Lead (Systems/Software) Engineer (m/f) – University of Bern / Switzerland


Universität Bern

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

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[at]humdek.unibe.ch before 31st March 2017.

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