Java Developer

The Hague
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Created: January 15, 2016


Job title: Java Developer

Location: The Hague, The Netherlands.

Closing date: 30 April, 2016

All across Europe, museums, galleries and archives are digitizing their collections. Europeana brings them together online and works hard to make sure people can find and use them. For work. For learning. Or just for fun.

We work with a network of cultural organizations to provide creative and innovative forms of access to culture. Our work is guided by creative collaboration, supportive teamwork and the idea that sharing and re-using cultural content can transform the world. We represent centuries of trusted guardianship by Europe’s cultural institutions so must always ensure that whilst we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with today’s technology, our products and resources are robust and reliable.

We’re looking for driven, web native, cultural heritage specialists who want to work in an English-speaking international team. Our office is based next to The Hague Central Station in the Netherlands.

The role -  Java Developer

We are looking for an experienced Java Developer - someone who is passionate about applying his / her skills in the domain of cultural heritage and is excited by designing powerful systems for aggregating cultural content using cloud technologies.

Your team

You will be part of Europeana’s four-person Infrastructure Team.  It’s mission is to make sure that Europeana’s technological infrastructure is functioning in a stable, reliable and scalable way and gives full support to engaging products developed on top of it.

Your responsibilities

Research, design, develop, and maintain our data infrastructure (currently based on Mongo and Neo4j, new cloud storage service is in development) and low-level services
Develop and maintain data ingestion, processing and management APIs and clients for cultural heritage content using traditional and novel protocols and practices
Continually evaluate and help to improve our software development processes, methodologies and tools
Work closely with business requirement owners to assess feasibility, specificity and scope of tools and feature requirements

Knowledge and skills

University level education in computer science or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
5+ years of research and software development experience
Hands-on experience with designing and implementing systems that handle large amounts of data. Experience with humanities data and/or multilingual data is a strong advantage.
Good written and spoken English with an ability to express complex technical ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences
Open minded, rich with new ideas, practically oriented, team player

Development experience – first one is a must, the rest are advantageous

Thorough knowledge of and experience in Java development (Hibernate, JUnit, Spring) in Linux and Apache environments
Knowledge of cloud technologies (e.g. Cassandra, OpenStack Swift, Apache Storm) and development principles
Knowledge and experience with search engines (Lucene, Solr) and semantic web industry standards (RDF, SKOS, Linked Open Data)
Knowledge of XML, XSLT, XML Schema, and other XML-related standards
Experience with relational databases (e.g. PostgreSQL, MySQL), document databases (e.g. MongoDB) or graph databases (Neo4J)
Experience with different software development tools (e.g. Hudson, Git, Maven) and skills (test driven development, pair programming)
Basic knowledge of Front-end and other related technologies is an asset

Salary and benefits

Your monthly gross salary will be between EURO 2,579 – 3,837in line with the Collective Labour agreement for Research Institutes Scale 10.

You’ll also enjoy 42 days holiday per year, a holiday allowance (8%) and an annual bonus (8.33%).

How to apply

Send your CV (in English) with a covering letter telling us why you’re interested in this position to

To talk to someone about the post before you apply, please email or

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About Europeana Foundation

Europeana is Europe’s platform for digital cultural heritage. We create new ways for people to engage with their cultural history, whether for work, learning or pleasure. We believe that culture can transform lives and we are passionate about bringing Europe’s cultural heritage to the world.Through Europeana and its Network today, anyone can explore over 30 million digitised objects including books, paintings, films and audio.

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