NCCR Evolving Language

Data Science Consultant (specialized in statistics)
70-100 %

Within the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language, which involves nearly 40 different research groups from a large variety of disciplines across Switzerland, and the University of Zurich Technology Platform LiRI (Linguistic Research Infrastructure), we seek to hire a data science consultant specialized in statistical modeling at the University of Zurich. The successful candidate will work intensively with researchers across the entire network of the NCCR and language scientists in Switzerland more broadly. Conditions permitting, this may involve also spending limited periods of time in labs outside Zurich. The position is initially limited for a period of two years with the possibility of extension and a permanent contract.

Your responsibilities

The data science consultant will support the different research groups of the NCCR with all types of statistical tasks, ranging from design of experiments and observational studies to development of new statistical methodologies. The successful candidate is expected to actively interact with other data science platforms in Switzerland, e.g. at the ETH Zurich adn the Swiss Data Science Center, as well as with partners in industry (e.g. the Google Research Natural Language Processing Group in Zurich).

Your profile

The ideal candidate has an MSc or PhD degree in statistics or data science and profound domain knowledge in language science, or a degree in language science and strong expertise in data science/statistics, is able to quickly immerse in different interdisciplinary research topics, and is able to efficiently communicate with scientists working on language from a large variety of perspectives and/or on animal communication. The NCCR and LiRI place great emphasis on teamwork and on multidisciplinary perspectives. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are essential.

What we offer

We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.
Diversity and inclusion are important to us. We strongly aim at gender diversity and particularly encourage women to apply.

Place of work


Start of employment

December 1st or upon agreement. Please submit your application by 07.11.2021.

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