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Research Software Engineer/ Scientist

The TechMed Centre at the University of Twente is looking for a Research Software Engineer / Scientist (0.6 – 1.0 fte) with advanced programming skills, and an interest in Medical Imaging Research and biomedical computing, who helps to further develop and manage our XNAT environment.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours 24 - 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 3,098 - € 4,257
  • Deadline 28 Sep 2022

You will mainly be working in a multidisciplinary team which provides assistance to research groups, teachers and students located at the faculties of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) and Science and Technology (S&T). Both faculties have research groups in the Health Domain that work with Imaging Data. These groups use mathematics, electronics and computer technology to conduct their pioneering research. The researchers often work together with industrial partners and other researchers, in both the Netherlands and abroad. Examples of research groups are:

The TechMed Research Support Team will be your partner in coordinating your tasks.

The research projects are carried out in cooperation with the Technical Medical (TechMed) Centre institute. TechMed Centre is a leading Innovation Hub impacting healthcare by excellent research, innovation and educational programs. It is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, ranging from research labs, preclinical testbeds and simulated hospital environments. Alongside these facilities the TechMed Centre, in cooperation with the centralised IT department LISA, hosts their own Imaging Data Storage Solution called “XNAT”.

You will work with main research software such as the XNAT platform (eXtensible Neuroimaging Archive Toolkit) and R.  The work will focus on the following areas:

Specific tasks:

External coordination / collaboration

Your profile

You have 3 to 4 years working experience in an environment of software development for research where exploring, novelty, creativity, intelligent solutions, the use of open source tools and attitude to open source the code you create are core matters. You are capable of training scientists in data science and coding skills, using principles such as in the Carpentry programmes. The position requires you to take ownership and to be pro-active in performing your tasks. In return you will receive a high degree of freedom in planning your work.


Bachelor or MSc in Computer Science. Optional: physics, mathematics, computational biology or a closely related field. Alternatively, you can deliver evidence of your capacities in another manner.

Personal Skills:

  • communication skills: connect with researchers, find out which research questions users want to ask and how the platform can help answer them
  • proactive
  • analytical
  • problem solver
  • must be fluent in English (at least C1 level), basic Dutch a must

Knowledge / experience ‘must have’

  • programming skills including Java and Python
  • RESTful services

Knowledge / experience ‘nice to have’

  • computing in a medical field
  • image data processing, DICOM in particular
  • previous experience programming for the XNAT platform
  • ability to deliver software tool packages that can be understood, extended and executed by a range of end-users
  • experience in data integration & visualization

Our offer

  • at first a contract for at least one year
  • 24 to 40 hours per week
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU)
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 3.098,- to € 4.257,-
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid)

Information and application

If you have any questions please contact Henk Swaters (h.w.swaters@utwente.nl, tel:+31 (0)53 489 4987) or Krijn Tiek (TechMed Centre, k.tiek@utwente.nl, tel: +31 (0)53 489 5789).

We would like to invite you to send your application before the 28th of September via the 'Apply now' button, and include:

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About the organization

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

About the TNW Faculty

Curious about what the Faculty of Science and Technology (TNW) stands for? Check out the Science and Technology website for more information.

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Tiek, K. (Krijn)

Tiek, K. (Krijn)
Applied Physicists and Data Software Engineer

Tiek, K. (Krijn)
Applied Physicists and Data Software Engineer

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