Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación
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Data Engineer for Language and Translation Technologies (RE1)

Context And Mission

The Language Technologies (LT) Unit at BSC has a consolidated experience in several NLP areas, such as massive language model building, biomedical text mining, machine translation and unsupervised learning. It has been entrusted by the Spanish and the Catalan government to develop essential open-source resources and technologies for Spanish and Catalan. In connection with this, the LT Unit is currently in charge of two flagship projects at the national and regional levels: the Spanish National Plan for the Advancement of Language Technology, funded by the Spanish Secretariat of Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence, and the AINA project, aimed at developing AI resources for Catalan, funded by the Catalan Digitalisation Department. In addition, the Unit participates in various EU-funded international projects.

The LT Unit at BSC is looking for a Data Engineer with experience in Natural Language Processing and/or Machine translation.

The successful candidate will work in a highly sophisticated HPC environment, have access to state-of-the-art systems and computational infrastructures, and establish collaborations with experts in different areas at the local and international levels.

Key Duties

  • Collect language data as required by the projects carried out in the Unit.
  • Prepare language data processing scripts to clean and prepare data to be ingested by the neural architectures.
  • Automatically annotate data using state-of-the-art language processing tools.
  • Manage corpora and language data according to the requirements specified in the Unit’s data management plan.
  • Monitor applications of data protection, licensing and security rules.
  • Control the quality of collected data and metadata.
  • Coordinate with machine learning engineers to determine data requirements
  • Write technical reports and project documentation in English, Spanish and Catalan.
  • Prepare research proposals and write scientific papers.
  • Coordinate external teams for data collection and data annotation
  • Ensure the applicability of open licenses to data sets, and resolve queries



  • Degree in Applied linguistics, Computer Science or related disciplines

Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in NLP, MT or Speech processing fields.
  • Excellent understanding of data administration and management functions (transfer, storage, analysis, distribution, exploration, etc.).
  • Proven experience in working with large datasets and distributed file systems: SQL, databases and metadata management.
  • Proven experience in UNIX/LINUX environments, scripting languages and Python Competences
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish

Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in developing open-source software and resources
  • Fluent in written and spoken Catalan.
  • Strong understanding of linguistic concepts.


  • Ability to work independently and in a team to complete tasks on schedule.
  • Ability to work under set deadlines.


The position will be located at BSC within the Life Sciences Department
We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures

  • Duration: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: asap