Vacancy: Database/Programming specialist at ISRIC

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Vacancy: Database/Programming specialist at ISRIC

Tomislav Hengl

Vacancy number: ESG ISR-0009
Department: ISRIC / Wageningen University
Function type: IT
Scientific field: Agriculture and Natural Environment
Contract duration: 2 years, with possibility for extension
Closing date for applications: 2 April 2012
URL for more info:

ISRIC is seeking a dedicated database specialist with extensive and
proven programming skills.

A minimum of 5 years' experience in:
- Managing and developing database- driven applications in a LINUX
- 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, both in English and Dutch.

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

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
- 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

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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