Job Opportunity: eScience Research Engineers for “Visual Storytelling for Climate Effects”

June 25th, 2019

The Netherlands eScience Center is the Dutch national expertise center 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 “Visual Storytelling for Climate Effects”

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 this project into dedicated solutions.

In this 2-year position, you will work on several projects that deal with scientific data dissemination and visualization, with a strong focus on the communication aspects of research. The overarching goal of most of our team’s projects is to convince decision-makers to take scientific analyses seriously and to use that knowledge for future policy-making. To this end, you will mostly be making web-based software.

A significant part of your work will consist of working on the RECEIPT (REmote Climate Effects and their Impact on European sustainability, Policy and Trade) project. In this project, we will develop software with which to create and view visual stories based on the scientific data of multiple European institutes. This data will include economic-, financial-, risk-, weather-, agriculture-, infrastructure- and demographics forecasts and more.

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 with researchers and colleagues are important, as are skills for accurate requirements engineering. In this position you will collaborate closely with researchers, present your work at conferences and workshops, and sometimes work on-site at our project partners, including those at European-level.

We require

  • A completed Masters’ degree or PhD
  • Some experience developing scientific or information visualization(s) and/or web applications
  • Expertise with different programming languages (preferably Javascript, Typescript, WebGL, D3.js)
  • Expertise with Angular, React or Vue is a bonus
  • Good communication and writing skills in English

Working conditions

We offer a position at the eScience Center for a fixed 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 € 2.672- up to € 4.945,- 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 seeks to hire persons with a background that is underrepresented at the eScience Center. We therefore encourage women and minorities to apply.

Interested in this position?

Are you interested in joining the eScience Center’s team and work on the RECEIPT project? Please send your application to vacancy@esciencecenter.nl before July 31, 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 m.vanmeersbergen@esciencecenter.nl, Senior eScience Research Engineer and project manager of the RECEIPT project, at www.esciencecenter.nl.

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