Senior Applied Scientist - Logistics Algorithms (W/M/D)

14 Sep 2020
23 Oct 2020
As a Senior Applied Scientist, you will conduct and guide algorithmic-research driven software development. Every week we distribute millions of articles in our logistic network to optimize the assortment availability and delivery times for our customers. Our system targets unifying several item distribution use cases (e.g. replenishment, returns and inner-warehouse storage) being optimized by a common algorithm for a multivariate objective. Our research pipeline (e.g. simulator and production A/B-testing) enables fast incremental improvements which together with the scale of our decisions sets us up for direct customer impact with short lead times.

  • Take the lead on research, design and implementation of algorithms to improve our algorithmic item distribution framework
  • Deliver end-to-end solutions and set the bar for the whole development cycle that includes research, prototyping, implementing production software, as well as testing and operating the highly available production system
  • Influence our research and development methodologies to foster a scalable and data-driven architecture
  • Think abstractly and discover correlations between problems, methodologies, and solutions

  • Master or PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics or another quantitative field together with at least two or more years of industry experience in algorithm-related software development in Java, Kotlin, or similar
  • Proficiency in the state-of-the-art methods in software design, architecture and distributed system, e.g. microservices and RESTful APIs
  • Applied knowledge of advanced algorithmic techniques (e.g. from combinatorics, graph theory) and mathematical optimization methods (e.g. from operations research), together with corresponding applied research experience
  • Ability to work, collaborate and communicate in an agile and cross-functional team with engineers, product owners and other applied scientists

  • 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 only 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.

Within Logistics Algorithms in Berlin you will work in a multi-disciplinary team of applied scientists and backend engineers. The teams build and operate high availability systems in the complex, fast changing and challenging environment of Zalando logistics. Using state-of-the-art software technologies, we trust you to build the future of our algorithmic core, tackling interconnected problems such as replenishment strategies, return distribution and inventory optimization.

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