Research Annotators (temporary role)

Alan Turing Institute London United Kingdom
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Company Description

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute is named in honour of the scientist Alan Turing and its mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.


The Alan Turing Institute is recruiting a team of annotators to assist with research into online abuse and hate speech as part of the Hate Speech: Measures & Counter-measures project. Your primary task will be to annotate comments and posts taken from a large social media platform, using a newly created annotation framework and guidelines. The work will take place from January to April 2020 and can mostly be completed remotely.


You do not need to have prior experience in annotating social media data or expertise in prejudice studies or internet research as you will be fully trained and given expert support throughout. You will also be given opportunities to further engage with Turing projects relating to online hate, online abuse, misinformation and other online harms.

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Terms and Conditions

This is a part-time role offered on a temporary basis, starting January 2020.

Initially, we will offer a four-week temp contract for 10 hours per week (40 hours total). Based on performance, these is the possibility of agreement extension for a further 9 weeks, for 10 hours per week (90 hours total).

The rate of pay is £14/hour. All training will be paid for. The work can be completed remotely, and you will need to join one meeting each week over videoconference. We aim to have one face-to-face kick off meeting, for which we will pay travel expenses.

Note: this project involves reviewing abusive content, including hate speech. We provide full training and support throughout and follow robust protocols to protect the wellbeing of annotators. You must have the Right to Work in the UK.

Application procedure

To apply for the Research annotator position please send a CV and short statement of interest (maximum one paragraph) to You will then be asked to complete a short test exercise, which should take less than one hour to complete.

Closing date for applications: 22 December 2019

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly. In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments are available to support candidates through the application and interview process.