Software Developer

The University of Twente, Faculty ITC wishes to increase the number of women in the faculty in order to have a more balanced staff profile. During all phases of the selection process, we will therefore prioritize selecting women who fit the profile.

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  • Hours
    40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 3,226 - € 4,036
  • Deadline
    7 Oct 2023

New affordable in-situ sensors are part of the Internet of Things (IoT) and enable us to build denser environmental sensor networks that measure phenomena more efficiently which vary greatly in space and time, such as air or noise pollution. However, such dense wireless sensor networks can put additional strain on bandwidth in areas with less network coverage, and they threaten citizens' privacy. One solution is to move the processing and analysis of collected geodata to the sensors. This type of edge computing has been made possible by advances in deep learning methods on embedded hardware, e.g., Tensorflow Lite for microcontrollers.

You will support our ambitions by working together with colleagues from several departments on projects that use small, affordable sensors (embedded devices) to collect environmental data and submit this data wirelessly. This position will therefore advance our understanding of processing geodata on the (network) edge and combine different geodata sources (remote and in-situ) in reproducible, distributed (networked) workflows. More specifically, you will advance the state-of-the-art in embedded devices and Internet of Things technologies (hardware platforms, network protocols) by designing software solutions for environmental sensing using diverse open hardware platforms, adapting and implementing major developments in the application of machine learning / AI on embedded devices, and propose and implement new workflows that incorporate IoT technology in research and capacity development projects.

Your profile

  • A relevant diploma in a related field (e.g., software development, computer science) proving knowledge and skills at HBO (higher vocational/professional education) level or university level
  • Experience in assembling and running devices built with embedded hardware (e.g., Arduino, Nvidia Jetson (Nano))
  • Experience or demonstrable potential with AI-based edge computing for analysis-ready data production from IoT sensors
  • Programming skills to develop custom open-source solutions for those devices (e.g., C, Python)
  • Good command of English (both in speech and writing)
  • Good interpersonal skills (i.e., adapting to content and target audience)
  • A pro-active teamwork mentality with good coordination skills

Our offer

  • An inspiring multidisciplinary, international and academic environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda
  • Position for initially one year (full-time), after which your position can become permanent, subject to a successful evaluation
  • Gross monthly salary between € 3.226,- and € 4.036,- (depending on experience and qualifications, job profile Developer ICT level 3). This is the maximum start salary with growth opportunities
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for professional and personal development
  • A solid pension scheme
  • A total of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment
  • Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed

Information and application

For more information, you can contact Frank Ostermann (e-mail: or Karin Pfeffer ( You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 7 October 2023 . Your application has to include (i) a letter outlining your motivation and fit for the position, and (ii) a CV.  Job interviews will be held in week 42 (1st round) and week 44 (2nd round).

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About the department

The Department of Geo-information Processing (GIP) is a multi-disciplinary scientific department that develops computational methods for processing spatiotemporal data, which in turn are used to build models, visualizations and information systems to improve our understanding of dynamic spatial systems and to help in decision-making at multiple spatial and temporal scales. GIP is not tied to a single application domain but develops generic geo-information and geo-products that are widely applicable.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation. Our mission is capacity development, where we apply, share and facilitate the effective use of geo-information and earth observation knowledge and tools for tackling global wicked problems. Our purpose is to enable our many partners around the world to track and trace the impact – and the shifting causes and frontiers – of today’s global challenges. Our vision is of a world in which researchers, educators, and students collaborate across disciplinary and geographic divides with governmental and non-governmental organisations, institutes, businesses, and local populations to surmount today’s complex global challenges and to contribute to sustainable, fair, and digital societies.

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Ostermann, F.O. (Frank)

Ostermann, F.O. (Frank)
Associate Professor

Ostermann, F.O. (Frank)
Associate Professor

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Step 1

When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

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Step 2

The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

Step 4

2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

Step 5

The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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Curious about were the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) stands for? Check out the ITC website for more information.

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