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Semantic Software Architect and R&D project leader

Do you have a passion for computer science research that contributes to a better world? We, at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (WFBR), are working to …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur


Do you have a passion for computer science research that contributes to a better world? We, at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (WFBR), are working to create sustainable solutions to provide better food for more people. The applied research group Food Informatics is using new and innovative digital techniques to make that happen!

We are looking for an eager semantic software architect in our team who will be participating in applied computer science research projects.
Food Informatics is the domain that deals with digitising information of all parts of food production and consumption, combining data from various sources with expert knowledge to enable smart, new applications. This knowledge and data is made digitally available using (among other things) software frameworks, ontologies and artificial intelligence (AI), such as Bayesian networks and machine learning. Examples are a decision support system for quality management of strawberries, where we started from scratch to connect data and knowledge to ensure a timely and tasty strawberry at the end of the supply chain. For the elderly who are dependent on meals-on-wheels, a decision model was developed that provides dietary advice. This advice is based on nutritional and health rules, taking into account personal characteristics and preferences. In cooperation with domain experts you will create and execute these kind of projects in teams.
With colleagues and partners from industry, you develop digital solutions to support professionals, consumers and other users in taking optimal decisions. This also means dealing with unclear and missing information, possibly in badly structured sources. You contribute application development in agile way, advice other expertise groups in organizing data sources and apply various (semantic) technologies in your work with colleagues within and outside of your group. The Food Informatics group has an informal working environment with the freedom to organise your work and the expectation that you take your responsibility in reaching your goals.

As a Semantic software architect and R&D project leader, you will:
  • Manage projects from the early start in which you cooperate with experts inside and outside of the informatics domain;
  • design and develop innovative digital applications that accelerate and multiply the impact of food research;
  • draft applied research proposals and assist in acquiring new projects;
  • keep up with scientific and technological developments in the professional field to contribute the knowledge development of the group;
  • connect to other researchers in the Wageningen University and Research (WUR) community.


  • You have an MSc or PhD with a background in computer science, information science or a related discipline and an affinity for agrifood;
  • you are a team player who is experienced in conceptual modelling using a structured approach in complex software projects;
  • you have knowledge of Semantic Web technology such as ontologies (e.g. RDF) and triple stores (e.g. Sesame and rdf4j);
  • you have experience in project acquisition and project management;
  • experience in application development is an advantage;
  • you enjoy working in a research environment.


We offer you a meaningful job with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary and a full working week of 36 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Wageningen Research

In addition, we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural end-of-year bonus of 3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 171 vacation hours, the possibility to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • the possibility to work a maximum of 40 hours per week and in this way build up a maximum of 204 compensation hours per year;
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.
We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Additional information

Do you want more information?
For more information about this function, please contact Henk Wensink, R&D Manager Food Informatics & Supply Chain Development, telephone 0317-485586 or by e-mail: henk.wensink@wur.nl
For more information about the procedure, please contact Wilma Jansen, HR advisor, e-mail: wilma.jansen@wur.nl .

Do you want to apply?
This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission. This vacancy is open up and until Monday 25th May 2020.

Equal opportunities employer
We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age.
We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.