2 Data Scientists for the Behavioural Data Science Incubator

University Twente is looking for a 2 Data Scientists for the Behavioural Data Science Incubator.

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The Behavioural Data Science Incubator (BDSI) is a hub of researchers in data science in the BMS faculty. The aim of this incubator is to spark innovation and collaboration in data science that involves human behaviour: to accelerate and inspire data-driven research that uses statistical models, machine learning or simulation techniques. BDSI is closely connected to the BMS lab, that facilitates a high-tech environment for social sciences including VR, new sensor technologies, knowledge in data processing, visualizations, and outcome measures. We are looking for two data scientists to further our innovative research topics. Do you like working in a dynamic team environment? Are you self-started, organised and result-oriented? Then read on!


The University of Twente is a university that stands for high tech, human touch. It is a university of entrepreneurship and technological innovation. At the same time, we acknowledge that problems and challenges in society are typically human, socially and institutionally driven.

A social sciences faculty within a technological environment allows for unique opportunities in this landscape. At the BMS faculty (Behavioural, Management and Social sciences), technology meets life: we aim to set the agenda for education and research related to the current and future role of science and technology in our society. The BMS Lab and the Incubator fit seamlessly in this setting. We aim to be an outstanding behaviour and social sciences facility. We connect researchers and students by being a catalyser for high standing and innovative research and education, with advanced data-analytic techniques and visualizations. BMS Lab and BDSI form the focal point where high tech and human touch meet. We offer high-quality infrastructure, services and resources, and aim to enable innovation in education and research. Currently, we are strengthening our team with 2 data scientists that will support innovative data-analytic research.

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You are able to successfully support and advise researchers and students regarding data science at BMS. Your excellent computing skills come either from a degree in computer science or are acquired with a background in the social sciences. You are well-versed in big data analytics and data mining with R and Python and have statistical knowledge. You are able to work both autonomously and in multidisciplinary project teams. You explore new solutions and translate research questions into great data analysis and visualisation. Furthermore, you have interest in or affinity with the social/behavioural sciences, have a creative mindset, can convince others, like to collaborate in a team and have a service orientation. 

You have a big plus if you worked with research projects before, and have skills in the following ‘front-end’ areas: visualisation, web scraping, working with and analysing sensor data, social network analysis, text analysis (NLP), and web development (Javascript, shiny); and ‘back-end’ areas: cloud computing (Azure, AWS), distributed/parallel processing (Spark, Hadoop), data base management, Docker and decision support systems. If not skilled in one or more areas, you are eager to learn.


A data scientist at the Behavioural Data Science Incubator is a challenging position in a dynamic environment for a period of initially one or two years at 32-38 hours per week, depending on experience and qualifications. You will be formally placed at the BMS Lab. After a positive evaluation you are eligible for one more year. After that, a permanent position depends on the viability of the Incubator. The salary for this position depends on your experience and background and will be € 4.274,- max. gross per month (according to the salary scales 1-2-2019 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (8%) and an end-of-year bonus (8.3%), and several additional benefits.

Bedrijfsprofiel Universiteit Twente

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.


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