DATA ENGINEER @ Otiv in Ghent, Belgium


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Who we are

OTIV is a Ghent-based company leading the autonomous revolution in rail. We are on a mission to increase safety and efficiency of railway operations by teaching rail vehicles to drive autonomously. By making trains more efficient and safer, we actively contribute to a modal shift and a greener future. We bring this vision to life by a unique focus on the most challenging environments such as cities, shunting yards and industrial sites. Thanks to high-profile partners and world-leading clients such as Deutsche Bahn, SNCF Group, ArcelorMittal and CAF we deliver the future of railway operations today.

OTIV is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a work environment that supports, inspires, and respects all individuals and in which personnel processes are merit-based and applied without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military service status, citizenship, or other protected characteristic. OTIV strives to create an environment in which all employees feel confident in their ability to bring their authentic selves to work and secure collaborating with colleagues and customers.

What you will do

As a Data Engineer you leverage your technical and project management skills to manage the large amount of data that is crucial in developing and optimizing AI-based solutions. You automate numerous internal data flows and take the lead in creating high quality datasets used for fine-tuning and/or testing the OTIV Artificial Intelligence modules. You ensure the maintenance and implement best practices for data analytics. You work closely together with the OTIV ML and Software Engineering teams on topics including data pipelines, visualizations, versioning.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Exploring, analyzing and visualizing data.

  • Creating, versioning and ensuring datasets quality.

  • Researching, implementing and maintaining data processing pipelines (which can involve tasks like sorting, visualising, anonymising, versioning, annotating, sharing, analyzing, etc.).

  • Maintaining and improving the internal MLOps practices.

  • Translating insights into structured documentation.

  • Closely collaborating with your Machine Learning and Software Engineering colleagues.

  • Closely collaborating with OTIV’s external Data Annotation partners.

  • Keep up with advancements in data engineering practices.

Who you are

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Data Science/Analytics or Mathematics.

  • Enjoy wrangling large amounts of data.

  • Experience in OS (Ubuntu) and virtual environments (Docker, Anaconda).

  • Proficiency in Python and shell scripts.

  • Able to use versioning tools: Git, Data Versioning Control.

  • Experience with cloud data storage services, having working experience with AWS S3 is a strong plus.

  • Basic understanding of Machine Learning principles.

  • Strong communication skills, acquired through previous experiences.

  • Fluent – and professional – English, both written and spoken.

  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving abilities.

  • Thorough and detail-oriented mindset.

  • Data centric (able to morph between an Engineer and Scientist).

What we offer

  • Full time offer with competitive salary package.

  • International environment in a disruptive start-up with opportunities to grow.

  • Early riser or night owl? Either way, you’ll fit right in our flexible working hours system.

  • Hybrid working policy, with an office in beautiful Ghent (Belgium).

  • Collaborative, transparent, and fun-loving office culture.

  • Team events and quarterly offsite.

  • 30 days of vacation.