Senior Research Engineer, NLP / Search (w/m/d)

Zalando (BE Berlin Berlin Germany BE, België) 3 dagen geleden gepost

As a Senior Research Engineer you will work in a cross-functional team to improve Zalando’s Full Text Search. You will apply information retrieval algorithms and the latest developments in machine learning to deliver relevant search results to our 34 million monthly active users entering 10 million unique full text queries per month.

Your opportunity includes:

  • Interesting industry challenges in search (understanding human language and intent) as well as in fashion where influences like trends, fit or personal taste matter.
  • Having access to powerful hardware, a professional ML environment (ML training platform, models in production, existing facilities for offline evaluation and A/B-testing), and more than enough historical training data to make an impact.
  • Learning and growth opportunities: a ML community, collaboration with Zalando’s research and NLP center of excellence, book clubs, company-hosted tech meetups, and the possibility of visiting conferences.


  • Keep up to date with the state of the art in information retrieval, natural language processing and deep learning.
  • Build our query understanding and retrieval machine learning models and pipelines to create fantastic customer experiences.
  • Make a positive impact on our scientific culture, encouraging knowledge sharing, and driving technical discussions within the team.
  • Dive deep into the latest search developments. Challenge the status quo by being eager to discuss your thoughts with the professional community.


  • Ph.D or MSc and previous working experience in a hands-on role (>2 years)
  • Applied and theoretical experience in state-of-the-art information retrieval as well as natural language processing
  • Experience programming in Python and an interest or experience in rolling out ML-based models in high-traffic production environments
  • Curiosity for difficult challenges, combined with a hands-on attitude that values to generate and explore ideas fast


Our recipe to success: Think big and act fast. Your contribution today will influence millions of customers tomorrow. At Zalando, you have the opportunity to work for a fast growing international company that wants to offer the world’s best fashion experience. Obviously, we offer you much more:

  • An exceptional opportunity to build a next generation Fashion Search Engine
  • Use of cutting-edge open source technologies and cloud services
  • Learning and growth opportunities: weekly tech talks, team internal book clubs, a machine learning program, company-hosted tech meetups, possibility of visiting conferences and the chance of digging your nose deep into the latest search advancements
  • Lots of data as well as powerful hardware to train and serve retrieval models
  • Employee discount for all Zalando shop products


  • 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, PME family service and parent & child rooms* (*available in select locations)

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.

Please note that all the applications must be completed using the online form - we do not accept applications via e-mail.

Senior Research Engineer, NLP / Search (w/m/d)

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