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, and computer graphics (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
  • Mastery of C++ and one garbage collected language
  • Familiarity with 3D vector math (matrix and quaternion algebra, calculating intersections of geometric primitives, etc.)
  • You can quickly prototype an application and have sufficient knowledge about front-end frameworks, databases, and mobile platforms
  • Strong Research & Development experience
  • Team player with the ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Creative, resourceful, and innovative problem solver
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Experience with Linux and Amazon Web Services (desired)

Your Responsibilities

  • Driving and contributing to projects around various technological challenges (e.g. 3D scanning, soft body physics simulation, and computer graphics (AR, and VR))
  • Give vital impulses to the R&D team’s decision making process
  • Solve some of the most challenging technological challenges of our time while working in a team towards achieving a common goal as efficiently as possible
  • Identify and share your knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies, related scientific research, as well as related developments in the startup and open source scene
  • Contribute to  the architecture and coding best practices for the R&D team’s systems
  • 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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