Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Senior Network Engineer

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1 - Working at the VUB

Are you our Senior Network Engineer who likes to sink your teeth into technology and is looking forward to the next step in your career?  

VUB is always looking for new talent to grow with!

For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators and especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3.500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be connected, and around which our four campuses are located.

The university's general strategic plan defines ICT as a "key enabler" for education and research. Aware of the challenges ahead, the VUB places ICT and the modernisation of its applications (Student Administration, Research Administration, Finance, HR, etc.) high on its agenda. For example, it also invested in the Nexus data centre, which will house the new Flemish Tier-1 supercomputer.

2 - Position Description


The ICT Directorate has a total of about 80 employees and is divided into five departments: Operations & Infrastructure, Service Centre, Scientific Data & Compute, Applications and Office of the CIO.

As 'Senior Network Engineer' you will join the 10-member "VUBnet" team that falls under Operations & Infrastructure.
You will strengthen the 'Technology' section of this team, which is characterised by its enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.  You will report to the department head of Network Micky Mattens. 

You help define the future network infrastructure of our university. 

The team writes various technology procedures and standards for the VUBnet colleagues, monitors the latest developments (e.g. on hybrid data centre networking, Network Security, Campus routing and switching) and applies these to the needs of VUB.

These colleagues are the 'specialists' within the VUBnet team and each has their own technology expertise. 

Some of your tasks

You are responsible for the design, implementation and management of your technology areas.

You work together with colleagues cross team to keep VUB ICT maximally available for the end users.

In addition, you are responsible for providing L3 support and you continue to develop in order to keep knowledge expertise consistently high.

For this position, Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Ixelles) will be your home base, in combination with working from home.

VUB aims to be a reflection of society where everyone's talent is valued regardless of gender, sex, age, religion, skin colour, migration background, functional disability and neurodiversity.

3 - Profile

What do we expect from you?

  • We are looking for someone with at least a (STEM) master's degree or equivalent through experience.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in at least some of the following technologies: Juniper networks (Datacenter Fabric), Palo Alto firewalls with Panorama, F5 BIG IP (LTM, ASM, AFM, APM), BGP.
  • Knowledge and experience in some of the following technologies is an asset: Extreme networks (Fabric), Aruba networks (Wifi, Clearpass), DWDM (ADVA), Infoblox DDI, Ivanti SSL VPN, Azure networking, SIEM(Elastic).
  • Experience in managing a multi-site campus network.
  • Experience in managing datacentre network technologies.
  • Knowledge of application delivery and security is a plus.
  • Experience in working within an agile environment is a plus.
  • Experience with or knowledge of OT is a plus.
  • Preferably, you have a good dose of enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn.
  • You speak and write English fluently and have knowledge of Dutch.
  • You are driven, accurate and a team player.
  • A passion for network technologies and being security-minded is a requirement.

4 - Offer

Are you going to be our new colleague?

You’ll be offered a permanent contract at a salary linked to grade 7 (min. € 3.617 - max. € 5.578) or grade 8 (min. € 4.102 - max. € 6.228 ) of exceptionally grade 9 (min. € 4.456 - max. 6.582), depending on your competences and previous relevant work experience.

At the VUB we guarantee an open, involved and diverse workplace, where we offer you opportunities to (further) expand your career. In addition, you will enjoy benefits such as:

  • Full reimbursement of public transport and/or a bicycle allowance;
  • Free hospitalization and very attractive group insurance with guaranteed income;
  • Working from home, a teleworking allowance of 50 euros per month, the tools to be able to work from home and be well rested;
  • Tasty meals in our campus restaurants at an attractive rate;
  • Advantageous sports and subscription, a range of discounts via Benefits@Work (in all kinds of shops, on flights, in petrol stations, amusement parks...) and Eco vouchers;
  • Daycare on campus, discount on holiday camps;
  • The space to shape your job content and continuously learn through our VUB learning platforms;
  • An open and family friendly working environment with attention to your work-life balance, an exceptional leave scheme with 35 days of leave, office closure between Christmas and New Year and 3 extra days of leave
  • And finally: friendly colleagues with a healthy drive and a good sense of humor 

5 - Interested?

Does this job appeal to you?  

Then apply via jobs.vub.be.

Our application process is as follows: 

  • Step 1: CV screening by one of our recruiters  
  • Step 2: A comparative test, in which we gauge your approach and insight and with which we want to map out what you are already doing well and what you still need to learn. You can take this at home.
  • Step 3: A job interview.

Contact us! 

Questions about the job itself?  Contact micky.mattens@vub.be

Questions about the selection process and/or the offer?  Contact annelies.jongert@vub.be or 0479749379

Would you like to know what it's like to work at the VUB and find out more about EUTOPIA? 

Then go to jobs.vub.be and find out all about our campuses, benefits, strategic goals and colleagues, among other things.   

Also read on eutopia-university.eu if you want to know more about our European network of universities.

6 - For office use


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Head unit/faculty: Directie ICT

FTE: 1

Function: ICT consultant

Pay grade group: 7-8-9

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Senior Network Engineer
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