Research Engineer

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  • Research, design and implement algorithms to improve our optimization engines
  • Write code that your peers praise for its elegance and readability
  • Communicate effectively with our engineering and data science teams and use agile processes
  • Be accountable for all aspects of your work, from research and analysis to testing and deployment
  • Play a critical role on the team as a creative research engineer working on key results
  • Understand and communicate effectively with internal business customers, partners, and stakeholders
  • Think abstractly and discover correlations between problems, methodologies, and solutions.
  • Implement possible solutions, evaluate outcomes, and update research direction according to business goals and constraints
  • Follow a feature through its entire lifetime from problem formulation to solution delivery


  • A degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics or other similar quantitative field (Ph.D., M.Sc.)
  • At least three years of professional/academic programming experience in an object-oriented language or Scala
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and a demonstrated ability to find creative solutions to algorithmic problems
  • Knowledge of graph theory, combinatorics and optimization methods
  • Experience in mathematical or algorithmic research
  • Willingness to work with microservice architecture, distributed systems and RESTful APIs
  • Knowledge of current trends in software design, architecture and web services
  • Effective communication skills and ability to understand business requirements
  • Deep skepticism of—plus the ability to identify and debunk—buzzword mumbo jumbo, false assumptions and analysis
  • Fluent English
  • Preferred: Experience with building and/or running large-scale applications
  • Preferred: Demonstrated expertise and desire to work hands-on in analyzing and modeling large data sets


  • Competitive salary, 40% Zalando shopping discount, discounts from external partners, public transport discounts, relocation assistance for internationals, free drinks and fruits, hardware of your choice.
  • Tour of Mastery, extensive onboarding, personal branding support, opportunity to attend and speak at data science conferences and meetups, and encouragement to publish work.
  • Tech culture of trust and empowerment, open source commitment, meetups, game nights, +100 internal technical and fun guilds, tech talks, product demos, Coderdojos, parties and events.
  • Self-organized, autonomous teams and flexible working hours.
  • Unparalleled levels of data and opportunities.

Job description

Zalando Technology is one of the most collaborative places you can imagine. Partnerships happen with all key engineering and product teams, the Zalando Research unit, and with the international tech community outside of Zalando. We are looking for research engineers to work on a broad set of real-world practical problems of massive scale that will have a direct and significant business impact.
As a research engineer at Zalando, you will conduct algorithmic research, plus design and build the optimization engines for all logistics operations. Your solutions will save millions of Euros and improve customer experience with faster package deliveries. You will have the freedom to challenge our status quo and help us define best practices for how we work.
Please note that this role requires you to be based in our Berlin office. We welcome applicants from all over the world and will provide visa sponsorship for the right candidate.

The company

The Location

Berlin, Germany

Moving to Germany

If you hold the passport of a visa-free country, you can start working in Germany within 14-60 working days. If you need a visa to enter Germany, the visa processing time will be added to that.