Job Properties
  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Software & Information Technology
  • Languages
    English Dutch
  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
    • Province
    • Date Posted
      January 13,2022
    • Entrusting Package
    • JSS
    • VISA
    • IMG_6430
    • Career Consultation

    Data Scientist

    About Company
    We are an airport company with an important social mission. Our airports create value for society and the economy. If you come aboard at Royal Schiphol Group, you enter a world that is constantly changing. Your own talents and qualities are leading, as we need those to fulfil our ambitions: Becoming and staying Europe's Preferred Airport and zero-waste airport by 2030. Thanks to smart (digital) solutions, we can better predict the processes at Schiphol, resulting in good and quick passenger flows. By doing so, we provide our passengers and airline companies with an excellent (digital) customer experience and we offer passengers more and more personally relevant information.

    At the Royal Schiphol Group, we have established a Data, AI & Analytics department (DnA), tasked with accelerating our group-wide transition to a truly data-driven organization. This team also oversee the strategic use of AI, data and applied data science across the Royal Schiphol Group to identify growth opportunities and areas for innovation with new data products and services. The team is also responsible for data governance & quality frameworks, our BI function and the close connection with IT on a future-proof data infrastructure.

    What will you do as a data scientist?

    As a senior data scientist at one of the world’s premier airports, you'll be responsible for extracting more value from our rich data sources, by applying machine learning and by integrating your models into data products and services. You will work on a great diversity of datasets and data science problems especially in the passenger domain. To give you an idea, some things that we are currently developing or running in production:

    • A system that predicts passenger flows through the terminal for the coming hours using a network of sensors measuring the current flow and flight events;
    • A reinforcement learning algorithm to optimize the planning of security lanes and check-in desks;
    • Predictions where high-density crowds will appear by using WiFi tracking data to allow passengers to see where they can easily maintain social distancing for Covid-19;
    • Predicted runway configurations at airside to get insight into the expected capacity for the coming days.

    Many of the use-cases you’ll work on have a direct effect on the Airport and its passengers and when you walk across the airport, you’ll see your models in action.

    As a senior data scientist, you will work closely with business stakeholders and the team of data scientists and data engineers to:

    • Together with our product manager and the business identify new opportunities and translate those into data science projects;
    • Work with a variety of complex data sources ranging from radar data to IoT sensors in the terminal;
    • Implement algorithms on these datasets and run these in production;
    • Work on taking a project from ideation to POC to production.

    Your added value

    As a next-generation professional you have a clear vision, courage and focus. Innovation and agile working are an absolute priority. You improve yourself every day so that you can be the best. You are introspective and resilient. You believe that creating a good atmosphere is essential for a successful, respectful and welcoming workplace. Your natural approachability enables you to connect with people. You are passionate about your work, and are curious and open to new developments, with a mindset keyed to possibilities and opportunities. If you also have the following qualifications, then we look forward to receiving your application!

    Competencies and skills:

    • MSc or PhD in a relevant field, like mathematics, physics, computer science etc.;
    • Analytical and content strength (in DS/DE work field): sees which DS techniques apply to the business problem at hand and be able to structure the approach;
    • A curious mindset and an appetite for learning new things every day;
    • Team player: strikes effective balance between independence and acting in the interest of the team. We’ll be looking for a real ‘click’;
    • Perseverance and a hacker mind-set;
    • Communicative skills: fluent in English is a must. Knowledge of the Dutch language is a plus;
    • Entrepreneurial, responsible and with a contagious level of enthusiasm.

    You are knowledgeable and have experience with:

    • Machine Learning algorithms and how to implement these on complex data sets. You have a good understanding of basic ML-algorithms like Random Forests, Logistic Regression, (linear) dimensionality reduction techniques, clustering techniques etc.;
    • Experience applying techniques outside of these basic methods, for example working with Bayesian methods, experience with time series, experience in geospatial statistics etc.;
    • Experience in simulation, control and reinforcement learning is seen as a big plus;
    • Languages: Python;
    • Libraries & Tooling:

    o The SciPy stack (Pandas/Numpy etc.);

    o Jupyter;

    o Mlflow;

    o Git & CI/CD setup;

    o Linux and Bash;

    o Exposure to engineering tooling like Docker, Kubernetes etc. is a plus;

    o Exposure to Databricks is a plus;

    • Collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams of beyond just data scientists and engineers;
    • Taking and running models in Production;
    • 5+ years of experience as a data scientist required.

    Additional information:

    • Due to the measures regarding Corona, we'd like to remind you Schiphol does not follow its regular recruitment activities. In exceptional cases critical positions may be recruited if the position opens up.
    • This position may not be placed or shared in any form on Social Media.

    * Language: The candidate has a sufficient Dutch and English proficiency (spoken and written, B2 Level).

    • We would like to receive the personal motivation of the candidate and CV in English.
    • Resume size should be a maximum of 1500 KB;
    • Due to COVID-19, this client is following the guidelines of the government and RIVM including remote working (at home);
    • Suppliers must be aware of the laws and regulations regarding employment conditions and Schiphols’s Collective Labour Agreement. This assignment is placed in scale 13;


    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: Up to €5,000.00 per month


    • Dutch (Required)

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