Scala Software Engineer

80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) is a joint venture between EPFL and ETH Zurich. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of data science and machine learning techniques within academic disciplines of the ETH Domain, the Swiss academic community at large, and the industrial sector. In particular, it addresses the gap between those who create data, those who develop data analytics and systems, and those who could potentially extract value from it. The centre is composed of a multi-disciplinary team of data and computer scientists, and experts in select domains with offices in Zürich, Lausanne, and Villingen.

Project background

The Renku platform is developed at the SDSC to encourage collaboration, sharing and best practices in data analysis projects. Renku is used at academic institutions in Switzerland and internationally as well as in the private and public sectors. Renku is developed by a team of 15 from 12 different countries, and we are committed to upholding team diversity in the future.

Job description

We are looking for creative developers to join our Renku platform team. As a member of our team, you will be asked to develop independently or in a team the various services for our data science platform. Currently, our development efforts are focused on the efficient use of our knowledge graph for metadata storage and search and user interface (API) development. 

Your profile

You are a developer with a minimum of a BSc in Computer Science or related fields. You enjoy crafting sophisticated software solutions and are no stranger to building backend services with various types of APIs. You have experience with Scala; knowledge of Python is a strong plus. Experience with ontologies, knowledge engineering and knowledge graphs is desired but not required. Beyond specific skills, we are interested in individuals who are eager to learn, are self-motivated and love working on a team.

Interested in building tools that will improve the reproducibility and reusability of data-driven discovery? Come join our team building the Renku platform! 

Your workplace

We offer

We offer you a stimulating, collaborative, cross-disciplinary environment in a world-class research institution. We deeply value work-life balance and will readily consider part-time employment options as well as home-office work. Our work hours are flexible, and scheduling holidays is uncomplicated. In this dynamic position, you will make full use of your engineering skills to develop backend services, design user interfaces, contribute to design decisions and investigate available technology options. We encourage experimentation and creativity by actively promoting the learning of new technologies and approaches on the job. We are dedicated to open-source software and we strongly encourage our team members to seek out opportunities to engage with and contribute to open-source communities as a part of their development process.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your application with the following documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Diplomas

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Further information about SDSC can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to (no applications).

For recruitment services, the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.