Software Engineer in Earth Informatics

Wageningen University


Software Engineer for Team Earth Informatics

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Team Earth Informatics is looking for an enthusiastic software engineer to enforce the software development capacity in the team. In this position you will participate in research projects with a strong ICT component. You work together with other software developers in our team and other teams. You will also collaborate with researchers within the WUR but also from other organisations, national and international. Supporting our broad and interdisciplinary research, you will work on a diversity of topics in the domain of agri-food and environment.

Your tasks will cover all aspects of software engineering, focussing on implementation, but also including design, testing and documentation. The team Earth Informatics prefers agile methodologies for software development. Our ICT work is diverse, and projects and development teams are usually small or medium size. This means we expect you to be flexible, able to manage more than one project at the same time and able and willing to master more than just one development environment and where required both back- and frontend. You will have the chance to join state-of-art projects, following the newest developments in software engineering, like big data technologies, functional programming (languages), machine learning etc.

Some inspiring examples of our tools and projects are presented on this site:

We ask

  • university of applied science degree, MSc degree in informatics or comparable;
  • at least 1 – 3 years working experience in software development;
  • experience in Java, java based web development tools;
  • experience with Agile methodologies, a Scrum master certification is a pro;
  • knowledge of database systems, relational and NOSQL;
  • experience and/or interested in one or more of the following is a pro: AI and machine/deep learning, distributed, cloud computing, Linked Data / SPARQL, Scala
  • proficiency in English;
  • team player but also able to work independently and take responsibility;
  • able to perform in a challenging and dynamic environment.

We offer

A challenging position for at least 32 hours a week. This is a permanent position, starting with a temporary contract. Extension of that contract depends on proven suitability and the scope of the order portfolio.
The salary is between 2722,- and 5057,- euro gross per month, depending on experience (scale 10-11) on a full-time basis (38 hours).

Furthermore, we offer excellent secondary terms of employment, for example a structural -end-of- year bonus and flexibility in many respects. Good opportunities for training and education.
In addition, we offer:

  • an 8% holiday allowance;
  • a 3% end-of-year bonus;
  • excellent training opportunities and fringe benefits;
  • flexible working hours; holidays may be determined by mutual agreement in order to achieve an efficient work-life balance;
  • excellent pension scheme through the General Pension Fund for Public Employees (ABP);
  • a selection model for choosing your own terms of employment (e.g. a bicycle plan);
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contact, where many activities take place on campus, and where education, research and business come together;
  • sports facilities on campus accessible for a small fee.
  • WUR’s internal recruitment policy stimulates internal opportunities for promotion and mobility. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in this environment focused on continuing development.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

For more information about this, you can contact Dr. Sander Janssen, team leader, tel: 0317-481908, e-mail or Johnny te Roller, project manager, tel: 0317-481838 email:

For more information about the procedure, you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter,

To apply for this position, please upload your CV and motivation letter via the apply button before 7 April 2020.

Equal opportunities employer
We encourage applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel. Our highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for you and your family.

The WUR International Community page contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. And watch this video to learn more about working at our green bustling campus.

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6,500 employees, and 12,000 students, it is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020.

The Team Earth Observation and Environmental Informatics is a multidisciplinary team of national and international top researchers in the rapidly developing interdisciplinary fields of agro-environmental informatics, earth observation and sustainable development. Our core business is around digitization, with a focus on agriculture and environment. We develop data-, information- and advisory services for the commercial and institutional sector all over the world. Examples of such services include satellite-based advisory apps to support farmers to increase their yields, multi-stakeholder planning for climate-resilient cities and coherent mapping of forestry management to support pan-European policy making. Our research is complemented with strong participatory approaches involving stakeholders, facilitating the development of visions and long-term strategies. Some interesting examples can be found here: 

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