Job Openings

The Buddhist Translators Workbench Project at the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages (MRC) in Berkeley, California, has openings for research assistants and senior researchers to contribute to the creation of Sanskrit lexical entries.

Research Assistant

Job Description: Contributing Researchers will identify and collect contextual instantiations of selected Buddhist vocabulary items within a corpus of twenty Buddhist Sanskrit texts. They will locate occurrences and selected proximate contexts for Sanskrit words, as well as assisting in identifying English renderings in a parallel translation corpus. All texts will be provided by the Mangalam Research Center from a pre-defined corpus. Assistants may work off-site.

Compensation and workload: Researchers will work as independent contractors at an hourly rate of $15 US. The minimum time commitment is 12 hours a week on the project. Candidates may be offered contracts of up to a year, after an initial trial period of 30 days. 

Requirements: Applicants should hold a B.A., be fluent in English and have sufficient reading knowledge of Sanskrit to match Sanskrit passages with selected published English translation identified in a BTW parallel corpus.

Contributing Senior Researcher

Job Description: Senior Researchers are expected to create lexicographic entries for selected Sanskrit words on the basis of citations collected from a pre-defined corpus of twenty Buddhist Sanskrit texts. The lexicographic tasks include identifying and distinguishing the various senses for each headword, selecting the most representative citations for each sense and translating them into English, as well as exploring semantic relationships between the headword and other Sanskrit words. Researchers will be trained to assign citations to the relevant semantic fields as identified in the Historical Thesaurus of English. 

Compensation and workload: hourly compensation is $25 US. The minimum time commitment is 12 hours a week. After an initial trial period of 30 days, successful candidates will be offered renewable yearly contracts, renewable by mutual consent. Different compensation arrangements will be made for those wishing to be considered for a full-time, in-residence position. 

Requirements: Applicants should have a graduate degree, preferably in Indology, Buddhology or a related field, or have expertise in another field relevant to the project (linguistics, lexicography, or the like), be fluent in English and demonstrate excellent command of Sanskrit and basic understanding of linguistics and lexicography.


All applications should include a statement of interest and purpose, a CV and 2 reference letters, sent separately by the references. Send all materials to Jack Petranker, the Director of MRC: Interviews via Skype will be arranged with selected candidates. Please indicate which position you are applying for, and please familiarize yourself with the BTW website before applying.