Beskrivelse af impactPROTrEIN directly targets two of the seven Europe 2020 Flagship Initiatives, “Youth on the move” and “An agenda for new skills and jobs”, by: i) Providing ESRs with the right mix of skills to capitalise on job opportunities; ii) Enhancing geographical mobility of ESRs; iii) Developing training systems to deliver key competencies and
excellence, and iv) Promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. Moreover, participating organizations of PROTrEIN endorse the European Charter for Researchers and follow the EU “Principles of Innovative Doctoral Training”: research excellence, institutional environment, interdisciplinary research options, exposure to industry and other sectors, international networking, transferable skills and quality assurance. Moreover, 6 of the academic partners
received the HR Excellence in Research logo by the EC (P1, P4, P5, P8, P11, PO7).
PROTrEIN addresses the training of new professionals in one of the currently most demanded and valued job profiles: data scientists and bioinformaticians, especially those with machine learning or artificial intelligence skills. It is well known that data acquisition and availability in the biological sciences is exponentially growing (big data), and that industry (biopharma in particular) is making large investments to extract the most value out of this data realm.
Not surprisingly, the “The Future of Jobs Report 2018” published by the World Economic Forum30 estimates that 85% of surveyed companies are likely or very likely to adopt big data analytics. It also indicated that the “industrial revolution will create 133 million new jobs and that 75 million jobs will be disappearing by 2022.”
Many of the new jobs will be in the areas of data science and bioinformatics: the #1 top 10 emerging job was “data analysts and scientists” followed by “artificial intelligence and machine learning specialists” (#2). The #4 spot was “big data
specialists,” followed by “digital transformation specialists” (#5), “software and applications developers and
analysts” (#9) and “information technology services.” (#10). While trustful and complete information on job wages is hard to obtain, some specialized reports indicate that salaries for these profiles have already grown (and will continue to) well above the average, at least until 2026.
The essential skills of a data scientist include programming, machine learning, statistics, data visualization and communication. In addition, bioinformaticians require domain-specific data processing, transformation, applied statistics and machine learning, and domain-specific data visualization and integration. PROTrEIN provides a balanced set of training courses in different disciplines, and complementary skills under the umbrella of an integrated
advanced research-training programme (see 1.2), which address both the generalistic data-science skills, and the specialization on the proteomics technologies and applications. To achieve this, ESRs will be trained through handson
research, secondments, internships and courses. The ESRs will be part of a highly stimulating research environment in which the newest approaches will be developed into practical applications.
A unique feature of this consortium is the collaboration with a design company (PO6, DDS) and a gamification research group (P11, TAU). Design and gamification applied to scientific research and communication is a field for emerging job opportunities in both research centres, medical industry and education. Skills linked to the design discipline, such as creative thinking and problem-solving skills are really valuable in the scientific domains.
Overall, ESRs will acquire highly attractive skillsets, both scientific and transferable skills, boosting their employability in public and private sectors for a career in academic science, translational studies, and pharmaceutical industry or in research-related fields as research management and science communication.