LINGUIST List 31.3501

Fri Nov 13 2020

Jobs: Portuguese; Computational Linguistics: Language Engineer, Amazon

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 13-Nov-2020
From: kristen partch <>
Subject: Portuguese; Computational Linguistics: Language Engineer, Amazon, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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University or Organization: Amazon
Department: Alexa
Job Location: Massachusetts, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Language Engineer

Job Rank: Language Engineer; Other

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics

Required Language(s): Portuguese (por)


Interested in Alexa? Amazon is seeking a Language Engineer to join our Brazilian Portuguese team with experience in linguistic annotation, ontologies, taxonomies and/or semantic schemas. In this role, you will be a key member in new feature development and identify and solve issues directly affecting the customer experience by becoming an expert in annotation schemas and natural language understanding.

As a Language Engineer at Amazon, you will:
- Develop NLP components: write rules, build grammars/FSTs, create annotation systems or mappings for the target language
- Contribute to the design of new features by extending existing annotation schemas to cover new areas in the target language
- Use modeling tools to bootstrap and test new functionalities
- Analyze system performance and identify areas for improvement
- Collaborate with other Language Engineers and Data Linguists teams in data collection and development efforts

Basic Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s or higher degree in a relevant field (linguistics or language)
- Near-native fluency in Brazilian Portuguese
- Experience with language annotation and other forms of data markup
- Excellent communication, strong organizational skills and very detailed oriented
- Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work environment

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience with database queries and data analysis processes (SQL, R, Matlab, etc.), and Unix
- Experience programming in Python, or another scripting language
- Expertise in building ontologies, taxonomies, and semantic relation frameworks
- Experience in writing grammars and building FSTs
- Experience with statistical language modeling
- Willingness to support several projects at one time, and to accept reprioritization as necessary

To apply, please visit the application link provided below.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
kristen partch

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