Embedded System Software Engineer (Research and Education support) (0.8-1.0fte)

Research / Academic

Job description
We are looking for a technically oriented software engineer/programmer with a heart for education. The Education embedded software engineer supports lecturers in the development, preparation and maintenance of more technical software that is closely related to hardware. The candidate becomes a member of the staff of LIACS, the computer science and AI institute of the Faculty of Science, and collaborates with lecturers, researchers, research software engineers and system administration employees. As a software engineer you are part of the research and education support team.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain software for various courses taught in Computer Science (CS), Data Science (DS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Engage with system administration about the deployment and long-term embedding of this software in the institute’s hardware ecosystem.
  • Proactively think along with lecturers about innovations in academic CS, DS and AI courses at the bachelor and master level.
  • Address technological questions from students and staff.


Selection Criteria

  • A MSc in Computer Science or Engineering, Artificial Intelligence or a related field, or a BSc in a related field with acquired and/or demonstrated experience with programming and/or machine learning preferably in a research and education setting.
  • Interest or experience in developing and maintaining software for specific hardware setups, e.g., CUDA, OS drivers, Robots, IoT devices, Networks, System on Module (SoM) such as Jetson, Embedded controllers, Systems-on-Chip (SoCs), and prototyping/development boards.
  • Good programming skills (including bare-metal programming) using a variety of tools and languages, ability to independently become familiar with new libraries and languages.
  • Experience with Linux, Python, C and C++ is a must.
  • Proof of experience with hardware-related software development.
  • Communication and service-oriented skills to support lecturers and students working with the software.
  • Creative, ‘making things work’ mentality, independent, and communicative team player.
  • Sufficient knowledge of English and preferably some Dutch.

Salary Benefits:

Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time permanent position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation, the appointment will be extended to a regular position. Salary range from € 2.960,- to € 4.670,- gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Intended starting date as early as from 1 August 2023 onwards.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Work-life balance
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. We wish to reflect society both in age, gender and culture, as we believe that this would optimize the dynamics in our organization. Therefore, we support and understand the need for a work/life/family balance and consequent varying working hours and places. In the Netherlands, a maternity allowance is standard for 16 weeks. Child care is available at and near the Bio Science Park.