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Machine Learning Researcher
  • Python
  • Machine Learning
  • Excel
  • Deep Learning
  • Bayesian
Coles Careers
Hawthorn East VIC
140 days ago

About Us

Coles is one of Australia’s iconic retailers with over 2,500 retail outlets, around 115,000 team members and a top 30 listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). We provide a range of fresh food, groceries, general merchandise, liquor and fuel to millions of customers every week.

We have continued to deliver with pride for over 100 years by energising and supporting our team members, suppliers, and the broader community. This is driven by our purpose of making life easier for our customers and teams.

The Digital team is focused on reinventing and transforming the shopping experience to best suit our customers' needs and making their lives easier. We look ahead to continuously assess how we can apply the latest technologies in innovative ways to constantly improve the shopping experience. We drive evolutionary architecture, technical innovation and data driven decisions to implement our strategy. We pride ourselves on being a creative and forward-thinking group, focused on building the next generation of digital retailing.

The Team

The Disruptive Technology team investigate Coles’ most complex retail problems, using applied R&D, directed experimentation, and innovation trials.

Operating out of LAB288, our purpose-built engineering and fabrication laboratory, we focus on GPU accelerated machine learning, computer vision, mechatronics, large scale IoT solutions and robotics.

Our agile team combines the best of working like a start-up, with the strength, reach, and scale within one of Australia’s most trusted and established companies.

Join us and help reshape the face of Australian retailing through technology innovation.

We’re looking for someone to:

  • Set and lead the strategy for machine learning and computer vision in Coles
  • Develop and train models using MLOps best practices
  • Optimize model performance for real time applications

The role

This is a role for those seeking constant challenges, keen to learn, able to keep up with the fast pace set by the Coles Group and have a passion for tech disruption.

We are looking for a creative technologist with the ability to work as part of a team, focus on delivery and strategy and someone who enjoys solving business problems using technology.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • A keen interest and knowledge of emerging technology trends & directions, as well as awareness of the associated risk and issues
  • High standard of Python/C/C++ programming
  • Robust coding ability
  • Knowledge in the following fields: Deep learning (CNNs, RNNs, LSTMs, GANs)
  • Traditional machine learning (RDFs, SVMs, HOG, Gradient Boosting)
  • Applied mathematics (Bayesian statistics, vector calculus)
  • One of the following: A PhD or Masters degree with a background in mathematics or computer science
  • Experience with image classification and object detection algorithms
  • 2+ years of practical experience in the fields mentioned above
  • Evidence of independently developed resources e.g. network architectures, is desirable
  • Experience with TensorFlow and PyTorch desirable


Our commitment of making good things happen at Coles starts with our people. It is important for us to celebrate our wins and develop our people. In addition to a competitive salary, the other good things include:

  • Receiving a team member discount and exclusive team member offers;
  • Sampling new products and flavours before they hit the shelves;
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave for primary care givers and 1 week of paid leave for secondary care givers;
  • Access to an onsite childcare School Holiday Program;
  • Access to a Fitness Centre and Body Therapy Clinic; and
  • Being part of a fun and inclusive culture where you can learn and develop your skills through our excellent ongoing training and development


At Coles, we are all about our people. As a top-30 ASX listed company, we are a dynamic, empowering and collaborative organisation that is focused on ensuring a positive, inclusive work environment for all team members. We believe in energising everyone by having you become part of a more purposeful work life. At Coles, we believe we are better together when team members can perform at their best and will support you in bringing your best self every day. So, how will you make good things happen at Coles?


At Coles, we know we are at our best when our team is representative of the communities we serve and are proud of our commitment to providing supportive work environments for all team members. We actively encourage applications from all candidates, including the LGBTI community, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with disabilities.

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