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Data Officer

Position Description

About the AI-driven Business research area

The AI-driven Business research area is one of four areas of excellence of Rennes School of Business. 30 full-time professors are involved in research projects in the area across all business disciplines. Professors involved carry out leading research on how AI practices are transforming business practice. The research outcome target for projects is studies that are publishable in top-ranked academic journals. Particular research concentrations within the AI-driven Business research area include: topic modelling of corporate documents, AI and business strategy, implementation of AI innovations, operations and project management, responsible AI business, consumer perception of AI products and services, and predictive analytics more generally.

Contract type: Full-time fixed-term contract for 12 months


To assist with the development of this research , the Director is hiring a Data Officer who will work with professors on the preparation of suitable datasets, as well as econometric assistance, for research projects. The suitable candidate will also work for the Agribusiness and Thriving Through Complexity areas of excellence. The role requires:

  • Familiarity with business and economic datasets (for example, Eikon / Thomson Reuters, Orbis, WRDS, World Bank datasets)

  • An understanding of the creation of suitable datasets for research projects, including appropriate identification of study controls and data transformation

  • An ability to work with standard statistical software, such as Python, Stata, Matlab, or R

  • Able to obtain and work with non-traditional data – such as carry out web scraping, and work with textual data

  • Assisting with econometric specification of research studies

  • Enthusiasm around the application of AI technologies to a business practice context


  • Master's degree in statistics, economics or business (holding a PhD in economics or business is an asset but not a requirement)

  • English fluency as the position will be carried out fully through the English language (French language knowledge is not required)

  • Working experience (or internship experience) in econometrics, statistics or business

  • A strong communication ability

  • An ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time


The position is based in Rennes, the capital of Brittany in France.

It is located in Western France, one hour and 30 minutes from the

centre of Paris by train, and less than one hour from the coast.

Rennes has a strong economy and is recognised for its outstanding

quality of life and cultural environment with a wide range of private

and public amenities including excellent primary and secondary

schools. Rennes is also home to a very strong technology cluster

and active entrepreneurial ecosystem.

About Rennes School of Business

Rennes School of Business is a fast-growing institution providing

undergraduate and graduate education to more than 4,500

students from all over the world. A triple accredited institution

(AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA), consistently ranked among the top

French business-schools, Rennes SB is the most international

business school in France and one of the most multicultural of

its kind, with a Faculty that is 91% non-French, coming from

40 different countries. The student body consists of 53%

international students coming from more than 70 countries,

making it the perfect environment for international students.

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