LINGUIST List 26.2905

Mon Jun 15 2015

Jobs: Multiple Languages; General Linguistics: Linguist, Appen

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 14-Jun-2015
From: Jasna Rustempasic <>
Subject: Multiple Languages; General Linguistics: Linguist, Appen, California, USA
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University or Organization: Appen
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: California, USA (Telecommute)
Web Address:
Job Title: Linguist-Multiple Languages

Job Rank: Consultant; Linguist

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics

Required Language(s): Danish (dan)
                            Dutch (nld)
                            French (fra)
                            Norwegian Bokmål (nob)
                            Swedish (swe)


Linguist-Multiple Languages

Work Location: United States, CA


Appen is a language technology solutions and consulting firm, recognized as a global leader in the quality, range and caliber of its expertise. We are focused on helping our clients reach international markets by leveraging our expertise in over 150 languages and dialects. Our clients are among the world’s top internet search engine and voice recognition providers. For more information come see us at

Department: Linguistics


We are looking for highly skilled linguists to help develop and expand our lexicons. Candidates must be native speakers of one of the following languages: Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Danish, Canadian French.

The ideal candidate has experience and passion for working with language data and the ability to help create, categorize, audit, and improve lexical data. Excellent grammatical skills in the native language are essential. This person must be highly organized, extremely collaborative, and able to drive issues to resolution across a variety of teams.

Project Information:

- Location: Client's facility, San Francisco Bay Area preferred. Possibility of reimbursement for travel expenses.
- Start date: mid - end of August
- Hours: 40 hours per week
- Length: up to 6 months


- Preparing and auditing data test sets
- Evaluating, labeling and vetting output, providing informed feedback
- Proposing relevant dictionary content and meta-content
- Writing guidelines and instructions for vendors or junior linguists
- Auditing vendor work, including bug reporting, monitoring, and resolution
- Identifying tools and process enhancements
- Working cross-functionally with linguists and engineers


- Degree in linguistics and/or equivalent experience
- Native fluency in one of the above languages; proficiency in English
- Excellent knowledge of structural aspects of the language (syntax, semantics, phonology, phonetics)
- Up-to-date exposure to popular native culture and the ability to use that knowledge to inform data analysis
- Previous experience working with language data (e.g. research, analysis, translation, review)
- Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and proven ability to manage priorities are essential

Preferred Experience

- Experience using OS X or iOS software
- Experience in software quality assurance and testing
- Knowledge of internationalization and localization
- Proficiency in more than one non-English language
- Software translation, natural language translation, and computational linguistic experience is a plus

Strong preference will be given to local candidates.

Application Deadline: 31-Aug-2015 (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Jasna Rustempasic
Phone: 206-265-0090

Page Updated: 15-Jun-2015