Vacancy: eScience Research Engineers for Climate and Hydrology Studies

August 15th, 2019

The Netherlands eScience Center is the Dutch national center of excellence for the development and application of research software to advance academic research. We are convinced that research in every academic discipline can be improved by taking advantage of available digital technology. We take a multidisciplinary approach, combining our deep knowledge of both academic research and software development to help define and solve research challenges. We share our ideas and the tools we develop. Together with a wide range of partner organizations, we advance not just our research projects, but the state of academic research in general.

We are looking for enthusiastic:

eScience Research Engineers for Climate and Hydrology studies

The position

As an eScience research engineer, you will operate in a team consisting of both eScience Research Engineers and academic colleagues. Your goal will be to develop high-quality scientific software for ongoing research projects. Together with your team, you will be responsible for translating the scientific questions raised by these projects into dedicated solutions.

In this 2-year position, you will work on several climate related projects, and mainly on eWaterCycle II, where we study water movement on a global scale using local and global hydrological models.

eScience is intrinsically a team effort. You will therefore work closely with other eScience Research Engineers in- and outside the team and facilitate knowledge transfer between scientific disciplines. Good soft skills for communicating and collaborating with researchers and colleagues are important, as are the following technical skills.

We require

  • A completed Masters’ degree or PhD
  • Proficiency in Python, unit tests and continuous integration
  • Expertise with different programming languages (preferably Python and Bash)
  • Expertise in one or more of the following technological fields:
    • Machine learning
    • Optimized data handling
    • Efficient computing
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written) in English

Job offer

We offer a position at the eScience Center for a period of 2 years within the Collective Agreement for Dutch Research Institutes (cao-OI). The candidate will be based at the Netherlands eScience Center in Amsterdam.
Classification is based on education and experience with salary depending on qualifications and experience, starting from €2.736- up to €5.064,- gross per month, with a 38-hour working week (salary scale 10-11). Holiday pay amounts to 8% of the gross salary and we also offer a 13th month of salary as an end-of-year payment.

The eScience Center offers an interesting and challenging position with additional options for personal development. You will work in an international team with an informal but creative and ambitious working environment. The main location is Amsterdam (Science Park). The eScience Center has an active diversity policy and would like to hire persons with a background that is underrepresented at the Center. We therefore encourage women and minorities to apply.

Application deadline

Are you interested in joining the eScience Center’s team and working on exciting projects? Please send your application to by 30 September, 2019.

Your application must include

  • A recent CV
  • A motivation letter
  • A code sample
  • Any applicable references

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Yifat Dzigan, eScience Research Coordinator at

For a short description of the projects, please also see: eWaterCycle IIIS-ENES3

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