FSE GIZ modeller / software engineer: Interactive Landscape Lab

FSE GIZ modeller / software engineer: Interactive Landscape Lab

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4 Jun 23 Jun Wageningen

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Job description

Farming Systems Ecology is looking for a full-time modeller / software engineer for a large, multidisciplinary, multi stakeholder and strategically valuable set of projects in a foreign aid/development context. These projects are focused on the joint development of a portable Interactive Landscape Lab for catchment level deployment (two sets of paired catchments, Tigray & West Gojam regions, Ethiopia), and a web-based Dashboard for Monitoring and Impact assessment of catchment efforts for use at the national level (Ethiopia wide).

The projects will be executed as a close, iteratively co-designed collaboration of FSE, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), ISRIC and DLR (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Centre) as leading partners. The successful candidate will ensure outputs are co-designed and strategically integrated with the needs of various projects from lead partners as well as aligning with the needs of various stakeholders and other partners including relevant Ethiopian ministries, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, Tigray Agricultural Research Institute, Mekelle University, World Agroforestry Centre, University College Cork, AFER in Northern Ethiopia, CGIAR and CGIAR programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, amongst other stakeholders.

The successful candidate/s will:
  • Develop, adapt and test the scientific models for students and researchers, but also for land-use planners, agricultural entrepreneurs and information officers at home and abroad. These models are used in analyzing and designing innovative methods in agriculture.
  • Use research data and knowledge gathered by junior and senior researchers for the development of the modular approach models and databases.
  • Play a central role in translating knowledge into software: contribute to the specification of requirements, draw up functional and technical designs, build and test databases and models, and finally execute simulations and explorations.
  • Work closely with your own research group, project partners abroad and the international students of Wageningen University.


Wageningen University & Research


Your talents are in the field of design and realization of software and databases. In your work you take initiative, you work closely with others and you are thorough by your approach and aspire to contribute to sustainable development in agriculture.

  1. A degree at academic or poly-tech level (MSc or BSc in computer science or a similar direction).
  1. At least 2 years of experience with object-oriented programming in MS Visual Studio .NET (C#/C++) or Java.
  2. Proven experience with creating and maintaining databases, in particular relational DBs such as MS Access or SQLite, and GIS tools such as ArcGIS or QGIS.
  3. Knowledge of agriculture, landscape management and/or sustainable development in food systems.
  1. Proven affinity for integrative analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative). Experience with programming and/or development of model user interfaces.
  2. Proven affinity with the application of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applications.
  3. Excellent communication skills in for both establishing and maintaining client relationships and for communicating complex technical information to colleagues and public audiences.
  4. Experience with applications of software tools and models to agricultural systems to support sustainable development.
  1. Ability to perform under stress, meet tight timelines and quickly adapt to evolving project.
  2. Sensitive to the requirements of working across multiple cultural working environments.
  3. Affinity for the combination of principles that characterise the FSE group:
    • Diversity of approaches and outcomes, tailored to local conditions;
    • redesign of foodscapes based on ecological processes;
    • equitability and social responsibility;
    • fostering multi-functionality and synergies;
    • engagement, collaboration and reflection.
Essential: Fluency in English (spoken and written) is essential.
Desired: Ability to communicate in German or Amharic.

Conditions of employment

Conditions of employment
We offer you a temporary contract of 28 months (subject to a 12 month probationary period). This may be extended, subject to availability of funding and a satisfactory performance. Gross starting salary from €2.709,= to max €4.274,= per month (scale 10 CAO NU), based on full time employment and dependent on expertise and experience; additional benefits may apply.


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at thespecial career site.

The Farming Systems Ecology (FSE) Group of Wageningen University & Research focuses on the analysis and redesign of farming systems and foodscapes, so that they deliver multiple benefits to humankind, using natural processes as our starting point.

As part of our portfolio, we work on knowledge development for sustainable land use. We analyze and design agricultural systems where we combine food production with strengthening nature, landscape and quality of life. We are looking for an enthusiastic new colleague who, together with us, develops models and databases for research and education.


  • Research, Development, Innovation
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Secondary Vocational higher level
  • 513943


Wageningen University & Research

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