Research programmer European Projects

The Hague
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Created: March 25, 2013


Job description

The future of the KB is digital. We collect everything published in and about the Netherlands. But that is not enough: we are working on digitizing our entire collection to give more and more people improved access by digital means. To realize this, we wish to cooperate with public and private partners in and outside the Netherlands.

For our collections we focus on storage, safeguarding for the future, making them searchable and unlocking their potential. In addition we are carrying out research activities, because there are no obvious answers to many of our questions.

We are looking for a research programmer for our (research) projects in the areas of digitization and accessibility. You will contribute to these projects with your knowledge of and experience with Java web application development with Maven/Ant, Unix/Linux bash, but also with the development of web services using common frameworks for SOAP/REST. You will be working on Named Entity recognition for different languages and on testing and implementing various software tools. You will also maintain and further develop the interoperable service platform for digitization. The projects you will work on are Europeana Newspapers and Succeed.


Professional and intellectual capacities at the academic or higher professional education level

Experience with
- Java web application development with Ant and Maven

- Processing of XML using XSLT and XPATH

- Developing web services using common frameworks for SOAP/REST

- Apache/Tomcat administration

- Familiarity with a common scripting language

- Familiarity with scientific workflow software (Taverna) is an extra

Familiarity with the digitization workflow of a library, archive or museum is an extra
Excellent knowledge of (technical) English in reading and writing
Willingness to travel
Strong analytical and communicative skills
Independent, but also a teamplayer

Conditions of employment

This is a temporary contract with an initial duration of one year. This position has been set at scale 10, with a maximum monthly gross salary of € 3.804,00 on a fulltime basis (40 hours a week). The company culture of the KB is characterised by flexibility: within certain limits you have the freedom to determine your own working hours. Furthermore you will have 42 days holiday per year and an annual bonus of 8,33% plus very good fringe benefits.


Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB)

The KB is the national library of the Netherlands

The KB is the national library of the Netherlands and was founded in 1798. The KB collects everything published in and about the Netherlands. As a national library, the KB has an exemplary position: it was the first library with a digital storage system, and one of the first organisations internationally to work in the digital preservation field. In the coming four years, the KB will work intensively to realise a digital library that will offer everyone access to all digital and printed publications that appear in the Netherlands. The library plans digitize all books, newspapers and periodicals which have been printed in the Netherlands since 1470. To achieve this goal the KB cooperates with other parties:  Google is for example digitizing copyright free books from 1700 to around 1870.


Research department

You will work for the Research department of the Innovation & Development sector. The Research department offers expertise and develops new solutions, services and technology for the digital library of the future in (inter)national R&D projects.

Location  Den Haag, 5 minuten lopen van Den Haag CS.
Function types Research, Development, Innovation
Scientific fields Language and Culture
Hours  40.0 hours per week
Salary  € 2400 - € 3804
Education Higher Professional Education
Job number  AT-2013031-EN


Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 16:08 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:45 UTC