LINGUIST List 29.3652

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Jobs: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology: Language Engineer, Amazon

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Date: 21-Sep-2018
From: Yakov Kronrod <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology: Language Engineer, Amazon, Massachusetts, USA
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University or Organization: Amazon
Department: Alexa Data Services
Job Location: Massachusetts, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Language Engineer

Job Rank: Language Engineer

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology


Interested in Amazon Echo? Get excited thinking about how to represent and utilize language knowledge to build complex systems? Alexa Data Services is looking for a Language Engineer to join our team in the area of speech and language data processing. We are seeking a candidate with strong experience in formal linguistics, linguistic annotation, ontologies, taxonomies, semantic schemas. You will support new feature development, extend existing annotation schemas to cover new concepts, help a variety of teams better utilize language data to create the next great utilities, and find creative ways to improve our language data processing pipelines by diving deep on language and linguistics concepts in practice.

In the role, you will:
- Contribute to the design of new features by extending existing annotation schemas to cover new areas
- Design the natural language processing components of new Alexa experiences and features by writing grammars and annotation specifications
- Write grammars and build FSTs
- Use modeling tools to bootstrap new functionalities
- Collaborate with scientists and other Language Engineers in developing coherent and comprehensive meaning representation frameworks
-Utilize knowledge of formal linguistics to inform tool development for language data processing
- 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
- Collaborate with other Language Engineers, Data Specialists, and Data Scientists in data analysis

- Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g. linguistics, psychology, computational linguistics)
- 2+ years experience in computational linguistics, language data processing, semantics, philosophy of language (or equivalent Graduate research work experience)
- Experience with language annotation and other forms of data markup
- Experience with ontologies and other semantic meaning representation schemas
- 1+ years experience working with speech and text language data in multiple languages
- Experience in Perl, Python, or another scripting language
- 2+ years experience with data analysis processes (R, Matlab, etc...)

- PhD in a relevant field
-1+ years experience with data selection utilizing database queries (SQL)
- Deep expertise in building ontologies, taxonomies, and semantic meaning representation frameworks
- Experience in writing grammars and building FSTs
- Experience with statistical language modeling
- Practical knowledge of version control and agile development
- Strong attention to detail
- Exceptional level of organization
- Fluency in a foreign language a plus
- 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
- Must be able to think creatively and possess strong analytical and problem solving skills

To apply, please see the application link below. is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Women / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Yakov Kronrod
Phone: 508-410-0846

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