Job: Database/Programming specialist

Job Reference: ESG ISR-0009
Job Title: Database/Programming specialist
Contact Person: Prem Bindraban (tel. 0317-480881)

We are seeking
A dedicated database specialist with extensive and proven programming skills. Major duties: • Responsible for the implementation, maintenance and daily operations of ISRIC’s spatially-enabled World Soil Information System (WOSIS) including development and testing of new procedures for the registration and inclusion of newly acquired data, quality assessment/control and versioning. • Development of web-based services with respect to ISRIC’s function as the ICSU-designated World Data Centre for Soil (includes user interfaces for data export and data import using Web2.0 techniques, Web Mapping Services, Web Feature Services, Web Processing Services) • Maintenance and development of UML schema for XML data exchange in the soil domain • Provide support to the ISRIC staff with respect to specific computational issues

A minimum of 5 years’ experience in: – Managing and developing database- driven applications in a LINUX environment; – Keeping track of new developments in relevant knowledge fields supporting and maintaining PostgresSQL / PostGIS or similar database system; A minimum of 5 years’ experience in programming – Development of procedures in Python, PHP, JavaScript, and/or Java – Development of web applications / graphical user interfaces, preferably in Django – Minimum two-year degree in information technology, computer science, or related field – Familiar with Open Source Geoinformatics software. – Knowledge of environmental/soil science issues, and information analysis and data modelling. – proficiency in writing procedure manuals, instructions and presentations; proven track record, demonstrated by examples of output. – Good interpersonal and communication skills in English and at least one other language.

We offer

Scale 10 with maximum salary of 3755.00 (Euro’s gross per month) Social benefits including holiday and “end of year” allowances Contract duration: 2 years, with possibility for extension Maximum working hours per week: 38

We are
ISRIC – World Soil Information has a leading role in several large international projects aimed at developing a new soil map of the world (see, being one of the prime objectives of ISRIC. Awareness on the importance of soils in global developments has increased in the policy arena and society and it is now widely realized that soils play a key role in food production, climate change, maintenance of biodiversity, production of energy crops and the management of soil water.

Wageningen University and Research centre
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale. Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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