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Research Software Engineer

Job description

Modern (molecular) biology rests on the generation, sharing, and integrated analysis of digital data. As life-sciences datasets grow larger and increasingly multidimensional, the computational resources required to process and analyze these “big data” frequently outgrow the capabilities of researchers. A powerful and flexible data analysis platform is key to pursue competitive and collaborative research.

  • will assist in the implementation of specific data analysis workflows in the framework of our national and international activities,
  • will be responsible for designing and implementing use cases to further optimize the use of the platform,
  • will assess the needs of our community and find the most efficient approach to tackle these, making use of our current services and/or implementing new features when needed,
  • will be in close contact with researchers to evaluate their user experiences on the platform,
  • will work closely with the ELIXIR Belgium team, more specifically with our Galaxy developers and data scientists, and with the global Galaxy community
  • Profile


  • Bachelor or Master in computer science, bioinformatics, (bio)engineering, biotechnology or equivalent
  • Demonstrated programming experience in Python
  • Hands-on experience with Linux/Unix environments
  • Experience with code versioning systems git
  • Willing and able to learn and implement new technologies
  • Fluent in English, with good communication skills
  • User-oriented attitude with a focus on service delivery
  • Able to work both independently as well as in a team 
  • Desirable but not required

  • Demonstrated experience with (some of) the mentioned platforms or technologies is an asset
  • Experience with working on a compute cluster is an asset
  • Experience with cloud computing is a plus
  • Experience with containers is a plus
  • Demonstrated activity in Open Source development is considered a plus
  • Knowledge or background in life-sciences is considered an advantage
  • We offer

  • A full-time position for 2 years initially. This is part of the long-term strategy for funding research infrastructures in Flanders, therefore prolongation is envisaged pending the successful renewal of the national project
  • Participation in the building of a future-proof, user-friendly ecosystem of a platform for data analysis open to all researchers, at the forefront of the developments in the European Open Science Cloud
  • An exciting international environment, engaging with the large life-sciences network across Europe of ELIXIR and the global Galaxy community
  • The workplace is the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology (Ghent, Belgium)
  • About the institute and research infrastructure

    The ELIXIR consortium (

    The VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology (PSB,

    The bioinformatics research groups at PSB develop novel software and web tools for the integration of large-scale data sets in the area of genomics, transcriptomic, and phenomics for which an extensive computational infrastructure is available on site. PSB coordinates the Belgian ELIXIR Node, more information on

    Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.

    Offer Requirements


    Professional Certification

    Research Software Engineer

    Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Ghent
    Contract Type: 
    Software Engineer, Software Engineer, IT, Engineering
    Degree Level: 
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