Senior/Lead Engineering Manager – Data Science / ML (m/f/d)

This is a full-time position based in Germany. Our headquarters are in Berlin and we support a hybrid home office/in person approach to work.

The web was created by scientists and for scientists, to foster scientific collaboration and drive progress for a better world. Join our team to take the web back to its roots and achieve that original mission.

We’re a team of passionate optimists from around the world and from many different backgrounds. Together, we focus on changing the way scientists communicate for the better.

We connect the world of science and make research open to all.

Objective of the Role

Empower the data science team to build the future of science

At ResearchGate your work will help over 20 million scientists and researchers solve global challenges. Whether studying the first moments of our universe, developing innovative cancer treatments or tackling global warming, our users are making a real difference.

Data and ML models are at the core of everything we are doing – for example when we recommend relevant content to scientists, connect them with other relevant people in their area or with other parts of the scientific ecosystem. We operate on a Petabyte scale – our research graph consists of 20mn+ users, 150+ mn publications, 1.5+ bn citations. Data and models heavily shape the experience of scientists on our platform.

As an Engineering Manager for Data Science/ML, you will enable your team to build ML models that power a great user experience for our users and customers. You will motivate and enable your team to work on challenging data science and ML engineering problems. You will shape the vision collaboratively with other engineering and data leaders and teams. You will own the roadmap to improve the way we work with data and ML in different areas of the company.

Most importantly, you and your team will make an impact for 20+ million scientists around the world, who themselves have an impact on 8 billion peoples’ lives via their research.

Your Role

  • Lead a team of 2-3 data scientists (who are embedded in cross-functional product teams) and a team of 1-2 data scientists and 1-2 data engineers who work on building a recommendation and search platform and related applications
  • Provide a vision to your team that set ambitious and measurable goals in line with company goals and define the strategy to reach these goals
  • Take ownership for your team’s satisfaction, motivation, and retention
  • Guide your direct reports’ functional development by creating development opportunities, mentoring plans and by providing timely and actionable feedback
  • Create a high performance and positive work environment based on transparency, accountability, and trust
  • Closely collaborate with engineering teams to ensure our data platform and ML operations tooling supports data scientists in the best way
  • Constantly refine and improve your team’s internal and collaborative processes to ensure the most efficient delivery of high value work
  • Build a high-performing diverse team by hiring and onboarding new colleagues
  • Work with Product Managers and Technical Product Managers to ensure ML is used in the best possible way to serve the product and business
  • Evangelize the organization in the area of data science and ML

Your Experience

  • 5+ years of experience in data science or ML engineering role
  • 3+ years of experience as a people manager
  • Strong proficiency with Python and SQL
  • Strong analytical thinking
  • Strong understanding of the statistical foundations of Machine Learning
  • Excellent communication and prioritization skills
  • Ability to translate business requirements into ML models

Your Profile

  • You enjoy to empower and train others and see them grow
  • You have a people-centric and analytical approach towards achieving great outcomes
  • You are a passionate leader and inspire others by showing thought leadership
  • You enjoy getting hands-on when necessary
  • You are passionate about data technology and employing it in ways that serve the product and business
  • You understand our mission and want to help us achieve it


You’ll be working in a dynamic company culture with the chance to individually shape your professional development and growth. Enjoy an energetic and international team who are passionate about changing science for the better.

Our hiring process is uncomplicated. You will be interviewed by the people you will be working with, pair-program with us and quickly find the role that suits you best to start making an impact.

ResearchGate is a professional network for scientists and researchers. It started when two researchers discovered first-hand that collaborating with a friend or colleague on the other side of the world was no easy task. Founded in 2008 by physicians Dr. Ijad Madisch and Dr. Sören Hofmayer, and computer scientist Horst Fickenscher, ResearchGate today has more than 15 million members. Our international team of 300 people is based in the vibrant start-up capital Berlin. ResearchGate's mission is to connect the world of science and make research open to all.