Vacancy: eScience Research Engineer for Earth Observations

August 13th, 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 area of Earth Observations

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 Geoscience projects analyzing Earth Observations to study different effects on climate, from glacier height change and Antarctica’s ice shelf damage and instability to the role of vegetation in the water, energy and carbon cycles.

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 handling and analyzing Earth Observations
  • Expertise with different programming languages (preferably Python and Bash)
  • Expertise in one or more of the following technological fields:
    • Machine learning
    • Optimized data handling (familiarity with Spark, Hadoop, docker,…)
    • Efficient computing (workflows, high-performance and distributed computing)
  • Experience with Data Assimilation is a bonus
  • 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

Interested in joining the eScience Center? Please send your application to by September 30, 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 Additional information may also be found at

For a short description of the projects, please see:

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