Vacancy: Lexicographical Science Researcher, freelance

Lexicographical Science Researcher, freelance

Application deadline: 1st April 2024


Oxford Languages is a department of Oxford University Press and is the world’s leading dictionary publisher. Our world-class language research programme builds on over 150 years of experience and technological innovation to deliver authoritative, evidence-based content in more than 50 languages.


The Oxford English Dictionary is the premier reference work in its field, documenting the English language from the Middle Ages to the present day. A team of 70 lexicographers and researchers, based mainly in Oxford, is currently updating the full text of the dictionary.


About the role


We are looking for a Researcher with a scientific background to undertake freelance work for the OED’s Science Team, starting in May/June 2024. Work will be commissioned on a quarterly basis, up to a maximum of 70 hours per month, depending on the project’s need and the freelancer’s availability.


The Researcher will search a variety of historical and contemporary databases to find new quotation material for scientific and technical senses in OED entries currently under revision. They will select appropriate material and key it into the OED database accurately, in accordance with OED’s bibliographic conventions.


Candidates will be required to complete an aptitude test and may be called for interview. Interviews will take place virtually.

About you


You will have demonstrable experience of using various resources to investigate or research a topic for a degree (preferably one in a STEM subject) or professional qualification, or for work or personal interest in a scientific subject.


You must also be able to:

  • retrieve and assimilate information in diverse scientific fields
  • produce consistently high-quality and accurate work
  • demonstrate excellent knowledge of English, including syntax and grammar
  • distinguish between different senses of the same word
  • read and understand texts in varieties of English from the 16th century onwards (training will also be given)
  • work independently
  • react positively to constructive feedback

How to apply


To apply with CV and covering letter, or for further information, please contact: [email protected]