Senior Research Engineer - Emerging Businesses

Zalando SE


DepartmentEmerging Businesses
Reports to: Engineering Lead
Team Size: <10
Recruiter: William Scharf,

As a Senior Research Engineer, you will conduct research, and design and build algorithms for optimizing the e-commerce experience as well as contributing to image recognition solutions for a brand new emerging business at Zalando. Your involvement will have a real impact on the way that consumers experience and participate in the fashion ecosystem


  • Work closely with Product to define the features and functionalities that should be tackled including topics such as Algorithm Optimization and Image Recognition
  • Work with other Research Engineers, Data Scientists and Product Analysts within Helsinki to build the local Research Community.
  • Initiate impactful projects and create innovative technical concepts to solve challenging problems
  • Work in different “modes”: start out with an idea, explore and evaluate it (“research mode”) for some weeks, and then once they have proven the merit of the idea, go into “engineering mode” to implement your idea in production


  • PhD or MSc (or comparative experience) in Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics or other similar quantitative fields
  • Deep understanding of statistical / machine learning methods, applied in a commercial context
  • Skills to query, analyze, and cluster data, and set up monitoring and data quality assurance
  • Experience with bringing machine learning models into production, and fluency in languages such as Python, Scala or R


  • Culture of trust, empowerment and constructive feedback, open source commitment, meetups, game nights, 70+ internal technical and fun guilds, knowledge sharing through tech talks, internal tech academy and blogs, product demos, parties & events
  • Competitive salary, employee share shop, 40% Zalando shopping discount, discounts from external partners, centrally located offices, public transport discounts, municipality services, great IT equipment, flexible working times, additional holidays and volunteering time off, free beverages and fruits, diverse sports and health offerings
  • Extensive onboarding, mentoring and personal development opportunities and an international team of experts
  • Relocation assistance for internationals

We celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.


Zalando is Europe’s leading online platform for fashion, connecting customers, brands and partners across 17 markets. We drive digital solutions for fashion, logistics, advertising and research, bringing head-to-toe fashion to more than 23 million active customers through diverse skill-sets, interests and languages our teams choose to use.

Zalando Research is an incubator for scientific experimentation and innovation, collaborating with industry partners and the greater academic community. With an emphasis on Machine Learning and AI, our research is derived from the daily challenges we face at Zalando Tech, putting the customer at the forefront of our thinking.

Job Facts





Job Category

Technology & UX/UI Design

Experience Level

Professional Level


Zalando SE



Owen Peter Murray

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