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Group manager smart backend - Astron, Dwingeloo


Dwingelo, 32 – 38 hours / week

Are you a strategic thinker who enjoys working with a dynamic and diverse team contributing your own expertise? Would you like to lead a team of highly skilled and motivated scientific computing and digital signal processing experts towards a shared vision, making significant impact? Are you a strong communicator who enjoys being the link that connects R&D groups, operational staff, and astronomers to ensure the group’s success and maximize expertise? If this resonates with you, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

At ASTRON, we offer an environment where you work alongside experts from various fields and where we have a culture of mutual support. This makes the inspirational environment at ASTRON the biggest playground to innovate and where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive and grow.

Moreover, at ASTRON we constantly push the boundaries of what is technologically possible to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen. Working at ASTRON everyone is constantly at the forefront of innovation. Innovations derived from our work benefits the (regional) industry and ultimately society as a whole.

ASTRON is ambitious in its effort to decrease the footprint of its organization and of astronomy by exploring more circular and green computing solutions together with partners. ASTRON is committed to increasing its staff diversity and is continuously working to creating a safe and inclusive workplace. 

On top of that, the ASTRON offices are situated in a fantastic area, which happens to be in the middle of a beautiful Natural Park. The ASTRON premises is a place where you are surrounded by stunning scenery, which makes the lunch walks we have feel like a vacation and where you often have the view of hares and deer grazing around the building.

Exiting times

With three major developments highly relevant to the Smart Backend Group, we offer challenging work and exciting projects ahead. This includes the realization of a Science Data Centre (SDC), a major upgrade of the International LOFAR telescope and contributing to the realization of the SKA telescope in collaboration with a team of industry partners.

The Smart Backend group plays a central role in these endeavors, collaborating with the Smart Frontend group, the Software Delivery group, internal and external astronomers, and the group responsible for telescope operations.

Job description

As the Group Manager, you will be responsible for managing and inspiring our Smart Backend team of around twenty researchers, engineers, and scientific software developers. The department consists of five groups that together are responsible for all technological innovation within ASTRON: from antenna design to monitoring and control software for our telescopes, from system engineering to data processing and analysis tools. You will be responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of the group, including methodology, expertise, and way of working, now and in the future. You will initiate and coordinate innovation via the Technology Roadmap, organize strategic collaborations with external industry and science partners, and assist in the acquisition of new projects in line with our ambition. You will also be responsible for the operational aspects of the group, including financial management, resource planning, and people management.

You will work closely with the other group managers and program managers to decide together on actions and decisions, with short lines to the ASTRON Management Team. You will actively participate in the I&S management team, which is responsible for all technological innovation within ASTRON. 

Your profile

You have experience in a leading position in a high-tech or scientific development environment and a strong ambition to coach your team to excel in solving the hardest and most urgent bottlenecks in data processing. You have a keen eye for the latest technologies and a drive to assess them on their feasibility in cutting-edge scientific problems. You also have a master’s or PhD and working experience in computing science or comparable experience, preferably in the areas of scientific algorithms, high-performance computing, or software engineering. Having the ability to communicate effectively and establish collaboration are a must. Also, you show proactive initiatives, take ownership, and demonstrate your creativity. You speak Dutch at B2 level or are willing to learn it.

What you can expect from us

  • An inspiring, innovative, pleasant, and challenging working environment with an international and inclusive work culture.
  • The combination of astronomy, operations and engineering in the same building. 
  • The opportunity and the facilities to grow and develop yourself in this position.
  • A 32- 38 hours/ week temporary appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of in total 2 years which will become permanent based on good performance.
  • A gross monthly salary on a full-time basis, in the range of € 5.657 to € 6.890 depending on relevant experience. A holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.33% of the gross annual salary.
  • A good package of benefits like pension plan,  discount on health insurance and travel expenses scheme.
  • Flexible working conditions of employment tailored to your personal situation, generous relocation expenses and support with finding accommodation and support to find a suitable job for your partner.

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement Research Institutions.

NWO-I and ASTRON strive for a diverse workforce: we want to develop talent and creativity by bringing together people from different backgrounds and cultures. We recruit and select based on competencies and talents. Therefore, we encourage anyone who identifies with the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, orientation or disability, to respond. More information about our diversity & inclusivity just click on this link

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