Human Language Technology (HLT)

Hyattsville, MD
Posted 02/22/2024


Leidos National Security Sector is currently soliciting experienced Human Language Technology (HLT) Specialists in various languages to support the HLT initiatives of a Department of Defense (DoD) customer in the National Capital Region (NCR). HLT specialists should have experience working with human language technologies, computer programming, computer assisted translation, and terminology management. HLT specialists will support a program performing Document and Media Exploitation (DOMEX) operations and are expected to leverage language, analytical, and programming skills.

The HLT specialists will support the use of HLT for triage, translation, and summarization. They will help to identify and prioritize work to be performed on the program. Must currently possess TS/SCI. Candidate will be required to pass a polygraph and subject interview prior to starting on the project.


  • Assist in the management, development, and configuration of HLT tools, including machine translation engines, text classification models, transliteration, and optical character recognition

  • Identify and address issues with the integration of technology

  • Facilitate the use of Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) tools such as SDL Trados, including creating translation memory projects, and managing translation memory and termbase files

  • Leverage customer tools to generate reports and metrics

  • Review results generated by tools to assess accuracy and effectiveness

  • Work with various team members (e.g., systems engineers, triage specialists, and linguists) to identify products of potential value

  • Provide training to other team members on the use of translation memory and CAT tools

  • Create and maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the use of HLT


  • Active TS/SCI clearance

  • Achieve a minimum score of 2 in respective foreign language (reading and listening) and a minimum score of 3 in English (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) on the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale

  • Three (3) years of experience working with human language technology and computer programming

  • BA degree and 8 – 12 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 6 – 10 years of prior relevant experience.


  • Team player who can prioritize and effectively manage his/her own matrixed team and multiple competing priorities

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in a professional manner (email, spoken, & reports).

  • Experience working with ML/AI products and techniques pertaining to natural language processing, such as optical character recognition, document classification, named entity recognition, machine translation, etc.

  • General understanding of the Microsoft Com Object Model, REST API, HTML and XML or JSON formats

  • Familiarity with Python packages relating to machine learning and text processing, including pandas,  NLTK, or SpaCY

  • Ability to use or train to proficiency on customer specific software programs and tools.

  • Ability to collaborate, interact, and communicate effectively with technical and non-technical personnel 


  • Formal education in data science, computational linguistics, and/or computer programming

  • Experience with translation memory and translations management, certification preferred. 

  • Familiarity with linguistics and foreign language concepts, including morphology, orthography, and semantics, and computational approaches to modelling them

  • Advanced degree in computer programming, computational linguistics and/or linguistics

  • Familiarity with Document and Media Exploitation (DOMEX) processes and specialized tools

  • Trados certification for Project Management or Translation

  • Training or certification in Translation Memory and Terminology Management

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $87,100.00 - $157,450.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.


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