Netherlands: Scientific Programmer – Software Engineer

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The System and Network Engineering (SNE) group conducts research in the area of cross-domain network and Grid/Cloud resource provisioning, optical and hybrid networking, network and application security, and resource descriptions using semantic web and programmable networks for the Future Internet.

The SNE group is involved in a number of national and EU funded projects contributing to the development of novel concepts in the area of policy based access control for on-demand provisioned Grid/Cloud computing resources and the underlying optical network infrastructure.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic programmer who will participate in the EU-funded project Geyser. Geyser focuses on new models for the Future Internet. It will deliver a generalized architecture for dynamic infrastructure services; it will specify and implement a novel optical network architecture able to support ‘Optical Network + Any-IT’ resource provisioning seamlessly and efficiently. Geyser is a three-year project that will run until the end of 2012.


The major tasks will be the development of an information model based on Semantic Web. This information model will be used as a basis for the Logical Infrastructure Composition Layer and other services interoperability in the overall GEYSER architecture. The successful candidate will also contribute to define the generic Complex Resource Provisioning framework that will be used in the Geyser collaboration.


Candidates should have experience with Semantic Web, the development of ontologies and the creation of software tools that use these semantic descriptions. The successful candidate will first familiarize with previous research of the SNE group on the topic, upon which further developments and improvements will be based. Interest in networking is a plus.

The successful candidate is expected to have a proactive attitude, be able to coordinate work with remote partners and to actively contribute in this international collaboration. Applicants should preferably have a Master’s degree or equivalent experience.

Conditions of employment

The appointment will be full-time (38 hours a week) for a period of two and a half years.

The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the University regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2,492 up to a maximum of  €3,755 (salary scale 9/10) depending on qualifications and on the number of years of professional experience. Employees receive an 8% holiday bonus on top of the monthly salaries. The collective employment agreement of Dutch universities is applicable.

Contract type



Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam is one of Europe’s foremost institutions of higher education and research in its chosen fields of specialization. It plays an active role in international science networks and collaborates with universities and industry. The Faculty has approximately 2,500 students and 1,500 staff members spread over 4 departments and 10 research institutes. Each institute has its own research program, a substantial part of which is externally funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Dutch government, the EU and various private enterprises.

In March 2009, a large part of the Faculty moved to new premises in the Science Park Amsterdam; the entire Faculty will be located there by the end of 2010. The move will make the Park one of the largest centres of academic research in the Netherlands.

Additional information

Information related to the Geyser project can be found at the project website:

For further information about this position you can email:

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