Scrum Master / Senior Developer
As a high-tech research centre that is partially publicly funded, imec carries a responsibility to ensure local impact of the digital technologies it helps develop. The EDiT (“Enabling Digital Transformations”) department plays a leading role in realizing imec’s local impact by conducting demand-driven research & development, in collaboration with several authorities, imec departments, academic & other research institutes, companies, and citizen’s organisations. Our mission is to tackle so-called “wicked problems” in 3 main domains, or “clusters”: (smart) cities, mobility & logistics, and public health. The activities of EDiT are guided by our “Open for Impact” vision, which puts an emphasis on open knowledge, open source, and open data. Examples of our research programmes include City of Things, Mobilidata, Maak dat mee, Internet of Water, and an ambitious public health initiative that is taking shape as we speak.
What you will do
As Scrum Master (Scrum Lead as we call it) you will take responsibility of day-to-day coordination of EDiT’s Public Health cluster, a multi-disciplinary team of software developers, architects, user researchers, domain experts, and product owners. You will guide the team through Scrum rituals and short/medium-term planning of work across several projects. You will also join this team as a senior developer and will help your colleagues in software development best practices, testing and DevOps. You will work on projects that aim to apply cutting edge technologies and methodologies to develop innovative solutions that lead to insights in how we can live longer, healthier and more satisfying lives. Together with your teammates you will create an open framework that enables ever more ambitious studies into those factors that impact our health & well-being. You will help to envision and build components to ingest “real world” data (e.g. from IoT systems or wearable data), feed it to predictive models and visualise findings in web and native clients, so that citizens, healthcare professionals and officials can make sense of it.
You will also join EDiT’s DEV competence centre, where we will provide coaching, arrange training, evaluate and fine-tune your role and responsibilities, and plan your career path within EDiT/imec together. Additionally, through our EDiT Communities of Practice initiative you will regularly interact with other developers, architects, designers, and user researchers across EDiT.
What we do for you
EDiT is based at the imec offices in the centres of Ghent and Antwerp. You can choose from which of these two cities you prefer to work, and we have always been open to homework, as most of the team communication takes place online. During the peaks of the covid-19 crisis we operate 100% remotely.
In exchange for your talent, passion, and expertise, you will join a multicultural and high-tech company, with challenges there for the taking. Our flexible and informal working environment offers you a range of possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. This is your opportunity to contribute to the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. imec supports and guides you in this process, not only with words but with concrete actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we are actively investing in the further development of all our employees to assure their technical and personal growth. Your valuable contribution and that of your colleagues make imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of an attractive and competitive salary with many fringe benefits.
Who you are
We are looking for an experienced software developer, who is familiar with at least part of our tech-stack (see below), and who has the ambition and necessary “soft” skills to coach and lead a multi-disciplinary team using an Agile process.
“Must-haves” (essential skills):
- An interest in innovation with societal relevance;
- Minimum of 5 years of proven professional experience in software engineering;
- Able to quickly learn new technologies (paradigms, languages, frameworks, libraries, patterns, …);
- Minimum of 1 year of experience as a scrum master, team lead, project manager, or equivalent;
- Knowledgeable of Scrum, Agile, and/or SAFe process principles, with a pragmatic approach to their application in practice;
- Driven to encourage, reassure and guide a team towards achieving goals and growth, both collectively and individually;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Client-focused attitude;
- English (professional proficiency).
“Should-haves” (a great candidate is familiar with most of these):
- Able to efficiently & iteratively translate user/system requirements to software architecture & implementation choices;
- TypeScript, as a dialect you like or can live with;
- Node.js, for implementation of back-ends & APIs;
- Relational & document-based databases (PostgreSQL, Mongo, etc.);
- Git (duh!);
- Docker/Kubernetes microservices;
- Design of micro-service/back-end architectures;
- React, or other modern (Web) front-end framework(s);
- MS Azure or comparable cloud ecosystem.
“Could-haves” (it is nice to tick a few of these boxes):
- Kotlin, Java, Python, Golang or Dart as your second or third language;
- Design of micro-service/back-end architectures;
- Knowledge of data standards used in Health, such as HL7 or FHIR;
- CI/CD & DevOps technologies (Azure DevOps/Pipelines, Helm, Terraform, etc.);
- AI/ML, Big data, and/or Data science technologies;
- Mobile app development experience (Android, iOS, and/or cross-platform);
- Having made contributions to open source projects (please mention in your application!);
- Dutch (notions or intention to learn).