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Amazon Principal Research Scientist, Special Projects in Boston, Massachusetts


Innovators wanted! Are you an entrepreneur? A builder? A dreamer? This role is part of an Amazon Special Projects team that takes the company’s Think Big leadership principle to the extreme. We focus on creating entirely new products and services with a goal of positively impacting the lives of our customers. No industries or subject areas are out of bounds. If you’re interested in innovating at scale to address big challenges in the world, this is the team for you.

As a Principal Research Scientist, you will be working with a unique and gifted team developing exciting products for customers, and collaborating with cross-functional teams. Our team is fast-paced, highly collaborative and is organized like a startup. This is role is a key leader in the organization and sets the vision and strategy for Development.

Here at Amazon, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have thirteen employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We are constantly learning through programs that are local, regional, and global. Amazon’s culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 16 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

Our team highly values work-life balance, mentorship and career growth. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects and offer training that will challenge you to become your best.

Key job responsibilities

• Establish and execute the development strategy in full compliance with sound practice, as well as current guidelines, regulations, and company procedures.

• Provide development representation and content in key governance meetings and management reviews.

• Lead interactions with government regulatory bodies

• Identify and hire key talent

• Interact, as appropriate, with third‐party organizations, other partners, and government officials as needed.

About the team

We are a diverse team of doers from different fields, building a potentially revolutionary product within an interdisciplinary field.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Boston, MA, USA

Basic Qualifications

  • 10+ years of research/development experience with increasing responsibility

  • Experience working within a government-regulated industry

  • MD degree

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience building a new function from the ground up

  • Experience working in a start-up environment

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit