Principal Applied Scientist
- Seattle, WA
An information-rich and accurate product catalog is a strategic asset for Amazon. It powers unrivaled product discovery, informs customer buying decisions, offers a large selection, and positions Amazon as the first stop for shopping online. We use data analysis and statistical and machine learning techniques to proactively identify relationships between products within the Amazon product catalog. This problem is challenging due to sheer scale (billions of products in the catalog), diversity (products ranging from electronics to groceries to instant video across multiple languages) and multitude of input sources (millions of sellers contributing product data with different quality).
Amazon's Item Authority group is looking for an innovative and customer-focused senior applied scientist to help us make the world's best product catalog even better. We believe that failure and innovation are inseparable twins. In this role, you will partner with technology and business leaders to build new state-of-the-art algorithms, models, and services to infer product-to-product relationships that matter to our customers. You will work in a collaborative environment where you can experiment with massive data from the world's largest product catalog, work on challenging problems, quickly implement and deploy your algorithmic ideas at scale, understand whether they succeed via statistically relevant experiments across millions of customers.
• Map business requirements and customer needs to a scientific problem.
• Align the research direction to business requirements and make the right judgments on research/development schedule and prioritization.
• Research, design and implement scalable machine learning (ML), natural language, or computational models to solve problems that matter to our customers in an iterative fashion.
• Mentor and develop junior applied scientists and developers who work on data science problems in the same organization.
• Stay informed on the latest machine learning, natural language and/or artificial intelligence trends and make presentations to the larger engineering and applied science communities.
• MS in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related quantitative field and strong knowledge of machine learning.
• 3+ years of relevant experience in industry and/or academia.
• 1+ years of experience with a programming language (C++, Java, or similar) and one scripting language (Perl, Python, or similar).
• 1+ years supervised and unsupervised ML approaches and techniques ranging from Regression to Deep Neural Networks.
• 1+ years of successfully applying ML-based solutions to complex problems in business, science, or engineering.
• 1+ years with fast prototyping.
• 1+ years working effectively with software engineering teams.
• PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related quantitative field and strong knowledge of machine learning.
• 10+ years of relevant experience in industry and/or academia.
• Publications at top-tier peer-reviewed conferences or journals.
• Depth and breadth in state-of-the-art computer vision and machine learning technologies.
• Good written and spoken communication skills.
• Experience with modern methods for parallelized processing of large, distributed datasets (e.g. Spark, Hadoop, Map-Reduce).
* Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation
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