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Language Engineer (12 month fixed term contract/secondment)

Education changes lives forever. It broadens horizons, breaks down barriers, and fires imaginations. Like the University of Oxford of which we are a part, we are committed to uncompromising standards, freedom of expression, and the enrichment of lives through education. This is our motivation, our purpose, and our mission. It is why 100% of the money we make is reinvested into education and research. It is why we all care deeply about reaching more people, in more places, with world-class learning and research materials and services. 

Oxford Languages, a department of Oxford University Press, is the world’s leading dictionary publisher as well as being at the forefront of language technology innovations. Oxford Languages delivers a range of language data products and services in over 50 languages, including bespoke lexical datasets, self-service APIs, and our flagship Oxford English Dictionary (OED).  

Our partnerships with leading academic institutions, enterprising start-ups, and technology giants have embedded this content at the cutting-edge of language research and global communications. Oxford Languages content powers assistive technology products, word games, and “back-end” (non-display) purposes such as Natural Language Processing (NLP) and machine learning. 

About the Role

As Language Engineer, you’ll be applying your linguistics, computation and data science skills to the creation, enhancement, evaluation, and exploitation of a wide range of global language resources. This includes development of lexical knowledge bases of different types, as well as corpora and their derived products. 

You’ll also develop fully automatic and semi-automatic processes to generate, customize, and test language resources, in partnership with editorial teams or other business stakeholders. Liaising with the Oxford Languages Product team to design data and publication processes, you’ll create outputs for licensing and customer-facing products. Additionally, you’ll provide development and maintenance support for major datasets such as the Oxford English Dictionary. 

Other responsibilities include analysing language data, evaluating language resources, and building prototype applications to test and showcase the use of Oxford Languages data in Natural Language Processing (NLP) related tools and services, in both commercial and research domains. 

Key responsibilities of this role are detailed in the attached Job Description.  

We operate a hybrid working policy that requires a minimum of 2 days per week in the Oxford office. Please note: This is a 12 month fixed term contract (or secondment opportunity).

About You


  • Knowledge of linguistics and structural aspects of language (e.g. syntax, semantics) 
  • Python programming skills (including knowledge of data science Python modules such as NumPy and Pandas) 
  • XML handling and processing experience 
  • Computational linguistics and natural language processing (acquired by either degree, professional qualification, or on the job) 
  • Knowledge of methodology for data annotation, data quality, etc. 
  • Knowledge of representation and manipulation of language data, including data annotations.


  • Programming skills in other languages (e.g. Java, Perl, Bash scripting) 
  • Experience with AI and machine learning processes 
  • Proficiency in a non-English language. 


We care about work/life balance here at OUP. With this in mind we offer 25 days’ holiday that rises with service, plus bank holidays and Christmas closure (3-days) and a 35-hour working week. We are open to discussing flexibility in respect of working hours and the use of technology to support regular remote working, dependent on role. We also have a great variety of active employee networks and societies. 

We help make your money go further by contributing to your pension up to 12%, offering loans and savings schemes through our partnership with Salary Finance, in addition to travel to work schemes and access to a wide range of local discounts. 

Please see our Rewards and Recognition page for more information.


Please contact with any queries relating to this role. 

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK, OX2 6DP
  • Division:
  • Department:
    GA Dictionaries
  • Closing Date:
    7 December 2022
  • Salary:
    In the region of £50,000 dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Postcode:
    OX2 6DP
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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