Junior Data Analyst

About Metabolic

Metabolic’s mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state. We advise governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing global context. Combining systems thinking and data science, we map and understand local and global systems to assess where to intervene and develop solutions that can dramatically shift how the economy functions.

We are an international and dynamic team of around 95 people who share an ambition for catalyzing a sustainable future. In our eight years of existence, we have developed systems analyses and sustainability strategies for over 500 partners.

About the Position

We are looking for a data-analyst with experience in sustainability research to join our Institute and Consulting entities. Within your role, you will be supporting the data analysis aspects on projects across multiple scales, from value chain and city-level analysis to global bioregional spatial analysis. You will support the creation of pioneering insights to research partners, governments, city networks, and NGOs, and regarding how to plan and organize circular supply chains and landscapes in line with planetary boundaries and global sustainability goals. This requires creativity, innovation, and pragmatism. 

You’ll be working in a multi-disciplinary research team (industrial ecology, agricultural and forest science, earth systems science, agroecology, material science, sustainable development) in developing effective strategies that deliver high-value results and insights in an efficient and effective manner. 

Your work will include data analytics in the broad sense of the definition, ranging from method development, to data collection, processing, analysis, visualisation in static and interactive forms, and to insights. Next to the technical aspects of data analytics, one of your main challenges will be to communicate your data-driven insights in a way that successfully influences action with our partners. The main tools you will use for your analysis are Python, Google Sheets/Excel, and QGIS.

We are looking for a colleague with strong analytical skills and high attention to detail, but also the ability to zoom out and use your creativity to find new solutions. You should be comfortable working autonomously, and also as part of a close-knit interdisciplinary team. 

The position is a full-time role.

As a data-analyst you will be dividing your time over consulting projects at the Cities and Regions team in the consultancy entity and longer term research projects in the Metabolic Institute, such as CENTRINNO.


  • Experienced data analyst (1-3 years of relevant work experience)
    • Skilled in data collection and data analysis (Python (Pandas), SQL)
    • Skilled in visualisation of data analysis results (Python, Google Sheets/Excel, QGIS)
    • Knowledge of statistics, uncertainty analysis, and error propagation is an advantage
    • Knowledge of (geo)data analysis is an advantage (python, R, QGIS)
    • Knowledge of (geo)data visualization is an advantage (QGIS, leaflet or similar packages)
  • Topical knowledge in areas of interest to Metabolic
    • A foundation of knowledge in urban sustainability, environmental impact analysis, circular economy, and systems thinking 
    • Knowledge concerning the bioeconomy and biodiversity is a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Educated to Masters level (or equivalent) in one or more of the following (or similar) disciplines: Environmental Sciences, Geo-information Science, Environmental Management, Earth systems science, Urban planning, Agricultural Science, Landscape Ecology, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence. A foundation of knowledge in urban sustainability, environmental impact analysis, circular economy, and systems thinking
  • Valid work permit to work as an employee in the Netherlands
  • The position can be four or five days a week and has a flexible starting date. It requires you to locate to (or close to) Amsterdam.

Our Offer

Be part of a dynamic, ambitious and multicultural team that is passionate about sustainability and technology and making an impact. Collaborate and work alongside world-class experts in the fields of sustainability and circularity from our sister companies in the wider ecosystem. We are growing fast and are very passionate about changing the world together.

This opportunity will place you in an environment that values people with their own ideas and initiatives. We believe in flat hierarchies, shared decision-making and impact over profit. You will be able to participate in an evolving decentralized governance system and be part of a close-knit community of people with shared interests and a strong company culture. 

You will also be encouraged to grow and develop, have time and space to experiment with new ideas and have dedicated time set aside for training and personal development. We are based in Amsterdam, but operate a hybrid working model, giving you the freedom to work both at home and at our vibrant office.

How to apply:

Please submit your CV and letter of motivation in English and in pdf format via the Apply button below. before the 1st July, 2022. Hwoever, note that we will be interviewing on a rolling basis.

 In case of questions, please feel free to contact us through [email protected].