Senior Linguist

Job Locations AU-NS-Chatswood | US-WA-Kirkland
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/18/2021 6:02 AM)





Position Summary

The main responsibility of a Senior Linguist is to provide linguistic and technical leadership for the execution of projects for Appen's clients.  The Senior Linguist applies their expert knowledge of complex languages and linguistic phenomena, strong technical skills and keen attention to detail to support the delivery of projects to quality expectations, timelines, and budget.  The Senior Linguist applies strong problem-solving and communication skills to train new team members, design solutions for new projects, and create and implement tool and process improvements.


The role includes but is not limited to the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Drive linguistic and technical initiatives and processes to improve efficiency and productivity, and provide linguistic and technical solutions as required
  • Prepare language analyses, guidelines and training materials requiring a high level of linguistic expertise
  • Onboard and train a multilingual virtual team of consultants to create, test or annotate linguistic project data in multiple languages, with a focus on complex languages
  • Oversee the work of consultants, including task assignment, scheduling and monitoring
  • Train new staff members and mentor other team members as required
  • Document and manage language resources arising from projects
  • Support business development strategies and activities as required

 Qualifications and Experience

  • 5+ years' experience in a Linguist role
  • Advanced degree in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, a related field, or equivalent experience
  • High-­level understanding of theoretical and scientific linguistic concepts and underlying principles; well­versed in linguistic terminology
  • Familiarity with a broad range of Natural Language Processing Technologies and their application to the company's business areas
  • Technical expertise using text processing tools and scripts (e.g. sed, regex, bash etc.) and/or programming skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong data management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an environment characterized by constant change, and a fast, deadline­driven culture

About Appen

Appen is a global leader in the development of high-quality, human-annotated datasets for machine learning and artificial intelligence. Appen brings over 20 years of experience capturing and enriching a wide variety of data types including speech, text, image and video. With deep expertise in more than 180 languages and access to a global crowd of over 1 million skilled contractors, Appen partners with technology, automotive and eCommerce companies — as well as governments worldwide — to help them develop, enhance and use products that rely on natural languages and machine learning.


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.


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.



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