ETH Zürich

Scientific Web Developer

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Scientific Web Developer

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice.  Scientific Software and Data Management (SSDM), part of Scientific IT Services within central IT, develops software and data management solutions for research projects across the ETH domain, and provides a stimulating, flexible and family-friendly working environment. It is located in Zurich and Basel.

Project background

Scientific Software and Data Management is part of ETH's central IT department.  It comprises software engineers from diverse backgrounds who develop software to support research projects across a broad spectrum of ETH's academic departments, including biology, physics, engineering, economics, architecture and more. 

We are looking for a chiefly front-end web developer to work on a new project starting in 2023, plus contribute to the general development of our research data management platform, openBIS.

Job description

You will be the primary developer on a new project, PREMISE, to customise our research data management platform, openBIS, for a new user group.  openBIS is a web-based data management platform written primarily in Java and JavaScript.  The main focus of PREMISE will be to develop imaging visualisation tools for the front end.  A further task will be to integrate openBIS with a simulation workflow automation system used by material scientists.

Beyond this, you will contribute to various improvements to the openBIS front-end.

You may also contribute to other projects in SSDM, depending on requirements and the skills needed.  These may require skills in other programming languages.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Mainly front-end development on the PREMISE project, including discussion technical design and implementation with the project team 
  • Contribution to the general development of openBIS, particularly the front-end
  • Contribution to other projects as needed
  • Testing your code and participating in deployment
  • Documenting your work 
  • Code review for other team members and engaging in wider team initiatives and discussions

The position is based in Basel, with travel to Zurich and Villigen sometimes needed.  The contract is initially limited to 1 year with possibility of renewal, depending on the status of this and other projects.

Your profile

This position would suit a developer with strong, modern front-end web development skills as well as a familiarity with back-end development.  The ideal candidate considers IT a hobby, a passion even, not just a profession.  You should have a desire to experiment and learn new skills.  Ideally you should have worked in an academic setting.

As a minimum, you should have:

  • A degree in computer science, or in a related engineering or scientific discipline plus demonstrable knowledge of software engineering
  • Experience developing in modern HTML / JavaScript, including recent concepts such as functional programming and promises
  • Experience with React 
  • Familiarity with SQL
  • Some familiarity with Python and/or Java
  • Experience with the Linux command line
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong self-motivation and a desire to learn new skills

The following would also be an advantage:

  • TypeScript experience
  • Experience with DevOps tools and practices: Git, Docker and CI/CD platforms
  • Developing software in a team
  • Experience working in an academic environment

We offer

We operate in hybrid home office mode, with employees able to choose to work up to three days per week from home. We offer a stimulating environment where you will work with developers with a range of backgrounds and on projects in a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • A motivation letter
  • Your CV
  • Job references and diplomas

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about Scientific IT Services can be found on our website IT Services. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr Matthew Baker by email at (no applications).

For recruitment services the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Scientific Web Developer
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