• Manager, Machine Learning

    Location US-CA-Sunnyvale
    Posted Date 7 months ago(8/20/2018 11:13 AM)
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  • Job Description

    Alexa is Amazon's cloud-based voice service for building engaging and intelligent voice experiences for services and devices, like the groundbreaking Amazon Echo and Amazon Fire TV. Our mission is to push the envelope in Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Understanding (NLU), and Audio Signal Processing, in order to provide the best-possible experience for our customers.

    As a Research Manager for the Alexa team you will be responsible for leading a team of scientists in the field of Machine Learning (ML) and/or natural language understanding (NLU).

    The responsibilities include the strategic aspects of setting long term research directions as well as the tactical aspects of addressing customer pain points, setting priorities, and driving the design, development, and deployment of MLand/or NLU technology. A successful candidate will have an established background in developing customer-facing experiences, a strong technical ability, excellent project management skills, great communication skills, and a motivation to achieve results in a fast paced environment. You will hire and develop your team, build customer-facing experiences, and manage your own projects.

    As a member of the technical team you will be responsible for...

    - Owning the strategic planning and project management for long term research projects that create value for our customers.
    - Analyzing customer data and addressing customer pain points.
    - Conducting and coordinating research leading to improved accuracy of Alexa's NLU capabilities.
    - Communicating effectively with senior management as well as with colleagues from research teams, software engineering teams, and other technical and business teams.
    - Managing the day-to-day activities of the research team.
    - Hiring and developing researchers.
    - Staying up-to-date with trends, papers, and academia.

    Basic Qualifications

    • Graduate degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or related field and 8+ years of related experience OR a PhD and 5+ years of related work experience
    • 5+ years experience with applied natural language understanding and machine learning areas

    Preferred Qualifications

    • PhD in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or related field
    • Project management experience desired for working on cross-functional projects
    • Experience in building complex, real-time software systems involving speech recognition & natural language algorithms that have been successfully delivered to customers, preferably on mobile devices.
    • Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations.
    • Ability to rapidly prototype and evaluate customer applications and interaction methodologies.
    • Excellent written and verbal technical communication. Able to explain complex solutions in easy-to-understand terms.
    • Research track record with peer-reviewed publications in academic conferences and journals in the related areas.

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

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