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British English Linguist at Appen

British English Linguist

Appen San Francisco, California, US Part-Time
Required languages: English
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Position Summary

Become a specialist on natural language generation and help build state-of-the-art AI systems. Your inputs will be used to develop better natural language understanding systems for British English.

Duration: 6 months fixed-term employee, part-time

Payment: This is a salaried position, compensation to be determined based on skills and past experience.

Successful candidates must be able to work at client sites in the San Francisco Bay Area once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.


  • Work with Appen's client to produce high quality natural language and mark it up with annotations that provide information about the semantics/meaning of natural language text
  • Use categories such as domains, intents, and slots to mark words and phrases in text utterances
  • Manage and track changes in the scenario database
  • Review and update annotation guidelines and guard data quality

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Language Technologies, Computer Sciences, or related field
  • Interest in practical as well as theoretical linguistics, especially syntax, semantics, and pragmatics
  • Facility with computers and software applications.
  • Familiarity with basic Python, SQL and script writing
  • Ability to adapt to changing requirements, priorities, and revisions
  • Cooperative, solution-oriented attitude
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and work quickly
  • Analytic mindset with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to review examples and apply rules to data
  • Native speaker of British English

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced degree and/or industry experience
  • Experience working remotely
  • NLG annotation experience

If this resonates with you, or if you feel like you would excel in the role, apply now!

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.

About Appen

Appen collects and labels images, text, speech, audio, video, and other data used to build and continuously improve the world’s most innovative artificial intelligence systems. Our expertise includes having a global crowd of over one million skilled contractors who speak over 180 languages and dialects, in over 70,000 locations and 130 countries, and the industry’s most advanced AI-assisted data annotation platform. Our reliable training data gives leaders in technology, automotive, financial services, retail, healthcare, and governments the confidence to deploy world-class AI products. Founded in 1996, Appen has customers and offices globally.

At Appen, we value performance, honesty, humility, and grit. We persevere and remain focused, whilst maintaining agility to achieve quality outcomes and exceed expectations. We’re truth tellers – respectfully of course. We take accountability for our actions, and believe in giving and receiving direct feedback. We give credit where credit is due, and show gratitude to others for their contributions. We seek diverse perspectives as we recognize the value in teamwork and collaboration. Through grit, we take ownership, and we don’t give up.

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Job ID: Linguist-2020-5094