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Data Scientist

07/08/2019 Utrecht, Utrecht, NL

Would you like to apply your data science modelling and analytical expertise within an intellectually inspiring and international environment? Are you passionate about showing the business impact of data science and how it can improve efficiency and drive innovation in research? Do you have experience or interests in analyzing data from physical sciences or manufacturing processes? Then join us as a Data Scientist in the global Research & Innovation Center of Danone Nutricia in Utrecht, the Netherlands!

Your Mission

You will use your expertise in data science modelling within the Specialized Nutrition (SN) Centre of Excellence Data Science and Biometrics (CoEDSB) to build partnerships with stakeholders in the SN Centre of Excellence Process Engineering, and together provide industry-leading data science solutions to real world problems. Your work will contribute to the development of nutritional solutions that provide clinically proven health benefits to vulnerable consumers – infants, toddlers, expecting mothers, the elderly and patients.

In this role you will be part of the Data Science Team within the Centre of Excellence in Data Science and Biometrics at Danone Nutricia Research & Innovation. This team is responsible for providing data science modelling expertise across R&I. You will work in close collaboration with the other teams within the CoE, and with key stakeholders in the CoE Process Engineering.  You will report to the Senior Manager Data Science.

Are you passionate about showing the business impact of data science and how it can improve efficiency and drive innovation in research?

About the Job

As a Data Scientist, you will provide expert data science input and advice into projects across Research & Innovation, with particular focus on projects within the product development portfolio. Next to that, you will:

  • Conduct hands-on data modelling and simulation, with some data engineering, in close collaboration with colleagues in the statistical programming and statistician teams  
  • Act as an internal data science consultant managing relationships with stakeholders and ensuring individual data science activities within a project meet the business objectives   
Do you have experience or interests in analyzing data from physical sciences or manufacturing processes?

About You

We are looking for a Data Scientist with:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent (PhD would be a plus) ideally Data Science, Informatics, Statistics or Mathematics with a strong statistical or machine learning content.
  • Experience or exposure to manufacturing or engineering data would be an advantage, as would experience of biomedical research
  • Commercial awareness and business skills
  • Intellectual curiosity for problem solving using data science modelling techniques and passionate about keeping up-to-date with current methodological developments
  • Highly computer literate, e.g. proficient in one or more of: R, Python, Julia, Ruby, C++, Java

In order to be successful in the role of Data Scientist you will have excellent communication skills (in English) and be able to interact with multidisciplinary project teams across Danone Nutricia Research and with all other parties involved, such as external vendors and academic partners. Additionally, you have the ability to explain complex modelling techniques orally as well as in writing to non-specialists. For this role potential and aptitude is more relevant than experience.

About Danone and our mission

Danone is a multinational food company dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible. This mission guides our 2.250 “Danoners” in the Netherlands and more than 100.000 worldwide on an everyday basis. 

Nutricia Research is part of Danone. Research & Innovation is an important basis of the work we do in nutrition and health. We collaborate with partners, for example in academia, suppliers and healthcare, we aim to identify new nutritional intervention opportunities and develop innovative product forms. Our largest innovation center is located in Utrecht Science Park, the Netherlands. It is a state-of-the-art center for the development of new nutritional product concepts for Specialized Nutrition. We use life science, food science and technology, together with the passion, drive and expertise of over 500 employees, to pioneer nutritional solutions for those with special nutritional needs. Our global network of teams and experts take nutritional concepts and translate them into physical products through extensive innovation, helping us deliver high quality products to the patients who need it most. 

Are you the Data Scientist we are looking for?

Apply now!

If you have any question about the position or the recruitment procedure, please contact Ingrid Szary (Talent Manager R&I) via + 31 (0)6 11 81 52 42 or If you are interested, please apply before September 6th 2019 via our Career Website.

Ingrid Szary
Talent Manager R&I