The VITO Data Science Hub designs, develops, tests and valorises data-intensive algorithms to improve sustainability in the areas of Energy, Materials, Chemistry, Health and Land Use. It holds a horizontal structure and operates on corporate level. This hub focuses on:

  • Strategy development for data science on corporate level
  • Multidisciplinary data-intensive projects
  • Supporting and coaching staff in relation to machine learning and automated data analysis
  • Helping to develop reusable software and working to raise the TRL (technology readiness level)



  • You focus on designing and developing reusable software in which data science takes a central role
  • You work together with 5 colleagues
  • You advise staff from various VITO departments regarding the use of data science techniques
  • You participate in educating, training and coaching staff within our various VITO units
  • You broaden your knowledge and expertise, and remain up-to-date regarding the new developments and the data science community
  • You publish research results (in collaboration with PhD students) and present at international fora
  • You play an active part in drawing up research proposals and acquiring new projects
  • You help to identify new IP opportunities and valorisation initiatives



  • You hold a Master's degree in computer sciences or an (applied) mathematical field. A doctorate in a related area would be an advantage
  • You have a thorough knowledge of data science techniques in areas such as machine learning, reinforcement learning and/or regression, classification, clustering and dimension reduction
  • You have hands-on experience with Python and SQL and you are flexible in working with other data science setups 
  • Experience with code libraries such as NumPy, pandas, scikit-learn, Keras, PyTorch, or TensorFlow would be an added advantage
  • You appreciate a multidisciplinary approach, and you will firmly believe that data science is an important asset for a more sustainable and circular economy
  • You have the ability to communicate smoothly and are able to present your ideas to persons with different backgrounds
  • You derive satisfaction from productive collaborations with other research institutions, universities and partners in industry
  • You detect opportunities and take up an active role within (international) networks
  • You are fluent in English.  A good knowledge of Dutch is an advantage.




  • A competitive salary
  • A range of benefits including allowances, insurances, adjustable holiday package
  • Flexible working hours and workplace
  • Innovation is our core asset, therefore it goes without saying that we give our employees the opportunity to undertake additional training and keep up to date in their field of expertise
  • The chance to be part of an organisation with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy
  • The possibility to actively contribute towards sustainable developments at local, national and global level


R&D & Engineering