R&D Engineer

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Berlin


  • Full-Time
  • Professional Level


  • Zalando SE

The Opportunity


Zalando’s mission is to become the world’s leading platform for connecting fashion with people. This goal requires a massive expansion of our business functions. We will serve a wider range of customers in different ways, build new technologies to support our platform architecture and continue to innovate as we expand.

Zalando’s Innovation R&D Team focuses on strategic technical research supporting Zalando’s product vision. Research areas include 3D scanning, soft body physics simulation, photorealistic computer graphics, as well as  AR and VR. The small team consists of multi-focused computer scientists and researchers.

What We’re Looking For 

  • Ph.D./M.S. in Computer Science, Mathematics or related engineering field
  • 4+ years of relevant industry or academic experience
  • Experience with working at a research institution, ideally with industry partners
  • Willingness to spend several days a week at our research partner institution in Berlin and the remaining days at our Berlin offices
  • Advanced knowledge of C++
  • Communicative personality with strong communication skills in English
  • Team player with the ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Creative, resourceful, and innovative problem solver

Experience in any of the following fields is desirable

  • Experience with surface or volumetric 3d scanning (photogrammetry, laser scanning, computer tomography / x-ray scanning), as well as processing of scan data (segmentation, 3d reconstruction, remeshing, etc.)
  • OR Experience with photorealistic computer graphics (physically based rendering, sample based BRDFs, etc.)
  • OR Numerical simulation of deformable bodies with contact constraints

Please point out in your cover letter how your experience relates to the fields above.

Your Responsibilities

  • Help researchers find solutions and build prototypes for small problem clusters and integrate the solution into the overall system
  • Conduct your own research and find ways to better achieve our project goals
  • Represent Zalando at conferences and meetups, give technical talks and help to recruit great technical talent

What You Can Expect From Us

Community. 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.

Perks. 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.

Development. Tour of Mastery, extensive onboarding, personal branding support, opportunity to attend and speak at conferences and meetups, and encouragement to publish work.

Work Environment. Self-organized,  autonomous teams and flexible working hours.

Scale. Unparalleled levels of data and opportunities.


About Zalando

Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform, doing business in 15 markets. Delivering first-class shopping experiences to our +15 million customers requires moving fast — with microservices, Agile processes & autonomous teams —  and using cutting edge, open source technologies. We are passionate about what we do and have fun while doing it. And we are willing to experiment and make mistakes: It’s how we grow.

Want to join us? Then go ahead and apply!

Please make sure your application is written in English. If you have any questions about our hiring processes, please contact Alicja Notowska.

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