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Language Engineer

Language Engineer

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Amazon Corporate LLC
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Research Science
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Job Description

Amazon is building speech and language services that power voice search on Fire TV. We’re working hard, having fun, and making history; come join us!

Amazon is looking for a Japanese Language Engineer to join our data engineering team in the area of speech and language data processing. We are seeking a candidate with strong analytical skills and language technology experience to help us measure, analyze and solve complex problems. In this role, you will support a range of data collection efforts, monitor accuracy and throughput standards, and be a key member in new feature development.

Specifically, the Language Engineer will:
- Provide day-to-day coordination of Japanese data collection efforts, including planning, scheduling, and reporting
- Measure and analyze accuracy and throughput of annotated data
- Contribute to the design of new features by extending existing annotation schemas to cover new areas
- Write grammars and build FSTs
- Use modeling tools to bootstrap new functionalities
- Handle competing requests from a range of data customers
- Collaborate with other Language Engineers in data collection and feature design efforts

Basic Qualifications

- Native speaker of Japanese
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
- 2+ years experience in computational linguistics, language data processing, statistics, or data analysis
- Experience with annotation and other forms of data markup
- Experience in Japanese Natural Language Processing
- Experience programming in Perl, Python, Java and/or C/C++
- Experience working with speech and text language data in multiple languages
- Experience with database queries and data analysis processes (SQL, R, Matlab, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

- Experience in writing grammars and building FSTs
- Experience in statistical language modeling
- Practical knowledge of version control and agile development
- Strong attention to detail
- Exceptional level of organization
- Fluency in another foreign language a plus
- 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 is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation