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Data Scientist - Machine Learning, Data Processing and Visualization (EU Commission)

Job Introduction

At Serco, we strive to promote and enable the diversity, development, wellbeing and safety of our people. We understand that healthier, happier employees go hand-in-hand with strong business performance, enhanced productivity and better outcomes for those we serve. We want everybody who works for Serco to have a positive experience and access to opportunities to develop in their chosen careers.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. As subcontractor, Serco Italia S.p.A. is currently looking for a Data Scientist - Machine Learning, Data Processing and Visualization (EU Commission) to join our great team in Ispra (VA)!

Does working in a Serco environment sound appealing to you?

We would love to hear from you and your interest in this new job opportunity!

Does this vacancy not suit your profile? Not to worry, you can send your updated CV to careers.italy@serco.com – a member of our Recruitment Team will come back to you shortly after.


Role Responsibility

As Data Scientist - Machine Learning, Data Processing and Visualization (EU Commission) you will be responsible for:

  • Develop and maintain interactive data visualization dashboards and reports needed in the DARS-CC projects using the Commission adopted tools.
  • Support the work of the DARS scientists with the implementation of ETL pipelines for the preparation of datasets, the exploration of datasets, the design and development of data analysis algorithms and the presentation of analysis results.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the future DARS IT platform for data analysis and visualization machine learning. The new platform will consolidate the prototype services that are currently hosted on different systems and will allow the fast prototyping of new applications. The specific focus of the contract is on the data visualisation component of the DARS IT platform.
  • Contribute to the communication activities of the group (reporting, trainings, end user documentation, etc.)

Description of tasks:

You will work on activities included in Unit I03 Work Programme and you will be expected to contribute to all the tasks listed below:

  •  Design and implementation of data visualization dashboards with optimal usability/user experience. The reference tool used currently by the team is Tableau but in the future there may be the need to use other visualization tools adopted by the Commission (KNIME, Qlik, Apache Superset, MS Power BI, etc.)
  • Contribute to the maintenance and evolution of the visualizations developed by the team (current there is already a set of about 50 Tableau reports).
  • Integrate Tableau reports with software modules implemented in R and Python.
  • Collect business requirement and support the team activities regarding the design and prototyping of data mining, machine learning and business intelligence solutions.
  • Develop software in one or more of the following languages: R, Python, SQL, Matlab, and SAS
  • Prepare the required datasets by collecting, cleaning, integrating and transforming different source data (e.g. ETL)
  • Draft documentation in fluent English. Documentation could include for example user manuals and technical description needed by technology transfer.
  • Realise webinars modules to explain the use of implemented tools, prepare slides that can be used for trainings, and present the work done in meetings (English language).

In return, we offer a friendly, supportive and professional environment that respects your work/life balance and ultimately contributes to the delivery of public services in Italy and around the world.

Successful Candidate


Profile and level

  • Data Scientist Level 6
  • A BA/BS in Data Science, Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, Math, Physics or other technical disciplines is desirable.

Knowledge and skills

  • Excellent knowledge of Data Analytics techniques and tools
  • Experience in data processing, data visualisation, analytical problem solving
  • Experience in Data Mining and Data Quality Assurance - Data science methods (Jupyter Notebook, KNIME, SAS, MATLAB)
  • Hands on experience building data visualizations dashboards (Tableau, MS Power BI, Qlik, Apache Superset, KNIME, Amazon QuickSight)
  • Hands on experience with SQL databases (MySQL, ORACLE)
  • Hands on experience in Programming Languages such as Python, R, MATLAB, SAS or other relevant languages.

Desirable expertise

  • Hands on experience building Interactive Visualizations with Tableau
  • Experience and understanding of statistical analysis
  • Experience in Machine Learning
  • Hands on experience building extract, transform, load (ETL) data pipelines (SQL-based, KNIME, Talend)
  • Hands on experience with Jupyter Notebook or KNIME
  • Hands on experience with large SQL databases and Oracle PL/SQL
  • Knowledge of noSQL data management tools (NoSQL DB, MongoDB) and distributed processing tools (Hadoop, Spark)
  • Knowledge in one of the following areas: predictive (forecasting, recommendation), prescriptive (simulation), trends/anomalies detection in datasets, recommendation systems 

General skills

  • Ability to communicate fluently in oral and written English
  • Capacity to work efficiently in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Capacity to learn new programming languages

Work environment 

  • The tasks will be performed at JRC Ispra premises. Remote working will be possible but limited to one day per week and in agreement with the JRC technical responsible.



Any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing documents to verify your identity and employment eligibility, as required by law.

Applicants are reminded that they will be requested to produce such documentation during the recruitment process.

Please contact a member of the recruitment team if you require further details of acceptable types of documentation required for verification of identity and work authorization. 

Data Protection:

When creating a profile on the Serco Career Centre you agreed to the Data Protection policy, a copy is available upon request.You may submit a written request revoking your consent to this agreement at any time.

Package Description

Joining Serco Italy’s amazing team offers:

  • Competitive Salary 
  • Great career opportunities in the Space industry
  • Competitive Salary
  • Corporate Benefits Package
  • Support provided to EU Nationals requiring relocation – Information available upon request
  • Company events
  • International environment

About the Company

Why should you join Serco ?

At Serco not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play.

Meaningful and vital work - You’ll contribute to methodologically intercepting challenges whilst achievements will also be recognised and celebrated.

A world of opportunity - You’ll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression

Great people - You’ll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team who believe passionately in the value of our work.

What we offer

  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services sector
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Permanent employment with comprehensive Serco Benefits package.

About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play when managing complex public services.  

We are a team of 60,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world, we are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 


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