That's probably a good idea, because Google Home — the equivalent product from the Alphabet company — already knows Australian English, so Amazon would start from a bad position if it started selling Echo here without a similar capability.
Amazon Echo uses the company's Alexa voice technology.
According to the job ad, "This role focuses on speech and language data, primarily in the areas of transcription, text annotation, and general data analysis deliverables."
In addition to being a linguist, applicants must have worked as a transcriber or annotator, preferably using the X-SAMPA system for phonemic transcription.
The job is based in the Boston area. You could be forgiven for thinking it would make more sense to use someone living in Australia and therefore in close touch with changes in the way we speak
Amazon currently has offices in Boston's Back Bay district, as well as in the Kendall Square area of neighbouring Cambridge. The company recently announced that its new offices in the Fort Point neighbourhood — expected to open next northern spring — will be occupied partly by employees working on voice technology.