Senior Research Coordinator - Linguistic Data Consortium

Senior Research Coordinator - Linguistic Data Consortium

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Posted Job Title
Senior Research Coordinator - Linguistic Data Consortium

Job Profile Title
Research Coordinator Senior

Job Description Summary
As part of the Linguistic Data Consortium's Annotation/Collection group, the Senior Research Coordinator will support multiple high-stakes, externally sponsored human language technology and artificial intelligence research programs by coordinating project activities involving a variety of languages, collection and annotation methods and data types.

Job Description

Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) is a not-for-profit organization hosted by the University of Pennsylvania that creates and distributes data and other linguistic resources to universities, laboratories, companies and libraries around the world in support of language-related education, research and technology development. Visit to learn more.

Within LDC, the Annotation/Collection group creates labeled data sets for high-stakes, externally sponsored human language technology and artificial intelligence research programs. Working as part of this team, the Senior Research Coordinator will support multiple, concurrent, revenue-generating linguistic resource creation projects for a variety of languages, annotation methods and data types including text, video, images, speech and mixed media.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Assist in development of data collection and linguistic annotation methods for human language technology projects; research existing approaches and propose new ones; test new methods by producing labeled data and analyzing results; document methods for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assist in development of project timelines, milestones and budgets; manage tasking assignments and workflows within and across projects to ensure regular progress towards external and internal milestones; report progress to senior project staff and external sponsors and research collaborators.
  • Evaluate, hire, train and supervise a fluctuating staff of part-time, temporary annotators including remote workers, student workers and independent contractors; coordinate activities involving external data vendors and subcontractors; monitor progress, assess quality and perform annotation and collection to address team shortfalls and emergent requests.
  • Research, develop and implement appropriate quality assurance practices to support project goals; review collected and labeled data against requirements to ensure quality and completeness; assist in preparation of resulting data for publication.
  • Work with project managers and software developers to design, specify and test user interfaces, data processing pipelines and other technical infrastructure required to meet project demands.

A bachelor's degree and 2-3 years of experience supporting externally funded language data collection and annotation projects. The successful candidate will have strong problem solving and analytical capabilities and outstanding organization/information management skills. The position requires flexibility and initiative in the face of fluctuating project requirements as well as the ability to juggle multiple demands and prioritize tasking effectively in a deadline-driven environment.

Preferred qualifications include an advanced degree in linguistics or another language-related discipline, experience with human subject data collection, and formal teaching experience involving non-native English speakers.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table

This position is contingent on grant funding.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$42,953.00 - $65,861.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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