Software Engineer - LOFAR
Are you a talented programmer and a team player? Experienced with
database driven applications? Are you familiar with Agile development
techniques and you want to work in a dynamic international scientific
environment? Then you are our new
Software Engineer (f/m)
You will work on the software infrastructure for the LOFAR telescope.
This unique radio telescope that consists of antenna stations spread
over Europe connected by a high speed network to a central processing
facility. The system generates six petabytes of science data-products
each year that are made available to the astronomical community via a
You will work with your ten colleagues within the software support group
of the Radio Observatory Division on implementing user oriented and
system software. 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 new
functionality. Together with the software team in both Radio Observatory
and Research & Development Division you will enhance the overall
performance and reliability of the system and prepare it for future
A Bachelor degree in Computer Science or a related technical discipline
Proven experience with C/C++ and Python
Experience with Linux
Experience with supporting scientific data analysis is a pre
Experience with monitor and control software is a pre
Result driven with an eye for coding quality and testability
Team player, motivated by sharing knowledge and experience
Some sense of (self) humor
We offer a contract for two years with a possibility for an indefinite
contract, 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
We offer generous relocation expenses and support with finding
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.
The Radio Observatory at ASTRON operates the LOFAR telescope as well as
the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) including the soon to be
completed APERTIF upgrade.
Besides the Radio Observatory, ASTRON hosts a dynamic Astronomy Group
and a world-leading Research and Development Group. Together these three
departments specialize in the development, the operations and the
scientific exploitation of radio astronomical instruments. ASTRON is a
major partner in the worldwide collaboration working towards the
realization of the future Square Kilometre Array telescope.
For more information about ASTRON look on our website
vacancy please contact Erika Timmerman, HR Officer, phone: +31 521 595
You can apply for this job by sending your motivation letter and resumé
with reference number 2015-08-028, via the ‘Apply now’ button below.
Candidates will be considered until the position has been filled.