Software Developer for Health Research

Software Developer for Health Research

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18 Mar 8 Apr Wageningen

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Job description

Are you a skilled Software Engineer with interest in the field of Nutrition & Health? If you thrive in a collaborative environment and enjoy developing software solutions for cutting-edge research, we invite you to join our team at Wageningen University and fill our vacancy for software engineer! Will you accept our challenge?

What will you do?
As a Software Engineer in our Human Nutrition & Health division, you will be a part of our research team. Your role will involve working closely with our researchers to understand their software requirements designing and implementing technical solutions. Together with our data scientists and machine learning experts you will help integrate our models and algorithms into a software solution that further benefits our research goals. This may be by app development or other technical solutions that add value to our goals.

There will be ample room for your own ideas, input and initiative. Wageningen University also offers a unique opportunity for professional development through access to courses at our university.

To get a sample of our types of technologies and the sort of research you could be working on, please have a look at some of our projects such as the Dietary assessment toolkit, Me, my diet and I or the Hungry Robots Lab. Please also have a look at this video:

Among others, your duties and responsibilities include:
  • collaborate with researchers in the Division of Human Nutrition & Health to identify software requirements and challenges;
  • collaborate with data scientists and machine learning experts to integrate machine learning models into custom software solutions;
  • develop and implement software solutions to support various research tasks, emphasizing usability and functionality;
  • design tools for data analysis, visualization, and other research-related activities;
  • provide technical support to researchers, troubleshoot software issues, and optimize existing applications;
  • stay informed about the latest developments in software engineering and technology relevant to our research domain.


Wageningen University & Research


You are/have:
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence or a related field;
  • proven experience in software development, preferably in a research setting;
  • proficiency in programming languages such as Python, Java, or C++;
  • strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team;
  • excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal.
  • eagerness to learn and adapt to new technologies and research methodologies.

In our international working environment there is an increasing amount of communication in English. For this position it is about language level C1. If you do not yet have this level, we will of course help you and you can go to our language center Wageningen in'to Language

You can see that there are plenty of challenges ahead of you. These challenges can also be seen as development opportunities. So if you do not yet have the exact track-record required in the vacancy, but do have solid work experience, we would also like to invite you to apply.

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, 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 €5247,- and €6737,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 12). Additionally, a contract for 32 hours a week 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 19th 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 for example helping your partner to find a job, housing, or schooling.

Finally, certain categories of international staff may be eligible for a tax exemption on a part of their salary during the first five years in the Netherlands.


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, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 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!

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


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Food
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €5247—€6737 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • P1461022-1


Wageningen University & Research

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