San Francisco Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area, including offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Cupertino, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale, offers scientific research opportunities that span many Amazon businesses. These include Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Prime Video, Amazon Search, Amazon Ads, Amazon Go, and Amazon Music.
Scientists in the Palo Alto area contribute to features that are used by millions of customers around the world, including state-of-the-art algorithms and models that power 3D and augmented reality experiences.
Cupertino, along with nearby Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, offers research opportunities across Amazon’s business. For example, scientists on the Amazon Go team are pushing the state of the art in computer vision, machine learning, distributed systems and hardware design. Sunnyvale is also home to research and development subsidiary Amazon Lab126.
Research in the Bay Area spans a variety of disciplines, including automated reasoning, conversational AI, data science, data privacy, hardware design, machine learning, personalization and recommender systems, natural language generation, natural language understanding, networking, speech recognition, machine translation, graph neural networks, deep learning, time series forecasting, and computer vision, among others.
Working in San Francisco
Amazon provides scientists room to take risks and fail; a community for collaboration and support for continued learning; and the opportunity to have an impact at global scale. Scientists are encouraged to engage with the research community in many forms, from attending conferences and writing research papers, to contributing to open-source code, and public datasets.
The San Francisco Bay area is home to many of the world's leading technology companies which reside in the Silicon Valley in the South Bay Area. In addition to beautiful weather, opportunities for outdoor adventures, and any number of cultural activities, Napa Valley wine tasting, Yosemite National Park, and Santa Cruz beaches are just a drive away.
Palo Alto lies at the heart of Silicon Valley innovation, in close proximity to the prestigious Stanford University and Sand Hill Road. The area features the Stanford Shopping Center, the historic Stanford Theatre downtown, the Baylands Nature Preserve, and the Stanford Dish. Palo Alto is a beautiful gateway to the rest of the Bay Area – a train ride away from San Francisco, with the beaches of Half Moon Bay close by.
In the center of Silicon Valley, Cupertino lies on the cutting edge of tech innovation, along with San Jose and Sunnyvale. Expansive hiking areas like Rancho San Antonio and Fremont Older Open Space are ready for exploration in Cupertino, as well as beautiful wineries.
Our San Francisco Bay Area scientists collaborate with universities and other institutions around the globe. To see a summary of some of Amazon’s scientific collaborations, visit our academic collaborations page.
Amazon topped the 2023 list of the best workplaces to grow your career in the US. Visit our careers page to see all open science roles, both in the US and around the world.