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      April 20,2021
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    Manager/Leader Software Delivery Group

    Do you know the ins and outs of software development in agile teams, has DevOps no more secrets and do you have experience on how to implement this way of working in an organization? Are you result driven, a leader and coach? Would you like to contribute to innovative research and development for radio astronomy instrumentation? Then you are our new

    Manager/Leader Software Delivery Group

    The importance of software is ever increasing within radio astronomy. ASTRON has interesting times ahead, with two major developments that are highly relevant for the software delivery group. We are currently working on a serious upgrade of the international LOFAR telescope, requiring new software for all the individual stations and we optimize the monitoring and control software. Next to this we start with the realization of a Science Data Center that will provide a portal to data archives and international high-performance computer systems that will result in groundbreaking science. To ensure we are up for the challenges ahead, we have recently centralized all the software expertise needed to operate a radio telescope, to perform the required data analysis and to deliver the output data to the astronomer in the Software Delivery group. This group is responsible for delivering high quality software, for selecting frameworks, tools and languages and for professionalizing the way we organize software development within ASTRON. All of course in close collaboration with the internal stakeholders.

    ASTRON’s missions ‘Making discoveries in radio astronomy happen’ requires the combination of quick development of innovative features enabling new science and smooth deployment in operations via high-quality software and processes. We are currently exploring the possibilities of a broad implementation of an agile way of working in teams, the process of continuous integration and continuous delivery, and a process for transparent priority setting on a portfolio level. This brings high-level answers and comes with a lot of detailed-level questions. The Manager Software Delivery group will be in an excellent position to play a major role in this transformation from a combination of strategic vision and best practices based on your experience.

    Job description:

    Your job is to lead the Software Delivery group. You work with a team of eleven software developers and together you deliver professional software to operations, keeping (part of) the responsibility for maintenance. You have extensive experience with the organization of software delivery (agile/DevOps) and like to set directions and build a vision with the team. You have a strong technical profile and system engineering overview, which enables you to understand the consequences of choices made for the overall architecture and for the different stakeholders. Strong communication and sometimes negotiation skills are important in this setting as is being comfortable with taking decisions.

    You match the strategic ambitions with the personal development of your team members and the building of a coherent team. The organization of a flex force around it, is key for delivering all ASTRON’s ambitions. You have strong leadership and social skills, and you like to work in an international and innovative setting.

    You will actively participate in the Innovation & Systems management team and you have a leading role in the further professionalization of software development within ASTRON.

    Job requirements:

    • Experience in organizing software delivery and working in agile teams,
    • Technical background in ICT (or equivalent),
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain working relationships with internal and external stakeholders,
    • Proficient oral and written communications skills in English and Dutch,
    • Pro-active and taking ownership,
    • Team player and builder,
    • Experience in the management of a group would be considered a recommendation.

    The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement Research Institutions.


    • A full-time 38 hours/ week temporary appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of in total 2 years which will become indefinite based on good performance.
    • A gross monthly salary on a full-time basis, in the range of € 5.259 to € 6.405 depending on relevant experience.
    • A holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.33% of the gross annual salary.
    • A solid pension scheme (ABP).
    • 42 vacation days per year on a full time basis.
    • We offer the facilities to grow and develop yourself in this position.

    The organization:

    ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. Its main mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen, via the development of new and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities, and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research. Engineers and astronomers at ASTRON have an outstanding international reputation for novel technology development, and fundamental research in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy. ASTRON is committed to increasing its staff diversity, and we are especially interested in applications from women and other traditionally under-represented groups.


    For more information about ASTRON you can go to our website For more information about this vacancy, please contact Diana Verweij, Head HR, Communications & Support, e-mail:


    You can apply for this job by sending your letter and curriculum vitae to ASTRON through The closing date is Wednesday 21 April 2021. Candidates will be considered until the position has been filled.

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