ICT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence
Permanent employment
Den Haag
Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8), Master (EQF 7)
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The Methodology team at CBS Heerlen is looking for an expert in Artificial Intelligence to join its multi-disciplinary team of methodologists and data scientists. Are you passionate about Big Data innovative research and are you up for the challenge to tackle Big Data in making official statistics, then get in touch with us!


Over CBS

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) 

In a society where the amount of information is growing explosively, free access to reliable and integral data is crucial. As the national statistical office, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) provides reliable statistical information and data to produce insight into social issues, thus supporting the public debate, policy development and decision-making while contributing to prosperity, well-being and democracy.

CBS was established in 1899 in response to the need for independent and reliable information that advances the understanding of social issues. This is still the main role of CBS. Through time, CBS has grown into an innovative knowledge institution, with continuous adoption of new technologies and developments in order to safeguard the quality of its data and its independent position.



Wat ga je doen?

  1. You will be supervising data scientists and develop both scientific research and projects related to the policy-relevant themes of the work programme of the CBDS
  2. You will undertake scientific and innovative research in the area of Big Data with a focus on Artificial Intelligence
  3. You will give advice and teach on the application of existing methods and techniques and  develop new Big Data methods
  4. You will be one of the senior researchers of the methodology team and present your research at national and international conferences
  5. You will be involved in product development activities which could involve work for third parties with particular emphasis on Artificial Intelligence.
  6. You will be writing scientific papers and project proposals about your research
  7. You will work on important topics with regard to official statistics, such as unbiased estimations based on Big Data, Big Data processing and Big Data collection


Wie zoeken wij

  • PhD in artificial intelligence or related areas, and work experience within the field of Artificial Intelligence
  • You have a strong affinity with data science and statistics, preferably official statistics
  • You have expertise in neural networks, knowledge representations (a.o. Ontologies), machine learning approaches
  • You have your own network and a track record of academic publications and successful competitive funding 
  • Ideally the candidate should be proficient in:
a) Big Data processing
b) Data visualisation
c) Data exploration
d) Estimation
  • Statistical, software and mathematical knowledge:
a) knowledge on the use of predictive modelling and algorithmic estimation methods
b) being able to work data and product driven
c) Proficient in R/python/Scala, Linux, Hadoop/Spark


Waar kom je te werken

The methodology teams within CBS have expertise in research on innovative methods in primary observation, modelling time series, techniques on how to combine different data sources, data quality and Big Data methods. The aim is to produce statistics that are more timely, more detailed and of higher quality, and new statistics describing complex social phenomena using Big Data. CBDS has joined forces with more than 40 different national and international parties including companies, start-ups, knowledge institutes and governmental organisations.

The possibilities that Big Data offers have increased tremendously and the demand for information in society follows a similar pace. The methodology teams aim to respond to this demand by developing research into Big Data methods and statistical products based on Big Data. CBDS is a dynamic and challenging environment with a start-up atmosphere.

To strengthen our activities within the field of Data Science, we are looking for an enthusiastic senior data scientist to coordinate and execute the activities concerning artificial intelligence and machine learning. The candidate the methodology team is looking for, ideally has expertise in computer science with knowledge of neural networks, knowledge representation, (a.o. Ontologies), machine learning approaches and statistics. The candidate should bring her or his own national and international network and a track record of academic publications and successful competitive funding.
You work at CBS in Heerlen and visit the site in The Hague regularly; vice versa is open for discussion.   



What we offer you:
  • A modern and family-friendly work atmosphere
  • A challenging environment with plenty of room for own initiatives
  • Working with a young data scientists team of around 20 people
  • Good working conditions
  • An existing network with universities and governmental institutions
  • High level skilled colleagues with PhD level education in several fields of expertise (IT, physics, mathematics, statistics, AI, computer science)
  • Trainees from several Dutch universities to work on Master projects
  • Opportunities for networking and travelling
  • The challenge to combine cutting edge research with applied statistical development

Your salary
Your salary will be max €5292 (max. salary- scale 12) á month. The scale will depend on knowledge and experience. CBS offers very good working conditions.


We offer a 2 year contract, with the possibility for an extension.