R&D Software Engineer

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14 augustus 2019
Locatie Wageningen
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We are looking for

Do you have a passion for crafting software applications that contribute to a better world? We at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research are working to create sustainable solutions to provide better food for more people. The applied research group Food Informatics is using new and innovative digital techniques to make that happen! So we are looking for a pro-active and experienced software engineer in our team who is responsible for software development in our research projects.
Food Informatics is the domain that deals with digitising information from all parts of food production and consumption, combining data from various sources with expert knowledge to enable smart, new applications. In our research projects we make this information digitally available using (among others), rule-based systems, semantics, (no-)SQL databases, web-based UIs, machine learning, and other artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. Prototype software applications are created and made available for demonstration and verification. Examples are a decision support system for quality management of strawberries and a decision model that provides meal advice based on nutritional and health rules, taking into account personal characteristics and preferences.
Together with other team members and external partners you develop the prototype applications to validate the knowledge models that are developed within Food Informatics. You will develop the software for research projects from design to implementation. When parts needs to be outsourced, you can manage this process, keeping up to date on the progress achieved by our partners and adjusting priorities when necessary. You keep up with technological developments of frontend and backend frameworks. The Food Informatics group is an informal working environment with the freedom to organise your work and the expectation that you take your responsibility in reaching your goals.
Important tasks of the Software Engineer are:

  • As a team member, you are responsible to develop and maintain the prototype software applications of our research projects:
  • You are involved in each project from the early start to look for suitable technical solutions and to add maximum value to the customer and research questions of the projects;
  • You connect to other software engineers and researchers in our team and in the Wageningen University and Research (WUR) community to align best practices;
  • You are able to work in agile and iterative projects in which we prototype solutions in sprints;
  • You are able to carefully trade-off between quickly prototyping an application and sufficiently taking care of scalability, maintainability, and security.

We ask

  • You have a BSc or MSc in computer science, information science, artificial intelligence, or a related discipline with a strong software engineering background and an affinity for agrifood;
  • You are a teammate who is experienced in using a structured approach to complex software engineering projects with an agile way of working;
  • You have experience in developing software in Java, using Spring and Hibernate;
  • You are experienced in using dependency and version management techniques (Git, SVN, Maven, NPM, NVM, etc…).;• You have knowledge of webserver configuration. Experience with Apache and Apache Tomcat is preferred;
  • Knowledge of front-end technologies and frameworks (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Angular, Node.js, Vue.js, etc.) and setting up web-development environments is preferred;
  • Knowledge of semantic web technology (e.g., RDF) and triple stores like Sesame and rdf4j is an advantage.

We offer

We offer you a meaningful job with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary and a full working week of 36 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Wageningen Research. You also have the opportunity to work 40 hours a week with additional holidays.

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural end-of-year bonus of 3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 171 vacation hours, the possibility to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • the possibility to work a maximum of 40 hours per week and in this way build up a maximum of 204 compensation hours per year;
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus.
Our University stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.

More information

For more information about this function, please contact Henk Wensink, R&D manager Food Informatics & Supply Chain Management, telephone 0317 485586 or by e-mail; For additional information about the procedure, please contact Wilma Jansen, HR advisor, e-mail:

We are looking forward to receiving your application via the button on top of this page before September 10th  2019.

We are

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research develops insights and technologies that support industries, governments, and research institutes to create innovative solutions for a healthier, more sustainable, and prosperous world. Together with our clients we develop healthy and tasty food, truly-sustainable food chains, and chemicals and materials that use biomass instead of fossil resources. Our in-depth knowledge of the entire chain, from raw materials through processing to end product, drives our approach.
We make smart connections between various disciplines to explore complex issues from different perspectives. Through a combination of intelligent analyses and pragmatic invention, we find solutions for these issues. Grounded in science and business, our researchers bring a no-nonsense attitude to their work. We investigate and develop at all stages: upscaling from lab to pilot and from initial idea to production processes that deliver real products for our customers. We have direct access to the latest scientific findings and have a firm grasp of what modern technology offers. Every day, we work with national and global companies, governments and other research institutes to create innovative solutions; now and in the future.

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is one of the Contract Research Organizations of Wageningen University & Research, with the aim to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 members of staff and 10,000 students, we are world leader in its domain. An integral way of working and cooperation between the exact sciences, the technological and social disciplines are key to its approach.

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