Plant Sciences Unit Data software developer - Climate adaptation research

Do you know how to set-up systems to collect, store and exchange data in an efficient manner? Do you know how to extract information from (drone)images? Do you want to use these talents to establish and support on-field plant phenotyping infrastructure? Then you are the person we are looking for.

Important information

  • Location: Melle
  • Contract type: Full-time
  • Diploma: Master diploma
  • Application deadline This position will remain vacant until we find a suitable candidate

Your capabilities

  • We keep the scope of the diploma broad (Master's/Bachelor's degree in industrial sciences - computer science, professional Bachelor's degree in applied computer science or equivalent) as the required competences can be acquired in different disciplines but being well acquainted with different programming environments is a requirement. We focus mainly on candidates with a master's degree. Candidates with a Bachelor diploma will also be considered if they can demonstrate relevant work experience and skills. If you have a foreign diploma, we ask you to obtain equivalence recognition. You can apply for this at NARIC Vlaanderen (NARIC-Vlaanderen - NARIC-Vlaanderen).
  • We expect at least 2 years of relevant professional experience related to at least two of the aspects below:
    • Software development;
    • Data processing and script development;
    • Automation of both pre-processing and processing steps of drone-acquired images and spatial data, using for example Metashape or Pix4D and QGis;
    • Experience with Python and/or R.
  • You are fluent in English (speaking and writing)
  • You are in possession of a driving license B

We offer

We offer you a full-time, open-ended contract with a competitive salary based on your degree. You will be recruited in the salary scale A165 or B111 (depending on your diploma). You can make a gross and net calculation of your monthly salary, a holiday bonus and your end-of-year allowance via https://www.vlaanderen.be/werken-voor-vlaanderen/het-salaris. Relevant experience can be considered for financial seniority.

Additional: Hospitalization and group (life) insurance, commuting allowance (bicycle – public transport), meal vouchers (7 €/day) and a total of 35 holiday days based on last year's performance (private scheme)

Plant phenotyping involves the description and characterisation of plant properties using sensors and cameras. These state-of-the-art phenotyping facilities of ILVO make it possible to automatically follow the above-ground and below-ground development of crops in the field, throughout the growing season.

The software developer we are looking for will be in charge of the development and maintenance of systems for (semi-)automatic data collection, data processing and data exchange for the ILVO on-field plant phenotyping facilities, including the development of robust systems for quality control.

Good programing skills are a must; experience with the processing and/or interpretation of drone-captured images and/or geophysical data is a plus. You will deliver ready-for use data to colleagues with expertise in plant physiology, plant phenotyping, modelling and geophysics. Together with a team of (data-)scientists, field technicians and drone operators you will play a central role in developing automatic, user-friendly and high quality systems.

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Peter Lootens

Precision farming and phenotyping expert

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Isabel Roldán-Ruiz

Scientific director, ILVO Plant Sciences department

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