Software Developer in Digital Species Identification

Do you have the technical skills to enable the automated discovery of biodiversity? In this position, your coding skills will help unravel the complexity and reveal the beauty of natural biodiversity. Moreover, your expertise will help to combat the immense challenge of biodiversity decline.

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Do you have the technical skills to enable the automated discovery of biodiversity? In this position, your coding skills will help unravel the complexity and reveal the beauty of natural biodiversity. Moreover, your expertise will help to combat the immense challenge of biodiversity decline.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to a new research infrastructure that aims to identify all species in the Netherlands and innovate on biodiversity monitoring.

The challenge:

ARISE ( wants to achieve an organized overview of all multicellular flora and fauna in the Netherlands and the infrastructure to identify them semi-automatically. ARISE aims to establish a unique end-to-end infrastructure that measures the occurrence of species from digital media, sensors, and eDNA. ARISE facilitates the measurement of biodiversity at any location in the Netherlands and helps users interpret a wide variety of biodiversity data. ARISE is an ambitious project driven by a diverse team of enthusiastic engineers, ecologists, and computer scientists.

As a full-stack software developer, you are part of the Digital Species Identification (DSI) team within the ARISE project. The goal of DSI is to facilitate the automated detection and identification of species from a variety of digital media types. DSI comprises tooling from dataset creation, data annotation, artificial intelligence (AI) training, and standardized evaluation of deep learning algorithms. DSI aims to be a streamlined and scalable solution that accommodates various media types, including images, sound, and radar data.

We are looking for two talented, motivated, and innovative full-stack software developers that help design, build, and maintain the digital species identification (DSI) pipeline. You will be involved in thinking along about the architecture. You will be involved in implementing both the front and backend and designing, developing, testing, monitoring, and logging the developed web services and improvements. As a full-stack developer, you have a broad knowledge of tools, techniques, and programming languages.

ARISE is a unique joint project by Naturalis, the University of Amsterdam, Westerdijk Institute, and the University of Twente. This software developer position in the DSI team will primarily involve Naturalis and the University of Twente, giving you the unique opportunity to live in either the east or west of the Netherlands.

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  • You have at least a BSc in applied sciences or university thinking level (for Dutch applicants, that means minimally HBO/WO). Preferably in software engineering or a similar technical study;
  • You are a team player that has a great sense of responsibility and a high degree of independence. You feel comfortable working in a distributed work environment;
  • You have a service-oriented attitude with good communication skills;
  • You have experience in web technologies, including some of Python, Docker, Kubernetes, Java/J2EE, and SQL;
  • (Desirable) experience in AI deployment and machine learning frameworks such as Keras, TensorFlow, PyTorch;
  • (Desirable) experience with scalable APIs / microservices;
  • You are self-motivated and able to complete tasks with minimum supervision. You think along, are proactive. You show initiative in work, come up with new ideas, and like to keep up to date with modern technologies;
  • You think in long-term, scalable and maintainable but also pragmatic and practical solutions;
  • You have good English communication skills in word and writing. You always want to continue to develop yourself and stay up to date with technological developments. You have an interest in, and preferably affinity with the community, biodiversity, and the field of natural sciences and biology;

Do you not yet have enough knowledge or experience with one of the technologies or skills mentioned above, but are you eager to learn? Then we offer you the opportunity to develop yourself further to acquire the remaining skills.


You will be employed by the University of Twente in close collaboration with the Naturalis ICT team, Westerdijk Institute, and the University of Amsterdam.

  • The position is for 32 or 38 hours per week and initially for two years. Extension after this period is a possibility;
  • The terms of employment are under the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO) and include: depending on your relevant background and experience, a gross salary of a maximum of €4.402 per month (based on a full-time position), a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A minimum of 29 leave days in full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. Full time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis;
  • Excellent professional and personal development programs;
  • You will work in a lively, inspiring, and dynamic working environment in an organization focusing on internationalization, where you will have a high degree of responsibility and independence. You will join an ambitious, diverse, and fun team;
  • You can live in either the east (Enschede) or west (Leiden) of the Netherlands;
  • You will have access to high-quality state of the art facilities at both Naturalis and the University of Twente.

Bedrijfsprofiel Universiteit Twente

Hoogtechnologisch met een menselijke maat Universiteit Twente uit ondernemend Enschede in Twente, is een technische universiteit, ruim gelegen op een groene ‘smart campus’ die fungeert als een slimme mini-stad met alle voorzieningen. Deze kennisinstelling vormt een multiculturele community van talentvolle en vooruitstrevende mensen die studenten, wetenschappers en docenten van over de hele wereld de best mogelijke leer-, werk- en leefomgeving wil bieden. In een sterk veranderende wereld wil Universiteit Twente hoogtechnologisch het verschil maken door grensverleggend complexe problemen helpen oplossen, zowel maatschappelijk als industrieel. De universiteit is sinds jaar en dag pionier in het verbinden van technologie, wetenschap en engineering met sociale wetenschappen. Door die combinatie draagt Universiteit Twente al meer dan 50 jaar bij aan tal van maatschappelijke veranderingen, vooruitgang en vernieuwing. Hoogwaardige faciliteiten De bruisende campus heeft vele hoogwaardige faciliteiten, zoals het wereldberoemde NanoLab, het creatieve DesignLab en het vooruitstrevende TechMed Centre. Daarnaast zijn er tal van faculteiten en gelieerde partijen met moderne faciliteiten, zoals het ITC-instituut voor geo-informatiewetenschappen en aardobservatie en het Fraunhofer Project Center voor toepassingsgerichte systeemoplossingen in de maakindustrie. Lokaal is de universiteit onder meer verbonden met Kennispark Twente, één van de acht belangrijke innovatiecampussen in Nederland. Vooroplopen in kerntechnologieën Deze universiteit staat een ‘engineering’-aanpak voor bij maatschappelijke uitdagingen. Zo worden fundamenteel technologisch en sociaal wetenschappelijk onderzoek samengesmolten tot een systematisch ontwerpproces voor industriële of maatschappelijke oplossingen. Kerntechnologieën waarin Universiteit Twente voorop loopt zijn nanotechnologie en biomedische technologie, IT, robotica en geo-informatiewetenschappen. Persoonlijke onderwijsaanpak Door studenten de ruimte te bieden met ‘student-driven learning’ en pragmatische teamprojecten, kunnen zij zich ontwikkelen tot teamspelers die ‘outside the box’ leren denken om zichzelf te ontdekken en ontwikkelen. Die aanpak draagt ook bij aan de hoge scores die Universiteit Twente behaalt op het gebied van valorisatie, zoals het helpen opstarten van inmiddels meer dan 1.000 startup en spinoff-bedrijven. Daarmee staat deze kennisinstelling aan de wieg van tal van innovatieve vormen van maatschappelijke en industriële verbindingen en vooruitgang in en buiten Twente. Wereldwijd netwerk Universiteit Twente is zowel regionaal als (inter)nationaal een katalysator in hightech-gemeenschappen en sectoren. Deze technische kennisinstelling heeft sterke banden in uiteenlopende industrieën en maatschappelijke domeinen en doet mee aan baanbrekende, wereldomspannende netwerken en programma’s. Wereldwijd onderhoudt deze universiteit een actief netwerk van ruim 45.000 alumni.


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