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Data Scientist in Analytics for a Better World

Are you looking for a challenging job in a dynamic setting? The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is looking for a Data Scientist in “Analytics …

3 maanden geleden


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


Are you looking for a challenging job in a dynamic setting? The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is looking for a Data Scientist in “Analytics for a Better World”. The position is a part of the 2021 UvA Data Science Centre Accelerate Programme.

The Data Scientist will be part of the current Operations Management group at the Amsterdam Business School (ABS), Faculty of Economics and Business. This group is in transition towards Business Analytics, and most probably this will be the new name of the group. The focus of the group is on predictive (machine learning), descriptive (statistics) and prescriptive (optimization) analytics as well as the predictive process monitoring. Applications of interest for the group include supply chain analytics, urban analytics, healthcare analytics, regulatory and legal data analytics, and humanitarian analytics. This group is also heavily involved in the Minor Amsterdam Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (successfully running since September 2017), new bachelor program Business Analytics (starting on 1 September 2021) and the new master program Business Analytics (expected to start on 1 September 2022). The group has combined the research under “Analytics for a Better World (ABW)”, a new international initiative of the University of Amsterdam and the Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT) (Cambridge, USA). See also analyticsbw.org for more information.

In addition, the Data Scientist will spend one day a week working at the University of Amsterdam Data Science Centre (DSC), a newly launched initiative with the mission to enhance the university’s research by developing, sharing and applying data science methods and technologies.

What are you going to do?

The members of our group are involved in many different ABW projects. To increase impact of these projects, both societal and scientifically, we are looking for a Data Scientist.

Your tasks will be:

  • conducting research independently and in collaboration with the colleagues from the team, as well as the corporate, government and non-profit partners;
  • contributing scientifically to the grant acquisition;
  • contributing to the valorisation initiatives based on the output of different research projects;
  • developing prototype software for innovative both predictive and prescriptive analytics;
  • applying new methodology to different use cases;
  • helping consolidate datasets, software tools and libraries resulting from different projects;
  • data gathering and handling.


What do we require of you?

Your experience and profile:

  • a PhD in a relevant discipline, such as Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, Econometrics or Electrical Engineering;
  • experience with (or a strong affinity towards) business and business analytics applications in, for example, marketing, accounting or people analytics;
  • a solid publication record (in the field of PhD study), including top-tier international conferences and/or journals published by internationally recognized press;
  • excellent programming skills in, for example, Python, R, C++ or Java;
  • solid “data science toolkit” including the knowledge of, for example, applied machine learning, statistics, simulation and optimisation, information visualization, databases, knowledge engineering and high-performance computing;
  • demonstrated ability to promote outstanding and innovative research and foster research collaborations (with faculty, postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates);
  • demonstrated ability to obtain research funding in a competitive environment is a plus;
  • at least two years of postdoctoral, data scientist, scientific programmer or equivalent experience is a plus;
  • proficiency in English and a willingness to acquire passive knowledge of Dutch within two years.


Our offer

We offer a temporary contract for one year with an extension of one year. Upon finance and a positive evaluation, you will be offered a permanent contract after two years.

The gross monthly salary based on full-time employment (38 hours per week) ranges from €3,746 up to a maximum of €5,127 (salary scale 11). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The starting salary will be based on qualifications, expertise and relevant experience. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer

  • a function in which your own initiative and input is strongly valued;
  • an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues;
  • an inspiring academic and international work environment at the center of Amsterdam.

Additional information

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