Data Science Research Project Leader (d/f/m)

  • Airbus
  • Munich, Germany
  • 15/03/2019
Full time Data Science Data Engineering Machine Learning Data Analytics Artificial Intelligence Data Management Statistics Software Engineering

Job Description

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 130,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Description of the job

The Airbus Chief Technology Office (CTO) is looking for 2 Data Science Research Project Leaders to join our Central Research & Technology - Data Science department in Ottobrunn, Germany.

With your creative and analytic mind, you will use your unique expertise to conduct research projects which realize the technology needs for generation after next products.

Tasks & accountability

The principle responsibilities of the roles can be summarized as follows:

  • To demonstrate technical leadership and to champion the development of chosen technologies, actively contributing to the research projects within their field.
  • To be able to efficiently initiate, manage and close projects often in a complex environment.
  • To motivate and manage internal and external resources, realize the potential of external capabilities for the good of the project by efficient supply chain management.
  • To use the trade-off between make/buy and make/partner to achieve best value for money result.
  • To manage stakeholder engagement and effectively communicate the outcomes of the projects conducted.
  • This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company’s success, reputation and sustainable growth.

Required skills

Your Boarding Pass 

  • Technical background in Computer Science and/or Applied Mathematics.
  • You will need to demonstrate strong experience in one or more of the following fields: AI and Aerospace, AI and Robotics, Computer Vision / Video Processing and Deep Learning, Decision making including Reinforcement Learning
  • A relevant Project Management background is a prerequisite, preferably in a complex environment.
  • Ability to develop new applications in Engineering, Manufacturing and Services.
  • Ability to assess any breakthroughs in this field (e.g. artificial intelligence, AR/VR) with a good knowledge of commercial and open source methods and tools.
  • Good knowledge of the State of the Art in the relevant fields and understanding of how this can influence the technical needs for future product generations.
  • Ability to ensure the research is conducted in a manner that is compliant with company procedures and that knowledge generated is protected.
  • Negotiation level in English. Knowledge of German would be appreciated.


  • Entrepreneurial spirit, problem solving mindset.
  • Good communication skills, ability to influence and transmit knowledge into the stakeholder community.
  • Ability to work as part of a complex and diverse team with the willingness and desire to build a strong personal network to support the team's ability to achieve objectives in the most efficient manner.