Principal Applied Science - AI/ML/DL Research (all genders)

26 Nov 2021
17 Aug 2022
As a Principal Applied Scientist working on AI research in the Size and Fit organization you will execute on bold research experiments, help to drive our scientific roadmap, and work with science leaders and exceptional scientists to create AI driven solutions with today's most exciting approaches from Deep Learning, Computer Vision, NLP, Reinforcement Learning, and Bayesian Inference for the good of customers. You will be creating solutions for highly challenging and impactful customer problems within the size and fit domain for millions of Zalando customers.

We are looking for an experienced practitioner and a thought leader with excellent scientific and technical expertise, solid oral and written communication skills, and a demonstrated passion for fast-paced research and production environments, solving hard problems and advancing the state-of-the-art.
At Zalando, our vision is to be the Starting Point for Fashion - one that is inclusive by design. We only assess candidates based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. We welcome applications from people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, personal expressions, racial identities, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and disability statuses. We only want to know why you’re great for this role, so please avoid including your picture, age, and marital status in your CV as well.

We want to provide you with a great candidate experience. Please feel free to inform us of any accommodations you may need, so we can best support and assist you throughout the hiring process.

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  • Act as a thought leader in Applied Science and AI research raising the scientific bar across your team and Zalando through engaging in rigorous peer reviews, and internal and external publications in top-tier international conferences
  • Work closely with science leaders, engineering, product & business experts to incorporate their expertise into your data science experimentations and bring our state-of-the-art solutions to customers
  • Drive acquisition and experimentation with new data sources as needed with high potential for impact and governance on data quality and availability
  • Empower the team to stay up-to-date with the latest research in computer vision, machine learning, deep learning and AI. Provide egoless and constructive scientific feedback to peers. Coach senior and junior colleagues to excel at their work
  • Ph.D. or Masters in Data Science / Machine Learning / Deep Learning / Computer Science or a relevant quantitative field (Ph.D. preferred)
  • 5+ years of industry or academic experience leveraging AI and complex data from varying sources to solve difficult problems
  • Excellent oral and writing communication skills. Solid publication track record in major conferences and journals
  • Extensive hands-on experience in tackling real world challenging problems using machine learning and deep learning on large scale projects, ideally from the problem definition, data selection, literature screening and experimentation to their production deployment, monitoring and maintenance
  • Experience developing mid- and long-term research roadmaps and applying the scientific method to tackle research problems. Demonstrated ability to couch and support other scientists
  • Expert in Python (and packages like numpy, scipy, pandas),TensorFlow (keras, slim), Caffe2, Pytorch. Hands-on experience with Docker, Git, AWS EC2, S3, Postgresql, or other RDBMS. Nice to have: Stan, PyMC, DataBricks
Career Development
  • We offer peer-to-peer performance reviews twice a year
  • Learn and develop through our extensive Zalando training platform
  • Join regular all-hands, team meetings, Q&A-sessions, and quarterly anonymous employee surveys to ask your questions and provide your feedback
  • Support from an international team of experts; mentoring and professional development opportunities

  • 2 days paid leave per year for volunteering
  • Minimum of 27 holiday days per calendar year
  • Online sports courses, wellbeing, and nutrition advice offered by Humanoo personal wellbeing coach app
  • Mental wellbeing support by our Employee Assistance Program and professional consultants to help you find health resources

  • Flexible working hours
  • Relocation assistance available - subject to prior agreement
  • Home office equipment available for hybrid working, to support you working from home
  • Hybrid working model with 60% remote per week
  • Opportunity to work from abroad for 30 (working) days per calendar year

  • Access to the employee shares program
  • 40% shopping discount on products shipped and sold by Zalando, and 30% discount on Zalando Lounge
  • Discounts from a wide range of external partners

  • Employee parents’ forums and employee resource group
  • Supported transition into and out of parental leave, with a buddy and re-onboarding plan
  • 3 fully-paid child sick days per year
  • Free counseling, assistance, and referral service for all matters concerning yourself and your family via the Fürstenberg Institute
It’s the perfect time to join Zalando on our journey, from being a pioneer in the world of e-commerce, to the Starting Point for fashion in Europe. We connect customers, brands, and partners across 23 markets.

Help us drive digital and sustainable solutions for fashion, logistics, advertising and research, bringing head-to-toe fashion to almost 49 million active customers through a team of diverse skill-sets, cultural backgrounds, and interests.

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At Zalando we deeply understand that Size and Fit Matters, and are excited to use our unique and huge article and customer datasets to tackle this challenge using novel ML techniques. How about you; would you like to bring in your skills to shape a great experience for your family and friends when buying clothes and shoes online?

You will join our multi-disciplinary Berlin based Size and Fit Org., composed of Machine Learning / Deep Learning researchers, engineers, and full stack developers from 20 different nationalities. We provide recommendations and predictions on customer size and fit choices, and conduct focused experiments using emerging technologies to solve the challenges.

Working side by side with other Product Specialists and Fitting Experts you will take on this complex and important topic. Your mission is to assist customers as they navigate the vast Zalando fashion catalog using fit characteristics that make sense to them.

We have great problems to solve, a huge customer base to impact and are a team that loves to have fun. Size and Fit is a human topic. We use machines to help solve our customers’ challenges. But we never forget - size and fit success is defined by how customers feel when they wear fashion.

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