Researcher in Software Engineering
University of Amsterdam

Researcher in Software Engineer

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Science
Educational level:  Master
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  27 May 2024
Vacancy number:  12917



Are you challenged by creating robust software that can bring AI solutions to clinical practice? The Quantitative Healthcare Analysis (qurAI) group at the Informatics Institute (IvI) is looking for an ambitious research software engineer to join our growing team.


What are you going to do?


In this position you are expected to work closely with researchers to develop infrastructure and applications to support their projects. In a collaboration with Radboud University Medical Center and Amazon Web Services we have developed an open-source MLOps platform for medical imaging,, that is deployed on public cloud and on premises. Your role at qurAI will be to further integrate this platform with the hospitals systems, and further develop it to meet the requirements of the qurAI researchers. In this position, you will be responsible for leading the local development and managing the full lifecycle of the Grand-Challenge platform as well as specific clinically-oriented workstations.


This includes understanding user needs, creating requirements, developing the workstations, integrating research algorithms, automating tests, writing documentation, releasing, and supporting users. You will be also responsible to coordinate and co-supervise the software engineering work in both locations, Amsterdam and Nijmegen, as well as supporting qurAI researchers and coordinating part-time effort of these researchers in the platform. You will be supervised by Clarisa Sanchez (UvA) and James Meakin (RadboudUMC).


Additionally, you will perform as ICT contact person and data steward within the Institute for a small percentage (10%) of your time. ICT contact persons form the bridge between the ICTS and groups within IvI in relation to services that we take from ICTS and is responsible for hardware inventory management. As a data steward, you will assist researchers in their assigned group in data management planning, data storage, and data reposition; and monitor the quantity and quality of research data management in the assigned groups.


What do you have to offer?


Your experience and profile:

  • a degree in STEM or equivalent practical experience
  • experience with developing software that is used by others, any experience developing scientific software or open-source software is a plus
  • demonstrable experience of building software in Python
  • knowledge of web technologies
  • knowledge of dev-ops practices, CI/CD, infrastructure as code, data pipelines
  • experience with integrating with 3rd party APIs
  • practical experience with Django, VueJS, AWS services, Ansible and/or Docker
  • an interest in medical imaging and an understanding of the research and data science process
  • ambitions to lead an engineering team and be an advocate for best software development practises at qurAI


We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the requirements above. We offer a collaborative, international environment with ample opportunities to develop your skills.


Our offer


We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 12 months. The preferred starting date is to be discussed. A permanent contract follows if we assess your performance positive.


The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 4,332 to € 5,929 (scale 11). UvA additionally offers an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. The UFO profile ICT developer 2 is applicable. For this position we can not sponsor a visa. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.


Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park, we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • Multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • Partly paid parental leave;
  • The possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • A pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • The possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • Help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad


Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.


About us


The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 42,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.


The Faculty of Science (FNWI) has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.


The mission of the Informatics Institute (IvI) is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.


The Quantitative Healthcare Analysis (qurAI) is an interfaculty group embedded in the Faculties of Medicine (Department of Biomedical Engineering and Physics - BMEP) and Science (Institute of Informatics -IvI) of the University of Amsterdam, with strong ties with clinical department at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers (Amsterdam UMCs) as well as close collaborations with parties as the Netherlands Cancer Institute. In qurAI we focus on the development and clinical implementation of socially responsible AI innovations in healthcare, so as to become an indispensable part of the Amsterdam ecosystem in the field of AI and healthcare.


Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


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Job application


If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 27 May 2024.


Applications should include the following information (all files apart from your CV should be submitted in one single pdf file):

  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation (please, do not include any reference letters in your application).


Please make sure to provide ALL requested documents mentioned above.


You can use the CV field to upload your resume as a separate pdf document. Use the Cover Letter field to upload the other requested documents, including the motivation letter, as one single pdf file.


A knowledge security check may be part of the selection procedure.
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Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered. Please don’t send any applications by email.


We will invite potential candidates for interviews soon after the expiration of the vacancy.



The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


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