Vacancy: eScience Research Engineers for Big Data and Health

September 23rd, 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 projects in the areas of Big Data and Health

The position

As an eScience research engineer, you will operate in a team consisting of both eScience Research Engineers and researchers from partner institutions. Your goal will be to develop high-quality scientific software for collaborativeresearch projects.

You will work on several health-related projects, translate scientific challenges into effective and reusable ICT solutions that enable innovative (health) research. Important challenges include improving interoperability between, and reuse of, a variety of data resources, applying machine learning techniques in the context of distributed and privacy sensitive data, supporting user friendly, web-based interfaces aimed to support academic researchers as well as citizen science approaches.

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
  • Experience with complex data handling, preferably using linked data and semantic web technology
  • Experiencewith different programming languages (preferably Python and Java)
  • Good open source software engineering skills (version control, continuous integration, documentation).
  • Expertise in one or more of the following:
    • advanced data analytics, e.g. machine learning or statistical analysis
    • building API’s
    • containerization techniques such as Docker or Kubernetes
  • Good communication and writing skills in English

Job offer

We offer a position at the eScience Center initially 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. We therefore encourage women and minorities to apply.

Application deadline

Are you interested in joining the eScience Center’s team and work on exciting projects? Please send your application to by 24 November, 2019.

Your application must include

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

If you would like more information about this opportunity you can contact , eScience Research Coordinator at Additional information may also be found at

A short description of the projects can be found in the following link:

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