Bioinformatics scientific software engineer

Bioinformatics scientific software engineer

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Job description

As a bioinformatics scientific software engineer in the Wageningen University Bioinformatics Group, you will contribute to the development and dissemination of software tools for -omics data analysis and thereby contribute to scientific research. Your duties and responsibilities include:
  • supporting staff and students in creating robust and sustainable software
  • providing training on software development topics like version control and virtualization
  • maintaining -omics analysis software hosted by the group
  • aiding in refactoring or integrating existing workflows
  • promoting and organizing data stewardship (making our research data FAIR)

This position offers the opportunity to develop a career in education in scientific software development, closely connected to state-of-the-art research. You will work in Wageningen in a group with enthusiastic staff, ~30 postdocs and PhD students and ~20 MSc students in an open, relaxed atmosphere. You will be supported in life-long learning and encouraged to seize opportunities to develop yourself further.
Are you interested in joining our team? We look forward to your application.


Wageningen University & Research


You are interested in contributing to scientific research, working on software related to -omics analyses, and have a bioinformatics background. You also possess:
  • a BSc or MSc degree in bioinformatics, software engineering or a closely related field
  • proficiency in scripting languages like Python and R, and object-oriented programming
  • good communication skills
  • proficiency in working on the Linux command line
  • affinity with scientific research and education
  • sufficient English language proficiency
  • experience with containerization (docker/Apptainer)
  • experience with continuous testing and integration
  • knowledge of software design and architecture is a bonus

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3,098.- and € 4,257.- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 9). A contract for 0.8 FTE can be discussed. Initially, we offer you a one-year contract, which will then be extended to an open-ended contract if there is mutual enthusiasm. Of course, we would be happy to discuss this with you if you have any questions.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. 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.
Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.


Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

You will work here
The Wageningen University Bioinformatics Group focuses on fundamental and applied bioinformatics research in the green life sciences. We develop and apply novel computational methods for the analysis and integration of -omics data, and maintain a range of widely used software tools. The group supports open-source software, the FAIR Data principles and collaborative software development. We use git for software version control and Snakemake for workflow management. Our software is written in various languages including Python, Java and R, and runs primarily on Linux servers.

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • IT
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Higher professional education
  • P1217071-1


Wageningen University & Research

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