Database engineer

University of Antwerp
Computer Science
Belgium Antwerp


The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Together we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape.

The University of Antwerp’s Adrem Data Lab from the Department of Computer Science is looking for a full-time specialist staff member expert as a database engineer.

The Laukens group of the Adrem Data Lab is a diverse and vibrant group of more than 20 Bioinformaticians, Computational Biologists and Data Scientists who all share a passion for working with (bio)medical data.

The position includes the following tasks:

- As a scientific database developer, you will have a range of responsibilities, including the development of a novel database for complex molecular data and a prototype API for users to interact with the database. In addition, you will set up and maintain a web server to house the database.
- You will provide technical support to students, PhD students and third parties utilizing the developed resource.
- You will collaborate closely with interdisciplinary scientists to integrate the database into a medically important resource that can have a positive societal impact globally, with a particular impact in low-and middle-income countries.
- In your role, you take instructions and regulations into account with a view to achieving predefined objectives.

What we offer:

- We offer an appointment for a period of 1 year with the possibility of an extension.
- You will receive a gross monthly salary within pay band 5.1-7.1 of the pay scales of the Administrative and Technical Your entry-level grade (usually grade 5) depends on your relevant professional experience.
- You will receive meal vouchers, ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance, group insurance, an income protection insurance, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
- We offer flexible working hours.
- You will have up to 40 days of annual leave and additional leave for 1 week when the university is closed, between Christmas and New Year.
- You will do most of your work at Campus Middelheim in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.

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- You have a Bachelor or Master in Computer Science/Informatics/Bioinformatics or equivalent professional competences gained through prior work experience.
- You have a solid understanding of relational database management systems (MySQL, PostgreSQL)
- You have knowledge about Data Science, Python (Django, Redis), Docker and NextFlow. An additional strength is knowledge about vector databases (e.g. Milvus).
- You have either experience or a keen interest in working with molecular data and multidisciplinary teams.
- You have good oral and written knowledge of English.
- You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
- You have strong organisational skills, communicate effectively and can deliver results on-time.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

You can apply for this job through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including April 27, 2023 (by midnight Brussels time). Follow this link (, complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following document(s): cover letter (detailing your motivation, background and contact details of two or three references), and CV.

The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next step(s) in the selection procedure.

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