US English Phonetician

Job Locations US-Remote
Posted Date 2 years ago(9/29/2020 4:55 PM)



Process language data to help build state of the art text-to speech AI models!



Project Summary


Appen is looking for a phonetician or linguist to help process language data for text-to-speech and speech recognition techonlogies.  The ideal candidate has experience with phonemic transciption and speech data evaluation and must be a native speaker of US English.


This is an AI Specialist project. Our team’s mission is to deliver the best data solutions and expertise to developers of AI for communication, driven by our passion for innovation and our love of languages.



Estimated Project Duration: 6 months, full-time




  • Review and produce highly accurate word spelling and phonemic transcriptions
  • Develop and/or improve transcription guidelines
  • Evaluate speech data for dialectal variation
  • Handle data transfers between internal and external tools and curate audio, text, and spectrograms for text-to-speech recording sessions.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A Degree in Linguistics, Speech Science or related field
  • Experience/interest in linguistics, especially phonology, phonetics, dialectology
  • Native speaker of US English
  • Experience/proficiency with transcription systems (such as SAMPA, IPA)
  • Praat and/or equivalent familiarity with spectrograms
  • Collaborative and solution oriented attitude
  • Ability to quickly learn new skills and adapt to a changing environment
  • Ability to focus on a single task for multiple hours
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Communicates clearly verbally and via email


Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced degree and/or industry experience
  • Fluency in two or more natural languages
  • Location in the San Francisco Bay Area is a bonus



Application Process


Candidates will be screened for eligibility and asked to submit a linguistic screener. Successful candidates will be interviewed.


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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