Vacancy Web Services and Geo-computation expert

Job description

ISRIC seeks a dedicated computer scientist / software developer specialized in Web Services and Geo-computation with affinity for soil information and soil data management .

Major duties:

  • develop web-based services for ISRIC data products, such as WoSIS, SoilGrids and future products. This includes the building of user interfaces for data export and data import using Web3.0 technologies, Web Mapping Services, Web Feature Services and Web Processing Services;
  • assist in optimising geo-computation processes (big raster and vector data operations) used to develop ISRIC’s global spatial data products;
  • develop distributed systems (e.g. parallel programming, cloud computation);
  • maintain and develop a UML schema for XML data exchange in the soil domain


  • preferable a PhD degree (or a MSc degree with comparable experience) in computer science and/or Geoinformation science or similar with good demonstrated experience in above mentioned topics;
  • experience with software development: programming languages Python, R and/or JAVA;
  • awareness of the state of the art in IT and software development, and a strong sense for innovation;
  • experience with the Linux operating system administration;
  • extensive experience with geo-computation using R / Python / shell scripting with OSGeo software (raster and vector operations) in distributed systems (parallel programming, cloud computation etc.);
  • experience with OGC web services (WMS, WFS, WCS, WPS), REST architecture (WSDL/SOAP architecture also) and Application Schema;
  • experience with software development methods like Agile and test-driven development;

Other requirements

You will work for both internal clients (product developers at ISRIC) and external clients and you will cooperate with colleague computer scientists in an international setting (e.g. to develop the SoilML data exchange schema). Therefore we are looking for a pleasant colleague with good communication skills and a strong personality. You have good command of English and preferably working knowledge of either French, Spanish or Dutch

Conditions of employment

Scale 11/12 (Dutch university pay scale) with a minimum of € 3427,- and a maximum of  € 5330,- gross per month Social benefits including holiday and “end of year” allowances
Contract duration: 1.5 years, with possibility for extension
Maximum working hours per week: 38, a part-time assignment of a minimum of 4 days per week is negotiable.

Contract type: Temporary

Information on the job description can be obtained from

Rik van den Bosch, Director ISRIC - World Soil Information ( )

+31 (0)317481713

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You can apply for this job before 31-03-2017