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University of Bern

For its new Central Technology Support Unit (TPF),
the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Bern,
Switzerland, seeks applications for a Logo

Lead (Systems/Software) Engineer (m/f)

The TPF ("Technologie-Plattform-Forschung") supports human behavioral research projects by providing custom software and/or hardware solutions. The TPF compiles project-specific requirements in direct contact with senior researchers across the Institutes of Psychology, Sport Science and Education Science, while its centralized structure ensures exploitation of cross-institutional synergies (e.g. by a common codebase for key algorithms and knowledge exchange). The research projects range from laboratory-based behavioral experiments to field studies with varying degrees of technology. Our laboratories are equipped (among others) with virtual reality, motion-capture systems, force and motion platforms, EEG and eye-tracking devices. In field studies from centralized database solutions (e.g. for online surveys) to distributed apps on mobile devices are utilized. The TPF will finally comprise four full positions with complementary competences (e.g. coordination, requirements engineering, software, hardware, testing), whereas the successful applicant for the current position will be responsible for the whole process as the lead (systems/software) engineer within the development team.
Your main responsibilities
  • communicate with senior researchers across the institutes to identify project requirements, ensure exploitation of cross-institutional synergies and develop robust system architectures and solutions
  • coordinate the whole system development process as the lead (systems/software) engineer within the development team
  • system design, realization, testing, documentation and maintenance across different hardware platforms
Your skills
  • excellent coordination, communication and problem-solving skills, team orientation, experienced/comfortable working in a research environment
  • strong background in (systems) engineering or software engineering with a focus on the whole system (including hardware)
  • knowledge of Unix/Linux, Windows and mobile operating systems
  • programming experience in C/C++ and/or Java and script-based languages (Ruby, Python); experience with scientific software (Matlab, R) is a plus
Salaries and contract will be based on previous experience according to the guidelines of the canton of Bern. The position is initially limited to three years with the possibility of a permanent position. Work quota is 80-100%, starting June 2017 or upon agreement.
Your application
Your application should include the following documents in a single PDF: a short motivation letter, CV, list of references and certificates and send via e-mail to dekan@humdek.unibe.ch before 31st March 2017.

Closing date: 31.03.2017
Closing date: 31 March 2017 Published on academics.com on date 22 February 2017
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