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Want to transform the way people enjoy music, video, and radio? Come join the team that made Amazon Music, Spotify, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and more available to Alexa customers. We are innovating the way our customers interact with entertainment in the living room and in the car. We are at the epicenter of the future of entertainment.

Alexa Entertainment is looking for a Research Science Manager as we build a team of talented and passionate scientists for ASR (automatic speech recognition) and NLU (natural language understanding). As a science lead, you will lead the design, development, and evaluation of models and ML (machine learning) technology so that customers have the magical experience of entertainment via Alexa. And, you will have the satisfaction of working on a product your friends and family can relate to, and want to use every day. Like the world of smart phones less than 10 years ago, this is a rare opportunity to have a giant impact on the way people live.

You will lead a team delivering features that are highly anticipated by media and well received by our customers.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

· Proven leadership in NLP or ML. Experience leading and launching ML projects from concept to go-live. Passionate about setting strategic directions for voice interactions and the ability to line up a roadmap.
· Experience mentoring and growing scientists.
· Graduate degree (MS or PhD) in Computer Sciences, Mathematics, or Statistics with specialization in natural language processing, or machine learning.
· 3+ years of hands-on experience in modeling and analysis, and in deploying machine learning / deep learning models in production.
· 2+ years of hands-on experience in programming languages such as Python

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

· PhD with specialization in speech recognition, natural language processing, or machine learning with at least 5 years of related work experience
· Strong software development skills
· Proven track record of innovation in creating novel algorithms and advancing the state of the art
· Entrepreneurial spirit combined with strong architectural and problem solving skills
· Strong publication record

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minority / Women / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation / Age.

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Employee Testimonials

Spyros M.
Senior Principal Scientist, Alexa Machine Learning

“For scientists, this is a great place for doing research because Amazon is very data-driven and metrics-oriented. The rigor expected in scientific publications in terms of running controlled experiments and tracking progress based on well-established metrics is exactly what we see in our team.”

“You also interact with people with strong technical and practical experience and learn from each other,” he says. “You’re exposed to a breadth of challenges, many of them long-term applications for artificial intelligence."

Chao W.
Alexa Science Manager

“Since 2000 I’ve been focused on developing spoken language and machine translation systems that can engage with humans more effectively, and hopefully break down language and other barriers,” Chao says. “We’re still far from systems that truly understand the meaning of what we’re saying, but the progress we’re making with Alexa is incredibly exciting.”

Janet S.
Senior Manager of Applied Modeling and Data Science

“We have much further to go in developing systems that can truly understand and converse with humans naturally.  But I’m incredibly proud of how far we’ve come with Alexa, and super excited about the work teams are doing to make Alexa smarter every day.”

Shankar A.
Senior Manager, Applied Science

“When I first joined the team I didn’t realize just how big and ambitious this initiative really is,” said Shankar. “What’s incredibly exciting for speech scientists like myself is how algorithmic innovations in machine learning and data science have created a sophisticated voiced-based AI like Alexa, and how our work on improving this technology has a positive impact on the day-to-day lives of millions of customers using it."

Chris C.
People Manager

“We have an incredibly diverse, experienced and curious team that is always pushing the envelope even further! Here at Amazon, we pride ourselves on being peculiar. We bring in talent from all around the world, leading to a diversity of background, culture and perspective in each team!” 

Beatriz R.
Team Manager

“I have quickly learned that Amazon is a company where you can actually voice out your ideas and concerns, where you can expect the support and interest of Leadership. We are quick to take action, passionate about improving processes and driven to enhance morale, so being able to speak up without fear has been my best asset. Now at the year mark at ADS, I am happy to say that the culture is one where you are proud to be a member of the team. “