Call for a Data Scientist


Contract type: Full time, 1-year fixed contract, renewable

Starting date: As soon as possible

Deadline for applications: 20th of January 2021


Bruegel is looking for a Data Scientist to analyse, manage and translate scientific data into analytical outputs, including data visualisations.

By applying state-of-the art techniques, the primary focus of the Data Scientist will be to manage data, conduct statistical analysis, automate processes using machine learning techniques, build, improve and extend our current in-house systems and features. Bruegel publishes several datasets that require regular updating, which the Data Scientist would oversee. The Data Scientist will also improve the coordination of internally used databases to reduce unnecessary duplications. S/he will be responsible for providing quality assurance of Bruegel scientific data. Moreover, the Data Scientist will work with the Communications team’s analytical data at requests.

Importantly, the Data Scientist will use cutting-edge methods such as data scraping and machine learning techniques to understand economic phenomena and translate research into policy messaging. Depending on profile, qualification and contribution, the Data Scientist would also co-author publications of relevant work.

For Bruegel as an institution putting high value in fact-based research, this is an important role. It will involve working very closely with the Bruegel Director, Deputy Director, Senior fellow Zsolt Darvas, other Fellows and Research Assistants and with the Communications and Outreach team, bringing the use and data management to a yet another institutional level.


Bruegel is the European think tank specialising in economics. Established in 2005, it is independent and non-doctrinal. Bruegel’s mission is to improve the quality of economic policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate. We are committed to impartiality, openness and excellence. Bruegel’s membership includes EU Member State governments, international corporations and institutions. Through publications, events, social media, and a lively blog, Bruegel has carved a unique discussion space for everyone interested in improving the quality of economic policy. Through a dual focus on analysis and impact, and dynamic relationships with policymakers at every governance level, it has established itself as a vibrant laboratory for economic policies.


The candidate for this role must meet the following criteria:

  • A Master’s Degree (or PhD) in data science, computer science, statistics, mathematics or related;
  • Strong applied statistics skills, knowledge of econometrics would be a plus
  • Ability to analyse growing datasets (big data analysis);
  • Ability to manage a different type of datasets;
  • Excellent understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithm (deep learning)
  • Proficiency in excel, Python, R and/or SQL,
  • A practical knowledge of web scrapping techniques is a plus;
  • Experience with data visualisation tools, capable of extracting graphs and charts using Python Java or SAS etc.;
  • Strong interest in the field of economics (macro and micro);
  • Strong communication skills in the spoken and written English is a must, knowledge of other European languages is an advantage.
  • Team player, solution oriented, hands on and positive attitude approach


To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter describing why you are interested in joining the think-tank world, and Bruegel, as well as what makes you suited for the role.

The application should be submitted to [email protected] under the subject line: Data Scientist_applicant’s name, before the 20th of January 2021.

Bruegel is committed to ensure equal opportunities and treatment for all, by ensuring that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, disability or chronic illness.