Engineering - Gent | More than two weeks ago
As a high-tech research centre that is partially publicly funded, imec carries a responsibility to ensure global as well as local impact. imec’s EDiT (Enabling Digital Transformations) department plays a major role in realising local impact by conducting demand-driven R&D, in collaboration with authorities, other imec divisions, (academic) research institutes, companies, and citizens’ organisations. Our mission is to tackle so-called “wicked problems” in domains such as smart cities & regions, mobility & logistics, public health & sustainable environment. We are guided by an “Open for Impact” vision, which puts an emphasis on open knowledge, open source, and open data. Our research programmes include City of Things, Mobilidata, VLOCA, and Nervocity – read more about these and other activities on https://www.imec.be/nl.
All above-mentioned domains, and society at large, experience a trend towards the so-called data economy. This journey is accelerated by recent regulatory initiatives such as the European Data Strategy and the Data Governance Act, and EU programs like Gaia-X, all of which aim to create markets for novel applications, business models, and “smart” public policy, enabled by data spaces built on sovereign, but trusted, sources supplying ever-increasing amounts of data. To facilitate this revolution at the local level, and thus create a sustainable and interoperable data ecosystem for the Flemish region and beyond, EDiT collaborates with multiple departments of the Flemish government, academic research groups, and several other (commercial) parties.
As data platform engineer you will contribute to the forthcoming VSDS project which aims to design and develop reference implementations of essential components for Flemish Data Spaces. You will build scalable data pipelines based on event sourcing technology combined with state-of-the-art interoperability, linked data, and semantic web technologies. Together with our team you may also contribute to our Open Digital Twin and Smart Data Platform projects, which seek to build next-gen decision support tools for local and regional authorities in Flanders and beyond.
You are a medior/senior software engineer with hands-on experience developing complex data streaming, processing, or publishing solutions. You take pride in applying engineering ingenuity to maximise versatility, scalability, and performance of components, and don’t mind that the magic stays mostly behind the scenes (think back-end platforms, not consumer apps). Having an interest for the domain of smart cities and data spaces is desirable, but prior experience is not required. Bringing a great sense of responsibility, and being genuinely keen to take initiative as well as ownership, will be valued as much, if not more, than specific technical or domain expertise. Moreover, being able to see change as an opportunity and to deal with ambiguity make for an ideal candidate.
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In exchange for your talent, passion, and expertise, imec offers you a high-tech environment and a stimulating diverse culture. Employees enjoy market-competitive compensation and benefits packages, engaging career opportunities, and state of the art facilities. EDiT’s main offices are centrally located in Ghent & Antwerp, but we are also present at imec’s HQ campus in Leuven. We embrace a hybrid working culture where teams and individuals are empowered to strike a balance between multi-site office presence and remote/home working.
As a software developer you will become part of EDiT’s DEV competence centre, where we provide coaching, arrange training, fine-tune your role and responsibilities, and plan your career path together. Additionally, through our Community of Practice initiative you will regularly interact with other developers, architects, designers, and user researchers across EDiT.
We are committed to being an inclusive employer and proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth.