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The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is recruiting a MARINE DATA MANAGER (M/F/X) for a fixed–term contract of one year, possibly renewable.


The chosen candidate will join the team of the Belgian Marine Data Centre, within the Operational Directorate “Natural Environment”. This team is in charge of the management of oceanographic data resulting, for example, from the federal monitoring programmes of the marine environment or from research projects in marine sciences. Its tasks involve:

  • the development, the maintenance, and the management of databases (Oracle, PostgreSQL, …) and of their query interfaces,
  • the development of data analysis and visualisation tools and of webservices
  • contacts with data providers and users,
  • the quality control of the data, their archiving, their reporting, their dissemination, and their scientific exploitation,
  • active participation in national and international projects dealing with marine data management,

A general description of the marine activities of the OD Nature can be found at


The chosen candidate will contribute, depending on his/her skills and on the needs, to the various tasks mentioned above. In this context, a few foreign missions (project meetings, conferences, …) per year as well as a few days per year on board of research vessels are possible.


Master degree in science or applied sciences

Technical competence

Experience or training in one or more of the following domains is requested:

  • Marine or environmental sciences;
  • GIS applications;
  • SQL queries and database design;
  • Computer programming using R, java or Python;
  • Data exchange formats (json, xml, webservices and linked data);
  • Web development (Java, Javascript, jQuery, …);
  • information technologies such as semantic web, big data or machine learning.

Generic competence

  • Solution-oriented, creative and not hesitant to acquire new skills;
  • Interested in the technical side of data management and in diverse scientific fields;
  • Demonstrating wide analytical insight;
  • Comfortable in establishing and maintaining good connections with (international) colleagues;
  • Knowledge of at least one of the two main national languages is required;
  • Considering the international dimension of the working framework an active knowledge of written and spoken English is definitely an asset.

We offer

A fixed–term contract of one year, possibly renewable.

  • Wages according to the rules in force for scientific staff of the federal administration (“assistant”, SW10 or SW11, according to the relevant scientific experience).
  • Reimbursement of home/working place travel costs by public transportation.

How to apply

Applications, consisting of a motivation letter, a curriculum–vitae and a copy of the relevant diplomas, must be submitted by email on Friday, December 4th, 2020, at the latest to:

The candidates who passed the first screening will be invited for an interview. The contract should start as soon as possible.

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