Data Scientist / Artificial Intelligence Researcher

Publication dateSep 26, 2022
FieldData Science & Machine Learning, Research & Development
LocationWageningen, Gelderland
Employment32-36 hours

Translating your in-depth data science and AI knowledge into research projects, you can have impact on our sustainable mission: ‘Better Ships, Blue Oceans’. Join our team!

Who will be your colleagues?
You will join our growing Data science team, which is part of the Research & Development department. The total R&D department consists of around 50 researchers and software engineers. As datascience team we conduct research, develop and maintain data driven methods for maritime operations. Datascience and Artificial Intelligence are identified as key technologies in the MARIN strategy for the future. The datascience programme is part of the R&D technology plan and consists of four sub-programmes: bringing cutting-edge machine learning methods to the maritime domain; data-driven autonomous decision making or decision support, e.g. reinforcement learning; combining first-principles methods with data-driven methods; addressing robustness and explainability of data-driven methods.

What are you going to do?
As a datascientist and researcher, you will interact with other MARIN departments to explore future data driven solutions and initiate relevant research projects to fulfill the ambitions of our data science programme. Of course you will conduct research yourself, in collaboration with your colleagues, internal and external stakeholders. Part of your tasks will be defining requirements to scale up our proven research set-ups for the development of future data pipelines. Our own data sources originate from model scale basin experiments, on-board measurements, simulator studies and output from time domain simulations and CFD-computations.
Furthermore you will be involved in the development of MARIN DS/AI packages coded in Python, more specific development of code for research purposes and the anticipation on the future deployment and maintenance of this code. Together with the team you will take care of internal software package releases for the MARIN DS/AI applications, giving internal advice about the deployment and proper use of these packages.

What do we offer?
  • A stimulating environment which will allow you to develop while maintaining the freedom to choose your own path.
  • An attractive salary and benefits package, including our annual profit sharing and excellent pension scheme.  
  • Lifecycle allowance of 5,55% of your gross monthly salary.
  • 29 vacation days (fulltime) + 5 scheduled days between Christmas and New Year.
  • Plenty of opportunities for your professional development and career advancement.
  • Development through training courses, further education and coaching.
  • Flexibility in working hours and a hybrid working arrangement, to support your work-life balance.
Who are we looking for?
A colleague with a PhD degree and background in data science, computer science, mathematics or equivalent and a strong affinity with physics and system architectures. You have fundamental knowledge and expertise on AI algorithms and statistics. Your strong professional network in the field of DS/AI will strengthen us in fulfilling our ambitions. You are familiar with data acquisition, data exploration, data cleaning, training, validation, prediction and presenting your research results in a clear and open manner. In addition to coding skills in Python, ideally you also have experience with one or more of the following topics: database systems, distributed computing and Linux. Initiating new ideas comes naturally to you and you have a keen eye for relevant developments in the field of data science. You should also have a good command of the English language and be willing to learn Dutch if it is not your native language.

Who are we?
MARIN is a globally recognized top institute in maritime research, based in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Our mission is ‘Better Ships, Blue Oceans’: we stand for clean, smart and safe shipping and sustainable use of the sea. We do this as an independent knowledge partner for the maritime sector, governments and society. We work with around 400 specialists in various fields who are proud of an open and collaborative culture in which you can explore your ideas and take initiative.

If you have any questions, please contact Eelco Frickel, Teamleader Data Science +31 (0) 6 39 27 85 93,

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