DataHub provides various services related to data management in (medical) research. We are a cross-organisational community within Maastricht UMC+ and work on FAIR data management solutions for researchers from both the academic hospital and the university. DataHub develops and manages an institutional repository for research data and enables researchers to store and retrieve scientific data in a sustainable way. 

Function description

The Maastricht UMC+ DataHub team is looking for a talented bioinformatician who is interested in building and maintaining our institutional infrastructure.

As a bioinformatician you will be part of our multidisciplinary DataHub team, consisting of IT-developers, data stewards, policy makers and fellow bioinformaticians from both university and hospital. You will ensure that research data from various domains will be modeled, standardized and incorporated in the DataHub infrastructure according to the FAIR principles. You will work together with experts from the research domains to bridge the gap between academic research and the latest developments in (open-source) technology. Working for DataHub will also allow you to collaborate with the prestigious Maastricht University Institute of Data Sciences and our national and international partners.

Major duties

  • Develop new workflows for ingestion, aggregation and export of data;
  • Collaborate with researchers to find optimal solutions to use the existing DataHub infrastructure;
  • Extend the DataHub infrastructure based on researcher's demands;
  • Assist in (meta-)data collection, conversion and enrichment;
  • Assist in system administration of our virtual Linux/Windows server stack;
  • Monitor up-time and security breaches of servers and services.

Your Profile

We require

  • A BSc in Bioinformatics, Information Technology, or equivalent;
  • Background in Linux and related scripting;
  • Experience with programming in Java, PHP, Python or other relevant languages;
  • Experience with Version Control (Git);
  • Being comfortable with open source technology;
  • Being comfortable with working in an innovative and agile environment;
  • Working proficiency in English.

Additional preferences

  • Experience with automation software and container technologies (Docker, Ansible, Jenkins etc.) is a pre;
  • Experience with/interest in distributed data storage technologies (iRODS, etc.) is a pre;
  • Experience with database technologies (MySQL, PostgreSQL, noSQL, triple stores, etc.) is a pre;
  • Experience with maintaining IT systems according to changing project/operational requirements is a pre;
  • Experience with the use of metadata and data standards (e.g., vocabularies, semantics, ontologies, linked data) is a pre.

Information about UM

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,500 students and 4,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts six faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Additional information

Additional information about this vacancy can be obtained from Pascal Suppers, Managing Director of DataHub (, phone: +31(0)6 27 07 16 54).