Research and Education IT Developer

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Deadline: 13 Oct 2023

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The Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) and Leiden Observatory (STRW) carry out fundamental and curiosity driven research. Do you have affinity with academia and would you like to support physics and astronomy research and education? Come work for the STRW/LION ICT support group at the Faculty of Science Leiden, a small versatile team of high trained people supporting and developing the scientific computer infrastructure as a

Research and Education IT Developer (0.8-1.0 fte)

Key responsibilities
Your main responsibilities are to maintain the scientific computer infrastructure, provide user support and develop new tools for researchers at the Institute Lorentz, the theoretical physics group of the Leiden Institute of Physics. The IT environment is heavily based on the UNIX/Linux operating system and includes bulk storage devices and a high-performance computing cluster. Together with other members of our small flexible team, you develop and implement tools for office automation and research. Daily tasks include:

  • Account management and user support for the Institute Lorentz;
  • Maintenance of the Institute Lorentz computing facilities;
  • Maintain and expand the high-performance computing cluster;
  • Investigate and develop long term storage solutions for physics research data;
  • Keep the infrastructure secure without impacting the usability of the systems.

An ideal candidate should have/be:

  • Knowledge of and experience with complex Linux/UNIX (virtual) environments;
  • Experience with one or more of the following packages: C, Django, Keycloak, OpenOnDemand, Python, PHP, Slurm;
  • Academic work and thinking level;
  • Fluent use of English in speech and writing;
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in an academic environment;
  • Team Player

We offer
A flexible working environment in a small team with significant freedom to support and develop tools that will enable world class research undertaken at the physics department.

The position starts by [as soon as possible]. We offer a position permanently. You will be appointed in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The salary ranges from € 3.226,- to € 5.090,- gross per month, depending on experience (pay scale 10).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see .

Where will you be working?
The STRW/LION ICT group provides the educational and research IT support for two departments of the Leiden University Faculty of Science: the Leiden Observatory and the Leiden Institute of Physics. The team consists of a small number of highly trained people that have in-depth knowledge of astronomical and physics research and its requirements on IT. The strength of the STRW/LION IT group is the close contact collaboration with the scientists and the versatility of its members.

The Faculty of Science at Leiden University is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelors’ and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and over 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

Leiden University is one of Europe’s leading international research universities.

Thanks to its committed and inspired employees, the university enjoys a leading role in academic research and education. Leiden also scores very well every year in prominent rankings. This means that, to maintain our position, the bar is set very high. Regardless of the work you do at our university, you are always encouraged to broaden your horizons, develop your talents and reach your full potential. Will you become our newest colleague?

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

More information
Do you have questions about this position? Please contact Dr. Bram Venemans, ICT group STRW/LION via e-mail or phone 071-5278469.

You can find more information about the faculty of Science at For more information about working at Leiden university please visit .

Are you enthusiastic about this vacancy? We are looking forward to get to know you. Please apply using the button at the bottom of the page. The closing date is October 15, 2023. Please ensure that you include the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Full curriculum vitae;
  • Contact details of at least three persons who can be contacted for reference.

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