Senior Research Project Manager, Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC)

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Senior Research Project Manager, Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC)

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The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

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Posted Job Title
Senior Research Project Manager, Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC)

Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project B

Job Description Summary
As part of the Linguistic Data Consortium's Annotation/Collection group, the Senior Research Project Manager supports high-stakes, externally sponsored human language technology and artificial intelligence research efforts. The position has responsibility for developing and overseeing multiple complex and interwoven projects from concept to final close, ensuring that all deliverables are fully and accurately completed, on time and within budget, and acting as the principle project liaison to the broader research community.

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. Within LDC, the Annotation/Collection group creates labeled data sets for high-stakes, externally sponsored human language technology and artificial intelligence research programs. Visit to learn more about LDC.

The Senior Research Project Manager independently manages multiple, concurrent, revenue-generating, externally sponsored linguistic resource creation projects. The position has responsibility for developing and overseeing projects from concept to final close, including start-up activities; data collection, annotation, analysis and distribution; project maintenance and project close-out activities. Projects are complex and interwoven, covering multiple languages and data types (text, speech, video, image, multi-media) with budgets that typically exceed $1M per project per year. Projects involve staff from across LDC's functional areas (collection/annotation, software, external relations, research), including technical managers, programmers, linguists and annotators, as well as external subcontractors and vendors. The position has primary responsibility for all facets of these projects, ensuring that all deliverables are fully and accurately completed, on time and within budget. The position also acts as the principal project liaison for external researchers and sponsors, and must ensure effective and timely communication of project progress, issues, and plans.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Develop project plans, proposals, timelines and budgets from initial conceptualization
  • Work with PI, sponsors and external stakeholders to establish data plans that are responsive to emerging, evolving research directions, negotiating changes when needed
  • Build, develop and manage teams of internal and external linguists, programmers and managers to execute project goals
  • Identify and specify corpus, annotation and technical requirements for the project
  • Create and define data collection, annotation and analysis approaches
  • Manage project workflows, track progress and monitor expenditures to achieve external and internal milestones
  • Research, develop and implement appropriate quality assurance methods
  • Write and/or edit technical and fiscal reports

To be effective the position must stay abreast of industry trends and funding opportunities in natural language processing, human language technology, artificial intelligence, and language resource creation. The position regularly contributes to publications and presentations.

A master's degree and 3-5 years of experience is required or the equivalent combination of education and experience (PhD preferred; preferred degree in Linguistics or related area, 5-7 years of experience preferred). The successful candidate will have exceptional problem solving, needs assessment and analytical capabilities and outstanding organization/information management skills. Must demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders including students, staff, senior administrators, faculty, funders, and industry experts. Must have proven skills in managing a diverse workforce including both in-person and remote teams and an ability to foster a positive work environment. 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.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

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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