Language Data Scientist, Alexa AI Services, Inc.
 Bellevue, WA


Job summary

Amazon is seeking a Language Data Scientist to join the Alexa Artificial Intelligence (AI) team as domain expert. This role focuses on expanding analysis and evaluation of speech and interaction data deliverables. The Language Data Scientist is an expert in dialog evaluation processes, working closely with a team of skilled analysts and machine learning scientists and engineers, and is a key member in developing new conventions for relevant annotation workflows. The Language Data Scientist will be asked to handle unique data analysis and research requests that support the training and evaluation of machine learning models and the overall processing of a data collection.

Key job responsibilities

To be successful in this role, you must have a passion for data, efficiency, and accuracy. Specifically, you will:

  • Own data analyses for customer-facing features, including launch go/no-go metrics for new features and accuracy metrics for existing features
  • Handle unique data analysis requests from a range of stakeholders, 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 expert support for a large and growing team of data analysts
  • Provide support for ongoing and new data collection efforts as a subject matter expert on conventions and use of the data
  • Conduct research studies to understand speech and customer-Alexa interactions
  • Assist scientists, program and product managers, and other stakeholders in defining and validating customer experience metrics

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3+ years of experience with data scripting languages (e.g SQL, Python, R etc.) or statistical/mathematical software (e.g. R, SAS, or Matlab)
  • 2 years working as a Data Scientist

Preffered Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in a related field, such as Linguistics, Data Science, Business Intelligence, or Computational Linguistics
  • 2+ years experience working with data science or analytics
  • Proficiency in scripting, querying and/or analytics tools, e.g., Python, R, SQL, or similar tools
  • Practical knowledge of data processing needs and trade-offs
  • Experience working with speech and/or language data
  • Strong understanding of experimental design and methods in statistical analysis
  • Familiarity with the machine learning model lifecycle and understanding of common model accuracy metrics
  • Familiarity with ontologies, taxonomies, and semantic relation frameworks
  • Fluency in a foreign language
  • 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
  • Experience taking a lead role on large, fast-moving projects
  • Strong technical and analytical aptitude
  • Research and academic publication experience

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