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Scientific Computing Support Technician

Vacancy number
Non-academic staff
Internal, External
Publication date
26 November 2019
Closing date
18 December 2019

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The Faculty of Science and Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research are looking for a

Scientific Computing Support Technician

Key responsibilities
The Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research (LACDR) is looking for a technician focused on computational support of ongoing research projects and teaching programs that employ various scientific computing infrastructures. The tasks of this position are versatile but the core is related to the support and development of the scientific computer infrastructure of LACDR. As an institute, LACDR focuses on three main lines of research:

  • Novel therapeutic modalities and novel concepts in early drug discovery;
  • Translational Drug Research;
  • Personalized Medicine.

Your work will consist of:

  • Maintenance of our computational infrastructure, including, but not limited to: Hardware monitoring and replacement; Software installation and updates; (Relational) database administration; Network, security and access management; Bulk storage (scratch space, use space, backup, and cold storage/archive);
  • Give training and support to (new) colleagues and students;
  • Providing access to local and (inter)national research infrastructure(s);
  • Development of scripts/tools supporting our research;
  • Software license management;
  • Identification of novel opportunities for synergy between divisions, and act as a liaison between ISSC (ICT Shared Service Centre) and the LACDR.

Selection criteria

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree;
  • Experience with multiple Linux distributions and their package management (Debian/Ubuntu with aptitude and Red Hat/CentOS with yum);
  • Experience with job scheduler software, parallelization and high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure;
  • Experience with scripting languages such as BASH and Python;
  • Affinity with multivariate statistics, machine learning or other modeling approaches;
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience;
  • Experience with SCM tools like Git, Mercurial, or Subversion;
  • Affinity with DevOps tools and techniques (IaC, IaaS, Containers, k8s) is an advantageous benefit;
  • Experience with SQL, GPU computing, Matlab, and R are advantageous benefits;
  • Proficient in spoken and written English;
  • An independent and creative team player.

Research at our Faculty/Institute
The Leiden Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is diverse, ranging from artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is a leading institute dedicated to world-class research and education in drug discovery and development. LACDR comprises a diverse and international team of 150 researchers and is ideally located at the Leiden Bio Science Park, the largest life science cluster in the Netherlands. LACDR has organized its research and education around three divisions: Drug Discovery and Safety (DDS), Systems Biomedicine and Pharmacology (SB&P), and BioTherapeutics (BT).

Terms and conditions 
We offer an one year term position, with the possibility of renewal or a permanent position, based on good performance. Salary range from €2,709.- to €4,274.-  gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at Job application procedure and employment conditions

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries and/or questions about the procedure  can be made to Gerard van Westen, email gerard@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl, telephone: 071 527 3511.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Lia Hinne, email l.e.hinne@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number.

  • A cover letter explaining your motivation, background, and qualifications for the position;
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae;
  • Contact information of two references;
  • Copies of diplomas and a list of your courses taken and grades obtained.

Only applications received no later than 17 December 2019 can be considered.

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