Software Developer
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    Radio observatory
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Are you a talented programmer and a team player? Do you enjoy the experience of seeing your software in action and helping our customers? Are you familiar with Agile development techniques and you want to work in a dynamic international scientific environment? Then you are our new


Software Developer (f/m)


Job description:
As a software developer in the Radio Observatory, you will work in one of our scrum teams on the software infrastructure for the ASTRON instruments (LOFAR and Westerbork telescopes) and on new projects internally or together with international partners of ASTRON. The main theme of these projects and operational instruments is the large amount of data that is generated in the observations. To facilitate this, we implement the latest frameworks and develop new techniques to handle the data volumes and serve them to our scientific customers. Emphasis is placed on delivering maintainable code, incorporating tests at all levels, and providing appropriate documentation. You will collaborate with scientists and engineers at ASTRON and at European universities and institutes to implement this new functionality and/or support the current software stack.

Job requirements:
• A Master degree in Computer Science or a related technical discipline
• A proven track record of delivered software, including the results that you reached
• Proven experience with C/C++ and Python
• Experience with Linux
• Experience with supporting scientific data analysis is a pro
• Result driven with an eye for coding quality and testability
• Good command of the English language
• Socially skillful team player, motivated by sharing knowledge and experience

• We offer a contract for one year, with a possible extension for one year, based on good performance.
• Besides a pleasant and challenging work environment, we have a good package of benefits like a pension plan, group discounts on individual insurances and travel expenses.
• We offer flexible conditions of employment, tailored to your personal situation.
• We offer generous relocation expenses and support with finding accommodation.

The organization:
ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, is located just outside Dwingeloo in Drenthe. Its mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen via the development of novel and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research.

With a staff of over 35 personnel, the combined software group at ASTRON is essential to the operation of our current facilities, the extraction of science from those facilities, and the development of new capabilities for the future. The software development effort at ASTRON is organized around distinct expertise groups within the three departments:
– In Research & Development the focus lies on algorithmic innovation, high performance, high throughput computing, and integrated hardware and software solutions.
– The Radio Observatory software team is responsible for the operational capabilities of our facilities including telescope monitoring and control, data processing pipelines and analysis tools, archival data management. Thereby maximizing the range and quality of science-ready data products we deliver to our user community.
– The Astronomy Group software development group is geared toward user science extraction and is charged with improving the availability and access to ASTRON data collections, developing new analysis tools and capabilities for the astronomy community, and research into advanced data science techniques to support user science in the era of data intensive astronomy.
Working together, these three teams cover the range of development activities at ASTRON and are crucial to the success of our mission to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen!

More information about ASTRON can be found on our website and For more information about this vacancy please contact Erika Timmerman, HR Officer, phone, +31 521 595 100 or e-mail:

You can apply for this job via the ‘Apply now’ button below. The closing date is 10 July 2018. The first round of interviews will be held in week 29. Candidates will be considered until the position has been filled.

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Emanuela Orrù
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