• Language Engineer - Alexa Language Technologies

    Location US-CA-East Palo Alto
    Posted Date 1 month ago(4/26/2018 6:51 AM)
    Job ID
    A2Z Development Center, Inc.
  • Job Description

    Amazon Lab126 is an inventive research and development company that designs and engineers high-profile consumer electronics. Lab126 began in 2004 as a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., originally creating the best-selling Kindle family of products. Since then, we have produced groundbreaking devices like Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Amazon Echo. What will you help us create?

    The Role:
    Are you a linguist with technical aptitude? Or are you an engineer with a passion for (human) languages and linguistics? Come join us! You will be working with a unique and gifted team of engineers and scientists engaged in a fast-paced mission to conceive and deliver new products. You will help build the speech and language solutions behind new Amazon products and services.

    We are seeking a Language Engineer with experience in linguistic annotation, ontologies, taxonomies and/or semantic schemas. In this role, you will identify and solve issues directly affecting the customer experience by becoming an expert in annotation schemas and natural language understanding.

    Specifically, you will:
    - Design the natural language processing components of new Alexa experiences and features by writing grammars and annotation specifications
    - Collaborate with scientists and other Language Engineers in creating optimal solutions to elevate the customer experience
    - Identify and solve production issues that are impacting the Alexa customer experience
    - Advocate strict adherence to annotation guidelines
    - Scale existing functionalities into new languages

    Basic Qualifications

    - Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
    - 2+ years’ experience in computational linguistics, language data processing, semantics, or philosophy of language
    - Experience with language annotation and other forms of data markup
    - Experience with ontologies and other semantic meaning representation schemas
    - Experience working with speech and text language data in multiple languages
    - Experience in Python, Perl, or another scripting language

    Preferred Qualifications

    - Advanced degree in a relevant field
    - Expertise in building ontologies, taxonomies, and semantic meaning representation frameworks
    - Experience writing grammars and building finite state transducers
    - Familiarity with database queries and data analysis processes (SQL, R, Matlab, etc.)
    - Experience with statistical language modeling (machine learning)
    - Practical knowledge of version control and agile development
    - Fluency in a language other than English

    Amazon.com is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation

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