JOB: Information Retrieval Researcher, at H5, San Francisco

H5’s Professional Services Group is looking to add Information Retrieval Researchers to our cross-functional project teams.  The core responsibilities of the Information Retrieval Researcher include self-directed research, documentation and presentation of research results, and data analysis.


  • Rapidly developing an understanding of new subject matter related to complex litigation via independent research and team interaction
  • Construct strategic search queries in large corpora of electronic data to locate targeted subject matter
  • Creatively solve information retrieval challenges using proven methodologies and self-generated ideas
  • Synthesizing large amounts of information from a variety of sources (case materials, client direction and feedback, internet sources)
  • Formulate and test hypotheses in a coherent and organized fashion within large corpora of electronic data
  • Presenting research results to a project team, discerning crucial information from less important details, and accurately depicting data trends and inconsistencies
  • Working in a fast-paced environment to meet client deadlines both collaboratively and autonomously
  • Undertaking and successfully concluding projects with minimal supervision while providing updates and progress reports to the project team


  • Ability to approach research conceptually and creatively
  • Ability to synthesize information effectively and formally document /report findings
  • Investigatory skills
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies and processes
  • Sharp eye for detail and a practiced sense of order and organization
  • Ability to meet deadlines while balancing competing priorities
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively to a team effort
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced environment
  • Solid competency in a PC/Windows environment using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)


  • Experience with research, data analysis, text analysis, linguistic analysis
  • Knowledge or experience with the US legal system
  • 2+ years of experience in a professional/ business environment
  • Experience with Concordance and similar legal search platforms a plus
  • BA or BS (MA, MS, JD, LLM, or MLS a plus)

This is a temporary/contract assignment position.

Please apply through our career page:

Closing date:  September 30, 2011