LINGUIST List 30.2947

Tue Jul 30 2019

Jobs: English; Phonetics; Phonology: Consultant, Appen

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 29-Jul-2019
From: Jon Carlo Frayna <>
Subject: English; Phonetics; Phonology: Consultant, Appen, Menlo Park, California, USA
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University or Organization: Appen
Department: Language Resources
Job Location: California, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Phonetician - Menlo Park, California
Job Rank: Consultant; Other; Phonetician

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology

Required Language(s): English (eng)


Appen is the world's leading innovative technology company, providing
high-quality language and data services for machine learning and artificial
intelligence. Appen is headquartered in Sydney, Australia and has subsidiaries
in United States, United Kingdom, Philippines, and China. Appen has more than
20 years of experience in collecting and processing a variety of data,
including data types such as speech, text, and images, etc. Appen has a pool
of more than 1 million prequalified crowd resources around the world able to
provide data collection and processing services in more than 180 languages.
Appen’s client include global leaders in high-tech, automotive, e-commerce,
etc. and governments to help them develop and improve products and
technologies based on natural language understanding and machine learning.
Appen is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange with stock code: APX

Position Summary: (Must be commutable to Menlo Park, CA - Daily)

We're looking for linguists to help process language data for text-to-speech
and speech recognition technologies. We're looking for linguists who are
native speakers of American English, UK English, or Latin American Spanish,
who are familiar with waveforms, spectrograms, and phonetics. Will provide
pronunciation information, develop and/or improve phonetic transcription
guidelines, evaluate speech data for dialectal variation, and curate audio,
text, and spectrograms from text-to-speech recording sessions.

This is a full-time position onsite at the client’s facility in the San
Francisco Bay Area. The work is scheduled to start asap and expected to last
through the calendar year. Successful candidates will need to pass a SAMPA and
proofreading test as well as a background check.

Key Responsibilities:

Onsite Lead Phonetician:
- Source and proofread texts for recording scripts
- Phonetically transcribe speech data according to guidelines
- Orthographically transcribe speech data match corresponding audio files
- Align speech data to corresponding waveforms/spectrograms, consistent with
- Follow/improve existing documentation
- Enrich natural language data sets
- Handling personnel issues
- Weekly quality checks of remote linguists’ data
- Handling data transfer between internal and external tools
- Communicating announcements, feedback, etc.

- A Degree in Linguistics, Speech Science or related field
- Experience/interest in linguistics, especially phonology, phonetics,
- Native speaker of US English, UK English, or Spanish
- 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
- Available fulltime (40 hrs weekly)
- Able to work onsite in the San Francisco Bay Area

Preferred Qualifications:
- Advanced degree and/or industry experience
- Fluency in two or more natural languages

To apply, please see the application link provided below.

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

Application Deadline: 29-Aug-2019

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Mr. Jon Carlo Frayna

Page Updated: 30-Jul-2019