LINGUIST List 31.1412

Tue Apr 21 2020

Jobs: General Linguistics: Linguist Lead, Appen

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 17-Apr-2020
From: Mendez <>
Subject: General Linguistics: Linguist Lead, Appen, San Francisco, USA
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University or Organization: Appen
Job Location: California, USA
Job Title: Linguist Lead

Job Rank: Lead; Other

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics


We're looking for experienced linguists to lead teams of annotators and help process language data for conversational understanding technologies.

You are the right candidate if you know that language data is the underpinning of all current language technologies, you love practical language analysis as well as theoretical, you're quick to learn and implement new label sets, and you are a native-level speaker of the required language.

Duration: 40 hours weekly through the calendar year

Benefits: available based on role location

Successful candidates must be able to work full-time at client sites in the Mountain View Area. We have a number of open positions; each requires expertise in a particular language and linguistic specialty area.


English (Australia)
English (India)
English (New Zealand)
English (United Kingdom)
French (France)
German (Austria)
German (Germany)
Spanish (Spain)

Key Responsibilities:

- Provide language-specific expertise to client researchers, engineers, and linguists
- Execute project plans in consultation with the Project Manager
- Evaluate, update, and distribute annotation guidelines as dictated by data quality goals
- Field annotator questions
- Evaluate the proficiency of annotators and address deficiencies
- Monitor data acquisition and curation
- Develop and/or review gold data in consultation with the client
- Handle personnel issues


- Advanced degree in Linguistics, Speech Science, or related field
- Experience annotating data with linguistic, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, phonetic, phonological, or prosodic information, depending on the requirements of the project and your area of linguistic specialization
- Native-level proficiency in the target language
- Collaborative and solution-oriented attitude
- Ability to adapt to changing requirements, priorities, and revisions
- Strong attention to detail
- Clear communication style
- Strong professional English skills

Preferred Qualifications:

- Industry experience
- Project management experience
- Fluency in three or more natural languages
- Experience with basic programming techniques and familiarity with languages such as Java, Python, PHP, Perl, and C#

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:

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