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Applied Scientist, Prime Air Navigation

Job ID: 2600401 | Services LLC


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How do you get items to customers quickly, cost-effectively, and—most importantly—safely, in less than an hour? And how do you do it in a way that can scale? Our teams of hundreds of scientists, engineers, aerospace professionals, and futurists have been working hard to do just that! We are delivering to customers, and are excited for what’s to come. Check out more information about Prime Air on the About Amazon blog (

If you are seeking an iterative environment where you can drive innovation, apply state-of-the-art technologies to solve real world delivery challenges, and provide benefits to customers, Prime Air is the place for you.

Come work on the Amazon Prime Air Team!

We are seeking a highly skilled Navigation Scientist to help develop advanced algorithms and software for our Prime Air delivery drone program. In this role, you will conduct comprehensive navigation analysis to support cross-functional decision-making, define system architecture and requirements, contribute to the development of flight algorithms, and actively identify innovative technological opportunities that will drive significant enhancements to meet our customers' evolving demands.

Export Control License: This position may require a deemed export control license for compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Placement is contingent on Amazon’s ability to apply for and obtain an export control license on your behalf.

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

Seattle, WA, USA


- PhD, or Master's degree and 4+ years of science, technology, engineering or related field experience
- Experience programming in Java, C++, Python or related language
- Experience implementing algorithms using both toolkits and self-developed code


- Experience in professional software development
- Experience in patents or publications at top-tier peer-reviewed conferences or journals
- Previous experience in the aerospace or signal processing industry.
- Expertise in filtering technologies, such as Kalman Filters.
- Proficiency in the simulation and analysis of GNSS raw measurements, including pseudorange and carrier phase.
- Familiarity with hardware/software integration and real-time operating systems.
- Track record of developing complex, mission-critical systems successfully delivered to customers.
- Experience in gathering requirements through effective communication with end users, business teams, and management.

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Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $136,000/year in our lowest geographic market up to $222,200/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.