Applied Scientist, Alexa AI

Job ID: 779453 | Services LLC


Do you want to work on Alexa, the voice activated digital assistant powering Amazon Echo, Dot, Show and Fire TV? Are you an Applied Scientist who dreams of building solutions that combine the latest technology in applied machine learning, NLP and distributed Cloud services? The Alexa AI Natural Understanding team works on the core server-side components for Alexa’s Natural Understanding (NU) modules. We are looking for a talented, detail-oriented and self-motivated Applied Scientist who is passionate about new technologies to join the team. You will be working alongside top notch machine learning scientists and engineers building complex new capabilities for Alexa. Our systems need to meet remarkably high standards of quality, performance and reliability, operating around the clock on a massive scale. As a member of the team, you will be responsible for leading the development and launch of core product features. You will deliver key machine learning solutions into production, while inventing and building algorithms from the ground up. You will have significant influence on the overall strategy by helping define these product features, drive the system architecture, and spearhead the best practices that enable a quality product to delight Alexa customers.


· Graduate degree (MS or PhD) in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics with specialization in speech recognition, natural language processing, or machine learning
· 5+ years relevant industry experience
· Experience with programming language like Python, R, MATLAB, or similar scripting language


· Ph.D. with concentration in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Statistics or another highly quantitative field
· Significant peer reviewed scientific contributions in relevant field
· Extensive experience applying theoretical models in an applied environment
· Expertise on a broad set of ML approaches and techniques
· Proven track record of delivering large-scale machine learning, speech, language understanding, search and/or personalization applications, or leading successful research projects in one or more of these fields
· Strong fundamentals in problem solving, algorithm design and complexity analysis
· Experience with defining organizational research and development practices in an industry setting
· Proven track record in leading, mentoring and growing teams of scientists (teams of five or more scientists)
· Strong communication and data presentation skills
· Experience with Java, C++ (or other high-level programming languages)
· Experience developing cloud software services and an understanding for scalability, performance, and reliability

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