As a software engineer you work on projects situated in a context of Belgian space programs, the European space Agency and the European Commission. You are a driver in an ecosystem of earth observation and big data platforms and ensure agile development of worklows within the existing testing and automation frameworks to performant operational services.

You will work within an agile scrum team of solution architects, software developers and operation engineers. Together you will be responsible for development, test automation and the maintenance of satellite data processing systems. You execute the internal vision and roadmap on big data and processing platforms.

You'll become part of a talented, dedicated team working in a fast-paced, challenging international environment. We thrive to develop cutting edge technologies that will be used in applications and services by a broad public, industry, the public sector and universities.

The Remote Sensing unit of VITO processes petabytes of earth observation data. We primarily specialise in Big Data analysis with the use of machine learning and deep learning techniques in the application workflows.  That is our passion: the extraction of information from the vast amounts of incoming images. Information required by our clients. Our extensive group of clients can be found within the domains of land use, civil infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, water management, heritage and ecological development.

Your responsibilities:

  • Develop efficient algorithms, models and proof of concepts
  • Create production software components, analytics applications and data visualization.
  • Develop CI system to ensure the system meets business requirements
  • Work together with architects, subject matter experts and product owners
  • Provide support on customer issues
  • Together with the team, take responsibility over the operational platforms

  • Master degree Civil Engineer computer science, Industrial Sciences, IT
  • Experience in one of the following programming languages: Java, Scala, Python
  • Experience in Agile and/or DevOps environments
  • Experience in Continuous Integration, Testing & Automation frameworks (e.g. Jenkins, Gerrit, …)
  • Experience in cloud native deployments is a plus
  • Experience in Hadoop framework, large scale data processing (eg. Spark) is a plus
  • Excellent command of Dutch and English
  • You are a real teamplayer and blend easily in a group
  • You’ve got the ability to put things in perspective
  • You’ve got an engaging personality and excellent communication skills
  • You are self-organised
  • Strong analytical skills are crucial given that you will participate in an ambitious team where constantly evolving IT and Earth Observation business needs.

Do you want to join us? Please apply, we look forward to your application.


  • Optimal homeworking for non-workplace functions during COVID19
  • A competitive salary
  • A range of benefits including allowances, insurances, adjustable holiday package
  • Flexible working hours and workplace
  • Innovation is our core asset, therefore it goes without saying that we give our employees the opportunity to undertake additional training and keep up to date in their field of expertise
  • The chance to be part of an organisation with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy
  • The possibility to actively contribute towards sustainable developments at local, national and global level