Two Structured Data Engineers - junior and senior - KNAW Humanities Cluster - Amsterdam

Two Structured Data Engineers - junior and senior - KNAW Humanities Cluster - Amsterdam

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12 Feb 4 Mar Amsterdam

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Are you a Software Engineer with a big interest in data wrangling and love creating stable production code? Do you like full stack development and know/want to know about linked data? Do you also like languages and/or history a bit?

Job description

Then this job opening might be just the right fit for you, and we invite you to send us a message about our vacancy.

The Digital Infrastructure (DI) department at the KNAW Humanities Cluster in Amsterdam is looking for two:

Structured Data Engineers, 38 hours per week (0,8 - 1.0 FTE).

Job description:
We are looking for new people to strengthen our development teams. We design and build open source software that allows our academic colleagues in the humanities and social sciences to address new research questions using innovative new technical methods. This research draws on large, rich, and heterogeneous humanities data collections and carves its place in the evolving (European) research infrastructures. We welcome applications from (aspiring) research software engineers who can help us to manage data about millions of entities and their multi-faceted views found in museums, libraries, and archives.

Typically, you will be working with datasets of an historical or linguistic nature. This leads to a high degree of diversity, ranging from unstructured blobs of text to highly structured personalia and everything in between. These datasets are valuable research assets and need to be safely stored, curated and made accessible, which all are within the responsibility of our team. We often also build the frontend to create and serve the data to the generic public or the scientific community. This makes our work span the full stack from storage to browser.

Formally you will be part of the structured data team, in a department made up of a group of circa 30, generally awesome, international, smart people. You will work together with humanities and social science researchers from the three Humanities Cluster institutes.

Why work at the KNAW Humanities Cluster?
The Digital Infrastructure (DI) department is a great place to work. It has one of the largest software teams in Europe at the intersection of humanities research and IT. We work on national and international infrastructures with unique data from leading institutes in the Netherlands and abroad. It is a unique environment where research, data and software always go hand in hand. All our code is published under an open-source license. The department is a part of the Humanities Cluster (HuC) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The HuC was formed in 2016 by three internationally leading research institutes in the social sciences and humanities: The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, the Meertens Institute, and the International Institute for Social History (IISH). We welcome and support a variety of development & networking opportunities, such as presenting and publishing the results of your work, working with engineers in different teams and areas of expertise, or engaging directly with researchers in the humanities cluster who developing new projects and grant applications.

More information:
For more information about the job, please contact Menzo Windhouwer (click on the name to send your information request), lead developer for team structured data. You can find more information about the KNAW Humanities Cluster on our website.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


Skills we are looking for:
  • Python and/or Java and JavaScript/TypeScript;
  • Data management using a wide range of DBMSs, e.g., PostgreSQL, MariaDB, NOSQL, triple stores;
  • Linked Data/Semantic Web experience will be highly valuable; Fluency in English (Dutch is appreciated).

Some other things that are useful but can be learned: Docker, Kubernetes, React, html, git, bash, and Linux in general.

Next to these requirements, we ask that you live and are registered in The Netherlands.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 12 months.

Terms of employment

The appointment at the HuC Digital Infrastructure department is for 38 hours a week for an initial period of 12 months. Depending on your qualifications and experience, the salary amounts to at least € 2.960,00 and € 4.670,00 (scale 10, CAO NU) or

€ 3.974,00 and € 5.439,00 gross per month (scale 11, CAO NU) for full-time employment. This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP. The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment).

For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.

Applying for a Certificate of Good Conduct can be part of the employment procedure.

Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.

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KNAW Humanities Cluster

About HuC
The KNAW Humanities Cluster stands for innovative and interdisciplinary research in the humanities and heritage sector.
KNAW Humanities Cluster is a collaboration of three KNAW institutes: Huygens Institute for the History and Culture of the Netherlands, International Institute of Social History (IISH) and Meertens Institute. In these institutes, we conduct pioneering and excellent humanities research (history, ethnology, literature, linguistics) using innovative methods in which informatics plays an important role. The business office of the KNAW Humanities Cluster supports these three institutes, as well as the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD), in their operational management. The KNAW Humanities Cluster has placed its operational management in a central business office and has a joint department for Digital Infrastructure, a Digital Humanities Lab and NL Lab.


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  • Assistant professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • Higher professional education +
  • 1996


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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