Language Engineer

3+ months agoCambridge, MA


Interested in Alexa? Amazon is seeking a Language Engineer with strong analytical skills and language technology experience to help us develop language components for a variety of Alexa products.

We are looking someone to join our Japanese 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


- Masters' or higher degree in a relevant field (linguistics or language)
- Near-native fluency in Japanese
- 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
- Willingness to support several projects at one time, and to accept reprioritization as necessary


- PhD in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics or relevant field
- 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

- Practical knowledge of version control and agile development

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minority / Women / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation

Job ID: Amazon-1340051