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Scientific programmer Computational Biomedicine

Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute

Scientific programmer Computational Biomedicine
Publicatiedatum 18 juni 2019
Sluitingsdatum 22 augustus 2019
Opleidingsniveau Universitair
Functieomvang 38 hours per week
Salarisindicatie €2,835 to €4,274 gross per month
Vacaturenummer 19-405

Are you a highly skilled and motivated scientific programmer, with a keen interest to work closely together with scientists, and do you want to apply your skills in cutting edge computational projects, utilizing the most advanced High Performance Computing infrastructure in Europe? Do you want to work in international projects, with multidisciplinary teams, and work in a young and dynamic team? If you recognize yourself in this, we are happy to invite you to apply for this position.

What are you going to do?

We seek a scientific programmer for advanced applications in relation to Computational Biomedicine, executing on high-end massively parallel computing systems. The main focus will be on the development and maintenance of our software portfolio (for an example see our open-source cellular flow modelling toolkit: www.hemocell.eu) and to contribute to workflows in relation to in-silico clinical trials. The development tasks will include the addition of new, specialized applications of our software. These applications are often embedded in large international projects in cooperation with external partners in Sheffield, London, and Geneva. Further tasks will include supporting our scientific team to realize efficient HPC simulation solutions with these codes.

This position can give grounds to fast professional development in parallel numerical techniques, simulation methods, and application of state-of-the-art computational solutions for large-scale systems.

What do we require?

The candidates should have a Master’s degree in Computational Science or in related field, with experience in High Performance Computing. The candidate should be first and foremost an excellent programmer, fluent in C++ and Python, with experience in complex software engineering projects, including collaborative software development. Since most task revolve around numerical modelling, knowledge and general interest of solving scientific problems with numerical techniques is important. Furthermore, tasks are mostly done in collaboration, therefore the will and the capability to communicate with scientists from different disciplines (for instance biomedicine, physics, computer science) is necessary.

The followings are considered an advantage:

  • experience with scientific codes, including open-source ones such as: Palabos, Espresso, LAMMPS.
  • knowledge of HPC job scheduling systems (e.g. slurm, PBS);
  • knowledge of any of the following programming languages: Fortran, C#, Java, julia;
  • knowledge of the lattice Boltzmann method;
  • knowledge of workflow systems, e.g. Taverna;
  • motivation to read, process, and understand scientific papers (and possibly author a few).

Our offer 

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 36 months.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,835 to €4,274 (scale 9 or 10) gross per month, dependent on experience, based on fulltime (38 hours a week), exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable. 

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look at Working at the Faculty of Science.  


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About the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Computational Science Lab of the Informatics Institute aims to make dynamic complex systems tractable via computational science. We study a broad range of dynamics systems in fields ranging from biomedicine to urban, or socioeconomic systems. We also develop theory of dynamic complex systems based on concepts of information processing.

English is the working language within the Informatics Institute. Moreover, since Amsterdam is a very international city where almost everybody speaks and understands English, candidates need not be afraid of the language barrier.

Some of the things we have to offer:

  • very friendly, interactive and international working environment;
  • new building located near the city center (20 minutes by bicycle) of one of Europe's most beautiful and lively cities;
  • access to high-end computing facilities (e.g. cluster with 4,000+ cores).

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter by 22 augustus 2019. You may apply online by using the link below. 

Applications should include:

  • a curriculum vitae (including an url allowing download or pdf of M.Sc. thesis -- if relevant);
  • a letter of motivation (at most 1 page) explaining why you are interested in this position;
  • a list of all university courses taken, including a transcript of grades;
  • the name and contact details (including email address) of two referees who can provide details about your profile (one of whom should be the main supervisor of your Master thesis).


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