Data Scientist

Please note: The deadline for applying to this position has passed.

Application Deadline: Monday, October 26, 2020

PRIO’s purpose is to conduct research for a more peaceful world, and we are committed to using the best of what technology has to offer in achieving that purpose. To make use of new technology and help us become a world leader in developing innovative research programs that respond to the most pressing issues of our time, PRIO invites applicants for a fulltime permanent position as a data scientist.

We are looking for a candidate with a "can-do" attitude and a desire to learn and develop the field of peace research. We offer challenging programming tasks, substantial learning opportunities within a positive, dynamic, and international research environment.

Main tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Develop and maintain the data infrastructure in research projects
  • Ensure data integrity and conduct statistical analyses
  • Organize and visualize data
  • Advanced coding
  • Develop PRIO’s forecasting and early warning capabilities
  • Conduct research and learn about project topics
  • Follow current policy discussions on open data and provide support to PRIO research staff in following best practice for data sharing and management

You should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Extensive experience managing and curating data
  • Proficiency in advanced statistical methods, including machine learning
  • Proficiency in Python and R
  • Experience with SQL
  • Experience with GitHub and collaborative code writing
  • Experience with geo-referenced data
  • Experience with natural language processing
  • Knowledge of quantitative social science research
  • Familiarity with current research policy discussions around open data, FAIR data principles, and data sharing infrastructure
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skill
  • Work well in a team, but also operate well independently
  • Be fluent in English
  • Master’s degree in relevant field

PRIO is located in attractive premises in central Oslo. We offer salary according to qualifications, group life insurance, and membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. PRIO has a dynamic work environment with an international staff of approximately 120 members in full and part-time positions. The working language at the institute is English. PRIO is an equal opportunity employer and values staff diversity.

Applications should be written in English and include:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts of academic degrees
  • Names and contact details of three references

Applications must be submitted using the online form linked above.

Deadline for applications is 26 October 2020.

For further information about the position, please contact Research Director Håvard Mokleiv Nygård  (, tel. +47 99 03 05 48. For further information about the recruitment process or the submission of your application, please contact Institute Adviser Cathrine Bye (, tel. +47 22 54 77 15.