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Data Engineer for Ecological and Environmental Research

Are you interested in applying your scientific programming and data science skills and collaborating with diverse teams of scientists to understand how …

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 38 uur
€ 3746 - € 5127 per maand


Are you interested in applying your scientific programming and data science skills and collaborating with diverse teams of scientists to understand how animals interact with their environments and how ecological systems function? Then this job opening is the opportunity you have been waiting for.

At the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics we aim to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity and how they change due to natural processes and human activities. We combine expertise in biology, ecology, evolution, earth and environmental sciences to understand the drivers of biodiversity change and of the functioning of geo-ecosystems, and how these are impacted by human activities. Integrating expertise in data management and stewardship, data integration, informatics and high performance computing is increasingly important in the natural sciences and even a prerequisite to be recognized as a world leading research institute. Therefore IBED has established a computational support staff to support computational approaches within the institute. The Computational support team now consists of five members covering data management & database development, geoinformatics, bioinformatics, high performance computing and hardware and software support.

To further develop the computational support team, IBED is now hiring is now hiring a data engineer/data scientist working at an advanced level to contribute directly to our research, focusing on designing and implementing data analysis pipelines. The data engineer/scientist would serve the entire institute and will also work 1 day a week at the newly established Data Science Center, (DSC). The DSC mission is to enhance the university’s research and education by developing, sharing and applying data science methods and technologies. As a coordinating hub within the UvA Library, the centre is uniquely positioned to facilitate knowledge exchange as well as the training of skills related to digital and data-driven research and thus contributes to the innovation, diffusion and cross pollination of data science across the university. As a member of the DSC you'll will engage with data scientists, engineers, and researchers from across the university in a unique network. Furthermore, the candidate could establish connections with the ICT support staff at the faculty and university level, SURF and the Netherlands e-science center.

What are you going to do?

You will work as part of a team on different scientific projects, where your responsibility will be designing, implementing, or improving tools to process and analyse complex data sets. Most important is that you write clean, documented, and reusable code. The projects you work on will vary in scope ranging from: optimizing existing code/tools, merging data processing/analyses steps to create robust data analysis pipelines, and developing and implementing new data analysis techniques using statistical and machine learning methods. Because of the diverse nature of your projects, it is important that you have the ability to quickly learn and implement new statistical/machine learning methods.


What do we require of you?

  • MSc in data science, informatics or other relevant field.
  • Strong scientific coding abilities (preferably in R and Python).
  • Ability to write robust, reusable code.
  • Strong foundations in statistical modelling.
  • Experience in implementing machine learning methods for data analysis (e.g. from data to classification.
  • Interest in ecology.
  • Ability to collaborate in a scientific environment.
  • Fluent in English and preferably Dutch (or willing to learn).


Our offer

A temporary contract for 32-38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 November 2021, for the duration of 12 months. Upon satisfactory evaluation the contract will be extended to a total duration of four years.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €3,746 to €5,127 gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

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