Senior Research Scientist

1 week agoSeattle, WA


Are you motivated to explore research in ambiguous spaces? Are you interested in conducting research that will improve the employee and manager experience at Amazon? Do you want to work on an interdisciplinary team of scientists that collaborate rather than compete? Join us at PXT Central Science in the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Science Team!

The People eXperience and Technology Central Science Team (PXTCS) uses economics, behavioral science, statistics, and machine learning to proactively identify mechanisms and process improvements which simultaneously improve Amazon and the lives, wellbeing, and the value of work to Amazonians. We are an interdisciplinary team that combines the talents of science and engineering to develop and deliver solutions that measurably achieve this goal.

We are seeking a Research Scientist with deep expertise in experimental design or quantitative psychology (survey design, psychometrics etc.). While we prefer someone with a social science or behavioral research background (e.g., I/O Psychology, Social Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, or Anthropology), we are also open to experience in public health, economics, or similar fields. In this role, you will lead and support research efforts within Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) space.

You will be a thought leader on the team, partnering with a diverse set of colleagues and stakeholders to identify and develop impactful areas for novel research about DEI outcomes. You will mentor and provide scientific expertise/peer review to other scientists and on the team.

The ideal candidate should have strong problem-solving skills, excellent business acumen, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and have an expertise in EITHER creating, developing, reviewing, executing, and analyzing surveys OR in Experimental Design/designing studies/causal inference methods. The candidate will need to navigate complex and ambiguous business challenges by asking the right questions, understanding what methodologies to employ, and communicating results to multiple audiences (e.g., technical peers, functional teams, business leaders).


  • Masters in quantitative field (Computer Science, Mathematics, Machine Learning, AI, Statistics, or equivalent)
  • 8+ years of experience working in research science ideally in the tech or consumer industry
  • 5+ years of experience managing Machine Learning Scientists, Data Scientists, Research Scientists, Applied Scientists, and/or Economists
  • Evidence of doing or directing science work with high positive impact on business outcomes
  • Management experience for working on cross-functional projects.


  • A PhD in a quantitative field (Computer Science, Mathematics, Machine Learning, AI, Statistics, or equivalent)
  • 10+ years of experience working in research science in a consumer product company
  • Skilled with Java, C++, or other programming language, as well as with one scripting language such as R, MATLAB, Python or others
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, ability to convey rigorous mathematical and statistical concepts and considerations to non-experts.
Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.

We believe passionately that employing a diverse workforce is central to our success and we make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills. We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.

Client-provided location(s): Seattle, WA, USA
Job ID: Amazon-1346596

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