R&D Engineer - Numerical Simulation

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 

  • PhD. in Mathematics or Physics
  • 5+ years experience with solvers for differential equations in a university environment
  • Experience with mathematical modelling of physics problems
  • Experience with finite element and/or finite difference methods
  • Experience with implementing mathematical models in C++
  • Desired: A network of contacts in the Berlin university mathematics scene

Your Responsibilities

  • Drive algorithmic optimization of our mechanical fabric simulator
  • Provide prototypical implementations​ of the latest research papers in mechanical fabric simulation and conduct your own research
  • Hand the prototypes over to R&D Engineers for computational optimization and parallelization and assist in turning them into production-ready code
  • Help the R&D Engineers understand the math behind the mechanical fabric simulator and related research publications
  • Be the primary contact person for our university partners


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!

If you have any questions about our hiring processes, please contact Alicja Notowska.

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