German Football Association (DFB)

German Football Association (DFB)

Data Scientist


Role Type



Posting Date

Apr 22, 2022

Role description


To support the Performance, Technology & Innovation department in the DFB Academy, we are looking for a full-time position as soon as possible
adata scientist (m/f/d).
The DFB Academy:The aim of the DFB Academy is to further develop German football and to re-establish it among the best in the world - as a campus for innovation, implementation engine for our national teams, network and exchange platform and common competence center.With a competent team, optimal infrastructure, modern technologies and scientific support, we develop our players, coaches and experts and ourselves together.The Intelligence Center in the DFB Academy provides decision-makers, coaches and experts in top-flight German football with data-based decision-making tools for their work, which are designed with the needs of football in mind.In order to achieve this, the Intelligence Center works in close cooperation with its target groups on their questions and addresses them in individual projects with top international institutions from football, sports, business and science.In its projects, the Intelligence Center combines the knowledge from its four sub-areas (science, data science & machine learning, data collection and the TechLab).In terms of content, the questions addressed to the Intelligence Center include a wide variety of topics from top-flight football,The role:As a data scientist, you are an important part of our team and support our national teams, the experts of the DFB Academy and other specialist departments (e.g. talent promotion or trainer training) by automatically providing data-based decision-making bases for sports-related issues.You are in direct contact with our DFB experts and accompany them from the definition of the question to the selection and implementation of the best methodology to the subsequent communication and explanation of the findings.


Creation, implementation and automation of data evaluations and models with football-related data for DFB experts (in particular coaches, special coaches, game analysts and other experts)
Development of new machine learning algorithms and models for game and load data analysis for our national teams and DFB experts
Development of applications (e.g. reports, dashboards) for our national teams and DFB experts
Support in the further development of the German top football database and automation/optimization of data pipelines
Close cooperation with the respective DFB experts through the creation of individual requirement analyzes and effective, constant communication
Support for the data-driven research projects of the DFB Academy


A proactive, responsible, communicative and solution-oriented way of working
Enjoy working in a team with people from different backgrounds, expertise and experiences on a daily basis
An above-average master's or diploma degree in the fields of (business) informatics, mathematics, statistics, physics, or similar;Promotion an advantage
Proven knowledge in dealing with established data science programming languages, in particular Python and R
Proven knowledge in dealing with cloud databases and established data science frameworks, in particular Exasol, AWS Cloud, Apache Spark;Certificates desirable
More than two years of practical experience in the field of data science and machine learning
Strong organizational talent and the ability to meet various deadlines
The ability to conceptually set up and implement complex data models and evaluations and to communicate and interpret them in a way that is appropriate for the target group
Passion for football, practical experience as a player/coach/expert is an advantage
German and English skills, fluent in word and writing

We offer you:

Challenging football projects in a growing and dynamic department
A team with diverse backgrounds and experiences
An appreciative, open and trust-based team culture
The chance to actively help shape the content of the DFB Academy
The direct cooperation with the experts (of our national teams) in the DFB as well as various interfaces with the German and international top football
Various opportunities for exchanging experiences via our large network
The joint move into the new DFB campus in Frankfurt am Main in 2022 as a place of work with the best general conditions and ideal transport connections

We look forward to getting to know you with a meaningful application.Please apply via our job portal, stating your salary expectations.The application deadline is May 8th, 2022

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