Team Lead/ Senior Developer - DANS

Team Lead/ Senior Developer - DANS

Published Deadline Location
1 Jul 30 Sep Den Haag
You will be leading three developers (Integration Systems Team, IST) focused on Python and Javascript-based services and applications. Within DANS, you will be joining 20 colleagues in the Technology Section and report to the CTO.

Job description

What you'll be doing

You will be leading three developers (Integration Systems Team, IST) focused on Python and Javascript-based services and applications. Within DANS, you will be joining 20 colleagues in the Technology Section and report to the CTO.

The focus of the development work is on creation and implementation of API services, web applications, and workflow integration in the field of Research Data Management. The IST is participating in several national and EU-funded projects, and as such, you will collaborate and interact with users, developers and systems architects within the broader EU context of Research Data Management. Your own work will focus on solution design in an Agile development environment, coding and implementation of selected components and elements, and code review. The CTO, in collaboration with others, provides high-level requirements, specifications and architecture for the team's work.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


What we expect

You have ideally completed a tertiary education in Computer Science or Engineering, but individuals with extensive coding experience - in the order of 5 years or more - will also be welcome to apply.

You are motivated, flexible, and focused on results. Workable knowledge of the English language will be an asset; proficiency in Dutch is expected. You are knowledgeable about and demonstrably experienced in the following:
  • Project-based work in a team environment
  • Python and Javascript programming
  • Full-stack developer with good front-end skills and experience
  • Git and repository/ package management
  • Standardised APIs, such as OpenAPI and Swagger
  • Test-driven and agile development, JIRA experience
  • Databases:
    • Relational Databases (PostgreSQL, MySQL, …)
    • NoSQL Databases
  • Frameworks and Libraries
    • Django
  • Other
    • Kubernetes or Docker
Experience with any of the following will be an asset:
  • Team lead experience and distributed team collaboration
  • Working with automated workflow, for example using Apache Airflow
  • Experience with graph databases (GraphDB, neo4j, and similar) and knowledge representation using triples (RDF, SKOS)
  • Exposure to research data infrastructure and standards-driven systems - especially metadata standards for one or more scientific domains
  • Working with Django or similar frameworks, experience using vue.js
  • Experience with Systems documentation and reporting
  • Programming
    • PHP
  • Systems
    • Research Data Repositories (DSpace, Dataverse, …)
    • Content Management Systems (Wagtail, dotCMS, , Wordpress, …)
  • Frameworks and Libraries
    • node.js, Vue.js, React
    • GraphQL
  • Other
    • Jupyter Notebooks, AI and ML

Conditions of employment

Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is € 4.818 and the maximum salary is € 6.181 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale12 cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). 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.

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.

We will not respond to any supplier enquiries based on this job advertisement.



About DANS
DANS Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS-KNAW) is the Dutch national centre of expertise and repository for research data. We are a service provider that helps researchers to make their data available for reuse. This allows other scientists to use the data for new research and makes published research verifiable and reproducible. With more than 180,000 datasets, dozens of European projects and a staff of 60, DANS is among the leading data repositories in Europe.

Working at DANS means working in an informal and international environment where colleagues from diverse backgrounds work together to achieve organizational goals and where people receive confidence and room to execute, develop and grow. Internally, we apply the same principles as we do with our services: we are accessible, reliable and innovative.


Tech Section

Where you'll be working
DANS offers a pleasant working environment, where a motivated and collaborative team of research data experts and engineers is committed to Open Science and FAIR data. At DANS, we particularly value initiative, professionalism, result orientation, reliability, and collaboration. We appreciate a lively atmosphere among colleagues and attach great importance to mutual knowledge exchange. Personal development is not forgotten and staff satisfaction is high.

DANS employs about 20 colleagues in the Technology Section, responsible for our technology R&D, systems development, platform provisioning, and systems engineering.

Additional information

Need to know more? Send an email to or make a call to Nathalie van Bladeren at number 06-23513404.


  • IT
  • Engineering
  • 32—38 hours per week
  • €4629—€5943 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • 944


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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Make sure to apply no later than 30 Sep 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).