Group Manager Computing

Geplaatst op: 26-04-2018 | Solliciteren voor: 16-05-2018

Are you an experienced scientific computer expert with leadership skills? Are you result driven, a group leader and coach? Would you like to contribute to innovative research and development for radio astronomy instrumentation? Then you are our new Group Manager Computing


The experts of the Computing group collaborate in challenging projects with fellow engineers on the next generation world-class radio telescope projects LOFAR and SKA. We collaborate in these projects with international partners as well. Radio astronomy is one of the most data intensive science applications that exists. Therefore, the group you lead consists of highly skilled professionals. They research new algorithms for calibration and imaging, explore new high performance computing architectures and work on the development of computing systems for the data processing.

Job description:
Your job is to manage the Computing Group and to collaborate as a senior computing scientist in ASTRON projects. You work with your team of fifteen engineers to define its strategy and operations including its expertise, methodology, financial aspects and human resource management. You have a deep understanding of the technology trends in Computing Science. You are a proactive team player and you have a strong focus on the customer. You will have a leading role in R&D and ASTRON on the further development of the Computing competences. You will participate in the R&D management team and assist in the formulation of the department strategy, the management of its operations and acquisition of new projects.

Job requirements:
  • PhD in Computing Science or comparable experience, preferably in one of the areas of scientific algorithms, high performance computing, machine learning or software engineering.
  • Experience in working in international science projects.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proficient oral and written communications skills in English and Dutch.
  • Team player and builder.
  • Experience in the management of a research group would be considered a recommendation.


  • We offer a contract for 2 years, which will become indefinite based on good performance.
  • Besides a pleasant and challenging work environment, we have a good package of benefits like a pension plan, group discounts on individual insurances and travel expenses.
  • We offer flexible conditions of employment, tailored to your personal situation.
  • We offer generous relocation expenses and support with finding accommodation.
  • We offer the facilities to grow and develop yourself in this position.

The organization:

ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. Its main mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen, via the development of new and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities, and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research. Engineers and astronomers at ASTRON have an outstanding international reputation for novel technology development, and fundamental research in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy. ASTRON is committed to increasing its staff diversity, and we are especially interested in applications from women and other traditionally under-represented groups.

The unified software development effort at ASTRON plays a major role in supporting our mission to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen. With a staff of over 35 personnel, the combined software team at ASTRON is essential to the operation of our current facilities, the extraction of science from those facilities, and the development of new capabilities for the future. The software development effort at ASTRON is organised around three distinct expertise groups. Within the Research & Development group, the software effort is focused on algorithmic innovation, high performance, high throughput computing, and integrated hardware and software solutions. In the Radio Observatory, the software team is responsible for the operational capabilities of our facilities including telescope monitoring and control, data processing pipelines and analysis tools, archival data management, and maximizing the range and quality of science-ready data products we deliver to our user community. Finally, in the Astronomy Group, the software development group is geared toward user science extraction and is charged with improving the availability and access to ASTRON data collections, developing new analysis tools and capabilities for the astronomy community, and research into advanced data science techniques to support user science in the era of data intensive astronomy. Working together, these three teams cover the range of development activities at ASTRON and are crucial to the success of our mission.


For more information about ASTRON you can go to our website and For more information about this vacancy please contact dr. Gert Kruithof, Head R&D, e-mail:

You can apply for this job by sending your letter and curriculum vitae to ASTRON via the ‘Solliciteer nu' button below (reference number 2018-01-007). The closing date is May 15, 2018. Candidates will be considered until the position has been filled.



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