Job Opening: Data Scientist AI & Labour Market (m/f/d)

24. April 2024

We want you to join the AI Labor Markets project team, where your initial focus will be researching talent flows within Europe. This project is supported by a multi-year grant funded by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung, enabling us to develop a comprehensive understanding of the AI labor market across the continent through both quantitative and qualitative analyses. We aim to provide data-driven policy recommendations to key stakeholders to inform and shape their decisions regarding the AI workforce.

In our past paper on “AI Talent Flows in Germany” we conducted an empirical analysis of the career trajectories of AI doctoral students from German universities to better understand the country's position in the global AI talent landscape. This pilot study underscored the need for further research to enhance support for Europe’s AI ecosystem, suggesting that understanding and improving talent retention could be key to strengthening Germany's position in global AI development. 

We are expanding on our previous work with a new data brief titled 'AI Talent Flows: Europe and Beyond,' delving into the migration and distribution of AI talent in Europe amidst global demand. Highlighting Europe's leading per-capita AI expertise, the brief examines challenges in attracting and retaining talent amid intensified global competition since 2015. It focuses on AI professionals' origins, education, and workforce diversity, aiming to inform strategies and policies enhancing Europe's appeal and retention as an AI innovation hub.

SNV as an independent research think tank has consistently delivered cutting-edge policy advice on a diverse range of rapidly evolving topics, including cybersecurity, digital rights, platform governance, and artificial intelligence. Moreover, we actively engage with decision-makers at both the German and EU levels, ensuring our evidence-based recommendations meet the needs of policymakers in a timely manner.

Join us at SNV and be part of a team of experts at the intersection of technology and policy. The successful candidate will initially be offered a two-year contract, with the opportunity for permanent employment thereafter. We are looking to fill the role as soon as possible following the selection of a candidate. The role can accommodate either full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (80-90%). 

About the Role:

As a key member of the AI Labor Markets Team, your role will involve harnessing data science methodologies to dissect and contextualize the AI talent flows in Europe and beyond. This will include: 

  • Conducting rigorous data analyses, from data collection and processing to creating insightful visualizations tailored to talent migration, employment trends, education trends, skill demands, and more.  
  • Leading quantitative elements of studies, including research design, selection of appropriate analytical approaches, writing statistical analysis plans, reviewing data collection approaches and analysis, and reporting findings. 
  • Developing and deploying tools to automate the collection and processing of relevant labor market data, employing advanced techniques such as natural language processing (NLP) to analyze job postings, skill requirements, and policy documents. 
  • Writing clean, maintainable code for data analysis projects with comprehensive documentation in Git, facilitating reproducibility and collaborative development. 
  • Actively participating in the preparation and execution of digital workshops, fostering collaborations with policymakers, industry stakeholders, and academic experts, and contributing to public events to disseminate findings and engage with broader societal impacts. 

Your Profile:

  • Proficiency in Python, especially libraries like Pandas, for data collection (scraping, APIs), processing, analysis, and visualization. Interactive Visualization is a plus. 
  • Demonstrated experience in handling complex datasets and performing advanced data analysis, including but not limited to regression, network analysis, and particularly natural language processing (like text classification, NER, entity normalization). 
  • A proactive learner with a flexible mindset, eager to learn new techniques and frameworks, explore emerging trends and policies in the AI talent and innovation space in Europe. 
  • Ability to interpret complex data in the context of real-world labor market challenges, critically evaluate assumptions, and connect data-driven insights with policy recommendations. 
  • Strong teamwork skills, with an emphasis on constructive communication and openness 
  • Ability to work flexibly and to deadlines. 
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in policy research with a focus on technology-related policy topics. 
  • Any level of academic qualification is welcome.  

We offer:

  • An organization that seeks innovative solutions at the intersection of technology and public policy that make a difference. 
  • A working environment where personal responsibility, diversity, and creative freedom are valued with flat hierarchies and ample space for innovative ideas.    
  • Work-from-anywhere in the EU policy – Candidates from any EU country are welcome to apply.    
  • Flexibility to work remotely or utilize our centrally located and accessible office space in Berlin. We cover travel expenses for all-team events. 
  • Very flexible, family-friendly working hours.    
  • Financial assistance with equipping your remote office and a monthly mobile office allowance. 
  • Option to work abroad (away from your place of residence) for up to 3 months annually.   
  • Competitive salary range of 48K - 54K per year depending on experience.   
  • Generous annual leave entitlement of 30 days (+ an additional day off on 31 December), based on full-time employment.   
  • 5 optional care days per year to support family, friends, and pets.   
  • Annual competence development meeting and salary adjustment.   
  • Access to an annual training budget for professional and personal growth.   
  • Up to 3 professional coaching sessions per year to support well-being at work.    
  • Support from our Diversity Officer for matters concerning gender, diversity, and equality.  

We welcome applications from people regardless of age, ethnic origin and nationality, gender and gender identity, physical and mental ability, religion and belief, sexual orientation and social background. We also encourage people from ethnic minorities and other groups that are underrepresented in civil society organisations to join us.

Application deadline is 19 May 2024. Please apply with a cover letter and a CV (without photo) in one PDF file at The interviews will take place digitally. 

Madlen Schliephake ( will be happy to answer any questions you may have.