Amazon is Looking for Drone and Speech Recognition Experts for Cambridge R&D Centre

By Gerald Lynch on at

If you're a tech company, Cambridge in England seems to be the place to be at the moment. Yesterday we learnt that Apple is looking to set up a new UK base in the University city, in addition to Qualcomm and ARM's footholds there. Now it seems Amazon is looking to expand its own research and development facilities in the area, focussing work on drone technology and speech recognition systems.

A city known for its brainboxes and start-ups, it makes perfect sense for Amazon to look there for its next wave of drone devs, given the talented engineering alumni that Cambridge produces. Amazon has spent the autumn recruiting for its Prime Air drone arm, looking in the UK for a Flight Operations Engineer, a Site Leader and a Senior Research Scientist.

With Amazon also unveiling its Echo voice-activated assistant, the company is also looking to recruit UK speech recognition specialists. As part of the Evi Technologies Cambridge-based speech start up it acquired two years ago, Amazon is looking to fill the roles of Quality Assurance Engineer, a Senior Technical Program manager and a number of software development positions too.

The Cambridge labs would be in addition to facilities already established in London and Edinburgh. [TechCrunch]