Machine Learning Researcher

Permanent employee, Full-time · Amsterdam


Games are the ideal environment for applying advanced Machine Learning techniques. Our team of R&D seeks to bring together AI Researchers, Software Engineers and specialists in various disciplines to create novel AI solutions. As such, our overall goal is to explore, experiment, and create new technologies, tools, pipelines, and gameplay to make better games and its development faster and cheaper.

As a ML Researcher, you will be working to incorporate cutting edge technology into a brand-new engine designed to power large-scale simulations. As part of the Melba R&D Team, you will be joining a team of other developers and researchers approaching problems from new angles and experimenting with novel solutions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Exploring and developing new Machine Learning models and techniques.
  • Constantly reviewing relevant Machine Learning literature to identify emerging methods or technologies and current best practices.
  • Introduces creative approaches to research topics and generates new approaches, perspectives and solutions to research topics.
  • Defining and executing research projects.
  • Working closely with games developers to design, develop and incorporate AI solutions into their production.
  •  An MS or PhD in a field related to Machine Learning such as: Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics or Physics.
  • Significant doctoral or post-doctoral research experience or 5 or more years of work experience.
  • Passion about AI research and technology.
  • Solid background in statistical methods for Machine Learning.
  • Strong familiarity with Deep Learning techniques and their various network architectures (CNNs, GANs, RNNs, etc.). 
  • Strong coding abilities in: Python or C/C++.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Comfortable working in areas where learning and adaptability are key skills.
  • At times, the ability to lead and rally stakeholders and team members.
  • Experience in a leadership role.
  • Excellent practical knowledge of Atlassian software development and collaboration tools.
  • AAA / console game development experience.
  • Experience working in diverse, multinational teams.
  • Experience developing with Unity.
  • Competence with MS Office on a user level.
Amsterdam or Remote within ​similar time-zone.
About us
At PLAYERUNKNOWN Productions we believe in a flexible work environment driven by honesty and transparency, empowering both developers and researchers to build the tools that can form the foundation of a new generation of interactive worlds. We are a passionate team of committed individuals from all over the world, working towards building the kind of experience that is only now becoming possible. We believe that the longstanding dream of a massive, immersive world where players are free to do whatever they want is closer than ever before, and we believe that we can make it happen.

PLAYERUNKNOWN Productions is an independent development studio based in Amsterdam, focused on creating massive sandbox worlds. Our multi-disciplinary team is using an array of new and emerging technologies to push the envelope of what is possible with open worlds in gaming. Our goal is to build deep, systemic playgrounds on a planetary scale, populated by thousands of players.

MELBA Team is PLAYERUNKNOWN Productions’ applied research division. Project Melba is a new simulation engine being built from the ground up, utilizing data-driven design, multi-core processing and machine learning at its foundation in order to power virtual worlds on a scale beyond the capabilities of current technology.


Building a world
Join our group of talented and passionate people from all over the world working towards building the future of gaming. 

Going Dutch
We go by the Dutch law and start with a 12-month contract with the intent to offer a permanent contract afterwards. 

Relocation funds
If you are not living in the Netherlands yet, we will support, you and your close ones during the relocation process.

Convenient location & commuting allowance
Our centrally located office is easy to get to from any part of the Netherlands, and we will reimburse you for train or bike commute. 

Comprehensive benefits
We provide a contribution to your health insurance and pension as well as a work from home allowance - we got you covered! 

Flexible Schedule
Once it is safe to do so, you are free to work and hang out with us every day in our Amsterdam Studio. If you prefer to work from home, you can take advantage of two work-from-home days a week.

All you can eat
No need to worry about drinks, snacks, and lunch, all of which we provide in our studio. Burger Fridays in our canteen come highly recommended but you will also find a lot of vegetarian options!

You will have 25 days off and 3 extra studio days off throughout the year. You can also celebrate your birthday with an extra day off! 


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