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SCUTLE Research Project Assistant

Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
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SCUTLE Research Project Assistant

The University of Pennsylvania's Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) is seeking a Research Project Assistant to join our SCUTLE project team.

The SCUTLE ( SocioCultural Understanding Through Language Examples) Project supports creation of automatic Cultural Interpreter Apps that will assist English speakers in humanitarian assistance and disaster response scenarios, by translating from local languages into English while helping the English speaker avoid cross-cultural miscommunication. The SCUTLE project team is building a large database of examples from many languages and cultures to help improve the app’s performance.

As a Research Project Assistant, you will be an important part of the management team, working closely with team leaders to recruit native speaker consultants and coordinate their work, test new data collection approaches, analyze results and prepare project reports. Your tasking will be varied and dynamic, supporting multiple managers and a large, distributed team of remote language workers.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist project management staff with recruitment, onboarding and support of native speaker contractors, crowd workers, temporary extra workers and human subjects
  • Assist project management staff with tracking and reporting project progress
  • Research and test procedural approaches to data collection and annotation; analyze collected data and annotations
  • Research various aspects of project languages including speaker populations in the greater Philadelphia area; political, social or cultural issues that may affect project work on the language; availability and quality of conversational data sources in the language
  • Other duties as assigned

The SCUTLE Research Project Assistant is a remote hourly-paid position and requires a regular commitment of 15-20 hours/week, with flexible scheduling. The project is expected to last for 2-3 years. LDC provides a diverse, stimulating and highly collaborative working environment, with ample opportunity to develop professional, technical and linguistic skills.



  • BA/BS in relevant discipline (e.g. Linguistics, Anthropology, Sociology or another discipline with a cross-cultural focus)
  • Demonstrated project coordination experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs
  • Outstanding English communication skills (verbal and written)
  • In depth firsthand knowledge of a non-American culture and language (e.g. grew up outside the US speaking a language other than English, lived abroad for many years)
  • Excellent organizational and information management skills
  • Highly analytical and detail-oriented
  • Able to quickly adapt to changing project needs
  • Able to juggle multiple responsibilities and meet firm deadlines
  • Able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Reliable, efficient, proactive, and self-motivated


  • 2+ years of professional experience supporting sponsored social science research projects in an academic environment
  • 2+ years of experience as a language analysis professional (e.g. linguistic annotation, translation, computational linguistics)
  • Advanced skills in data analysis and visualization
  • Native speaker fluency in Mandarin Chinese (simplified Chinese)
  • Native familiarity with Mainland Chinese culture

To apply, submit both a resume and cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.

Company Profile: Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) is a not-for-profit organization hosted by the University of Pennsylvania that creates and distributes linguistic resources to universities, laboratories, companies and libraries around the world in support of language-related education, research and technology development. Visit us at https://www.ldc.upenn.edu for more information.

Job Types: Part-time, Temporary

Pay: From $16.00 per hour


  • Flexible schedule

Application Question(s):

  • Briefly describe how your prior education and/or work experience will enable you to make contributions to our research in designing a Cultural Interpreter App.


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) (Preferred)

Work Location: Remote

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