Research Software Engineer for Geospatial and Remote Sensing Applications

Research Software Engineer for Geospatial and Remote Sensing Applications

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13 Mar 15 Apr Delft

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Challenge: Develop algorithms to assess the vulnerability of the built environment.
Change: Use regional-scale analysis of remote sensing data.
Impact: Innovation in urban environment resilience.

Job description

Cities all over the world are suffering the impact of multiple hazards and climate change effects. Our group is developing fundamental and applied research to assess the vulnerability of infrastructure through the integration of large remote sensing datasets with geospatial information and structural models.

As a part of our commitment to innovation and open science, we are seeking a skilled research software engineer to join our team. The ideal candidate will be instrumental in developing and implementing cutting-edge algorithms and software solutions with a focus on Python programming within a GIS environment. This role involves collaborating with a team of researchers and programmers to address complex research questions by creating robust, efficient, and scalable software tools and applications.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and develop innovative algorithms and software tools for research projects, emphasizing Python coding within a GIS framework, e.g. QGIS or ArcGIS software.
  • Adhere to the FAIR principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) in all software development processes to enhance the openness and reproducibility of research outputs.
  • Work closely with multidisciplinary research teams to understand their computational needs, offering technical expertise and programming solutions to meet these requirements effectively.
  • Ensure the seamless integration of developed software and algorithms into broader research workflows, enhancing the efficiency and impact of research projects.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research findings and software tools through comprehensive documentation, and publications. 


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


To be considered for the position you will have:

  • A Master's or PhD degree in a relevant field, i.e. Data Analysis, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Remote Sensing or Civil Engineeing with a computational focus.
  • Demonstrated expertise in Python programming and experience in developing algorithms or software within a GIS environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment, coupled with solid communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Practical experience with version control systems (e.g., Git) and familiarity with open-source software development practices.

We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, especially those who are traditionally underrepresented in academia.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year full time/2 years part time.

  • A salary based on scale 10 of the CAO for Dutch Universities with a minimum of € 3.226,- and a maximum of € 5.090, gross per month based on a fulltime contract (38 hours), plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount with health insurers.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the vitality program.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Civil Engineering & Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource availability, urbanisation and clean water. Our research projects are conducted in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced of the importance of open science and supports its scientists in integrating open science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences
  • 20—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD05147


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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