• Language Engineer

    Location US-MA-Cambridge
    Posted Date 1 day ago(5/24/2018 2:20 PM)
    Job ID
    654654
    Company
    Amazon.com Services, Inc.
  • Job Description

    Are you a linguist with technical aptitude? Or are you an engineer with a passion for (human) languages and linguistics? Do you want to transform the way people enjoy music, radio, books and video? Come join the team that made Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, Live radio, Audible books, Kindle books, Podcasts, Alexa on Fire TV and more available to Alexa customers. We are innovating on and changing the way our customers interact with media services and devices by building the speech and language solutions behind Amazon Echo and other Amazon products and services.

    Alexa Music is looking for a Language Engineer with experience in linguistic annotation, ontologies, taxonomies and/or semantic schemas. In this role, you will support new feature development by extending existing annotation schemas to cover new concepts.

    Specifically, the Language Engineer 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 developing coherent and comprehensive meaning representation frameworks
    • Lead annotation efforts to test and solidify new representations
    • Provide day-to-day coordination of data collection efforts, including planning, scheduling, and reporting
    • Measure and analyze accuracy and throughput of annotated data
    • Handle competing requests from a range of data customers
    • Write grammars and build FSTs
    • Use modeling tools to bootstrap new functionalities

    Basic Qualifications

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

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Deep expertise in building ontologies, taxonomies, and semantic meaning representation frameworks
    • Comfortable working with speech and text language data in multiple languages
    • Experience in writing grammars and building FSTs
    • Experience with statistical language modeling
    • Practical knowledge of version control and agile development
    • Familiarity with database queries and data analysis processes (SQL, R, Matlab, etc.)
    • Excellent communication, strong organizational skills and very detailed oriented
    • Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work environment
    • Willingness to support several projects at one time, and to accept reprioritization as necessary
    • Able to think creatively and possess strong analytical and problem solving skills
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Exceptional level of organization
    • Fluency in a foreign language a plus

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