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Speech/Language Scientist


Cambridge, United Kingdom


Amazon is looking for a passionate, talented and inventive Research Scientist to help build industry-leading speech and language solutions that will enhance user interactions with our products and services in order to provide the best-possible experience for our customers.

As a Research Scientist on our team, you will build and optimize cutting-edge natural language understanding systems and conduct core research aimed at advancing the state of the art. This involves:
· Researching the latest modeling techniques. Understanding trade-offs between competing approaches, and identifying the ones that are likely to have real impact on our customers
· Implementing and/or improving modeling tools, training recipes and prototypes utilizing programming skills in Python and/or Java.
· Conducting experiments to assess the quality of speech and language models and to study the effect of different modeling techniques.
· Analyzing field data in order to identify areas of possible improvement or enhancement of the system.
· Presenting and discussing ideas and results within the team and beyond.
· Providing technical guidance to other team members.
· Strategic planning and project management for technical initiatives.


· Graduate degree in statistics, engineering, mathematics, or computer science and several years of related work experience OR a PhD and several years of related work experience
· Comprehensive and deep knowledge of a relevant field of research, such as machine learning, statistical modeling, natural language understanding, machine translation, speech recognition
· Solid programming skills
· Ability to develop system prototypes
· Dependable written and oral communication skills (English)
· Experience using Unix/Linux

· PhD highly desired
· Explicit (industry or academic) experience with speech recognition, natural language understanding and/or dialogue management
· Be an avid programmer, with extensive expertise in Python and/or Java
· Expertise any of the following areas: algorithms and data structures, parsing, numerical optimization, data mining, parallel and distributed computing
· Experience working effectively with software engineering teams
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills


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