System Network Engineer (@DACS)

System Network Engineer (@DACS)

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12 Apr 19 May Maastricht

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Job description

When computer systems are all you can think of (or at least most of the time) and you are excited to get the best out of a system by constantly fine-tuning it, you are the person we are looking for!

DACS (the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences) part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering is growing fast. In September 2023, we successfully launched our bachelor in Computer Science and we now provide education to more than 1100 bachelor and master students in the field of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science. And you understand that this type of education comes with the necessary hardware and network systems. We are currently in the process of setting up a completely new infrastructure and that is why we are looking for talented a System Network Engineer to join our department.

Job description:
In this role, you will be responsible for designing, monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting our computer systems and networks and for providing technical support to ensure seamless operations. Building the systems environment with a combination of standard open source components, custom services, and bespoke integrations, you will be a linking pin between staff, students, and computing environment. You combine a hands-on ‘DevOps’ approach with an innate feeling for system operations the educational programme can rely on.

You will be working on:
  • Computer Systems and Networks: Design, configure, and maintain computer hardware, operating systems, applications, and network infrastructure.
  • Technical Support: Provide direct technical assistance to faculty, and staff, addressing hardware and software issues.
  • Troubleshooting and Diagnostics: Diagnose and resolve system and network problems, identifying and solving hardware or software faults, suggest structural improvements to systems and systems architecture, but also replacing parts as required.
  • Documentation and Training: Develop and maintain comprehensive documentation for system configurations and provide training to end-users and staff as needed.
  • Technology Evaluation: Test and evaluate new technologies and provide recommendations for their potential implementation within the educational environment.

  • Degree in computer science, or related discipline with strong computer network components.
  • 3 years of experience in computer systems and network engineering, technical support, and troubleshooting.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills in English (Dutch is a plus).

Additionally we would like it if you have
  • Strong knowledge of computer hardware, operating systems (preferably including at least Linux or a BSD variant), and networking technologies (TCP/IP, routing protocols, VLANs, wireless networking).
  • Familiarity with server systems, storage devices, backup solutions, and virtualization technologies.
  • Experience working in a self-directed or ‘DevOps’ environment, integrating software and hardware.
  • Familiarity with configuration management tools (such as Ansible, SaltStack, Puppet, &c)
  • Scripting in multiple languages, systems programming, and automation are part of your standard toolbox.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, with the ability to work under pressure and prioritize multiple tasks.

Do not be put off applying if you do not have all skills described, the important qualities are enthusiasm and passion for computer science.

What we offer
As System Network Engineer at Faculty of Science & Engineering
, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:
  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale 10-11 according to UFO profile Education and Research Technician, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €3226,00 and €5929,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 12 months with a scope of 1,0 FTE. Upon proven suitability, the employment contract will be converted to an indefinite contract.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.
    The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.

Maastricht University
Why work at Maastricht University?
At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

Click here for more information about UM.

Faculty of Science and Engineering
At the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), we focus on themes such as circularity and sustainability, future farming, digitisation and (scientific) instrument development. FSE's leading projects, like the Einstein Telescope Pathfinder, are sure to grab anyone's attention. The faculty is a vibrant hub of education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). At FSE, over 450 staff members and 3700 students gather to explore e exciting interdisciplinary research and educational programmes. Feel welcome, be part of our team and put your brilliant mind to work!

FSE at the Brightlands Campuses

Maastricht, Sittard-Geleen, Heerlen, and Venlo, the home of four creative Brightlands campuses, are bustling with 30,000 entrepreneurs, researchers, and students working diligently to solve global challenges. The Faculty of Science and Engineering is active on all four Brightlands campuses, and this is where our impact reaches its peak. To give you an idea of what is happening at each campus: Sittard-Geleen is home to the largest chemical site in the Euregion, while Venlo is a large hub for agri-food innovation. Maastricht is the site of the Health Campus, and Heerlen is the place to be for Smart Services.

Department of Advanced Computing Sciences
The Department of Advanced Computing Sciences is Maastricht University’s largest and oldest department broadly covering the fields of artificial intelligence, data science, computer science, mathematics and robotics.

Over 100 researchers work and study in the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences, whose roots trace back to 1987. The department’s staff teaches more than 1,200 bachelor’s and master’s students in 4 specialized study programmes in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science.

Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Pietro Bonizzi, (programme director bachelor programs) via for more information.

Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new System Network Engineer (@DACS)? Apply now, no later than 05/19/2024, for this position.

Please provide us a single PdF document including:
  1. A curriculum vitae that includes references to previous work (GitHub).
  2. A motivation letter
  3. The names and contact details of at least two persons who can provide recommendation letters.

The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized.

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • Technical and laboratory
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3226—€5929 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • 863


Maastricht University (UM)

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