LINGUIST List 28.635

Wed Feb 01 2017

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Data Specialist, Amazon

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 31-Jan-2017
From: John Lonergan <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Data Specialist, Amazon, Cambridge, UK
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University or Organization: Amazon
Job Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: Data Specialist

Job Rank: Other

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)


Interested in Amazon Echo? We’re building the speech and language solutions behind Amazon Echo and other Amazon products and services. We’re working hard, having fun, and making history; come join us!

Amazon is seeking a Data Specialist to join our data team as a leader and domain expert. This role focuses on expanding analysis and evaluation of speech and interaction data deliverables. The Data Specialist will become an expert in dialog evaluation processes, work closely with a team of skilled analysts, and be a key member in developing new conventions for relevant workflows. In addition, the Data Specialist will be asked to handle unique data analysis requests that support the overall processing of a data collection and analysis team.

The Data Specialist must have a passion for data, efficiency, and accuracy. Specifically, the Data Specialist will:
- Handle unique data analysis requests from a range of data customers, including quantitative and qualitative analyses to elevate customer experience with speech interfaces
- Lead and evaluate changing dialog evaluation conventions, test tooling developments, and pilot processes to support expansion to new data areas
- Continuously evaluate workflow tools and processes and offer solutions to ensure they are efficient, high quality, and scalable
- Provide day-to-day expert support for a large and growing team of data analysts
- Provide key support for on-going and new data collection efforts

Basic qualifications:
- MA/MSc. or PhD degree in a relevant field
- 3+ years experience working with data analysis
- Proficiency in one or more UK English dialect
- Experience with process design and documentation
- Experience taking a lead role on large, fast-moving projects
- Experience communicating research findings and analysis in both written and spoken channels
- Demonstrates analytical, problem solving, and research design skills through previous work with data analysis
- Strong technical and analytical aptitude

Preferred qualifications:
- Experience working with speech and/or language data
- Proficiency in scripting, querying and/or analytics tools: linux, R, SAS, or similar tool
- Practical knowledge of data processing needs and trade-offs
- Comfortable handling a high volume of work on a daily basis
- 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
- Strong attention to detail
- Exceptional level of organization

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
John Lonergan

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