.

An open mind toward non-human communication and the ability to interact productively with other species are required. Specific experience with chimpanzees is not required, but will be considered a plus.

Applicants should submit:
(a) a letter of application and CV
(b) medical report (ask for the form)
(c) three letters of recommendation on academic and programming ability
(d) three letters of recommendation on good character from landlords, roommates and/or dormitory personnel.

This is a volunteer position, and there is no salary. Room and board during the internship period will be provided. There is no travel allowance. The location is extremely secluded. Volunteers must have their own car.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Each volunteer will have a private bedroom with access to communal bathrooms and kitchen.

Term of Appointment:
June 15, 2011 through August 31, 2011

Application Deadline:
April 21, 2011

In order to be considered the application must be complete on or before the deadline. However, no matter how early you complete your application, do not expect to be contacted for an interview until about a week after the deadline. If you cannot wait that long to hear from us, please do not apply.

Contact Information:
Aya Katz
P.O. Box 267
Licking, MO 65542

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