IT specialist Research Data management

IT specialist Research Data management

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30 May 17 Jun Wageningen

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Job description

Do you want to be at the forefront of developing technologies that support significant research initiatives? Join us to shape the future of research data management and make a real impact in the scientific community. We value creativity, continuous learning, and the unique contributions of each team member. It's an exciting job as your activities will vary significantly. Keep reading, as we offer a competitive salary and an excellent work-life balance.

Our IT department, consisting of 200 employees, is responsible for providing a modern ICT environment for education and research. We work in multidisciplinary teams to tackle current challenges in the areas of digitalization, self-service, security, data management, high-performance computing, and cloud strategy. As such, there are plenty of development and career opportunities available for specialists at various levels.

We are looking for an IT specialist for one of our dynamic IT teams. This team is dedicated to enhancing and maintaining our advanced research data management platform. Their work primarily centers around iRODS, integrated with modern technologies such as Kubernetes, Docker, GitLab CI, Ansible, Python, and more. The team is committed to supporting our researchers and improving our IT infrastructure to facilitate cutting-edge research.

You will have the following tasks and responsibilities:
  • Develop, configure, and maintain the iRODS platform to meet organizational needs;
  • Write and maintain clear, concise documentation for systems and processes;
  • Develop code, scripts, and tests to enhance functionality and reliability;
  • Lead deployment efforts and manage continuous integration and deployment pipelines;
  • Monitor system performance using tools like Prometheus and Grafana, and optimize as necessary;
  • Collaborate with researchers and other IT groups within the organization to gather requirements and deliver solutions that support research activities;
  • Engage with third-party vendors and partners to enhance platform capabilities;

Provide training and support to end-users, improving their interaction with the platform


Wageningen University & Research


Of course you have experience as a IT specialist and a strong understanding of research data management systems; Further more:
  • You have a bachelor degree in IT;
  • You have at least three years of experience in scripting languages such as Python and Bash and understanding of SQL and database management;
  • You have experience with configuration management tools (e.g Ansible), monitoring tools, container orchestration using Kubernetes and Docker;
  • You have excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • 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 hours by working more, per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • 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. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between € 4.344 and € 5.737 for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 11). Additionally, a contract for 0.8 fte can be discussed.

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 multi-faceted 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.

Because we expect you to work and live in the Netherlands 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

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!


  • IT
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • Higher professional education
  • P1531084-1


Wageningen University & Research

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