Python Software Engineer

- Cell avidity

Full-time position


As a Python Developer in the cell avidity team you will work closely with both the software engineering and research teams, focusing on image- and data-analysis integration and automation. You will play a key role in taking our latest research developments and integrating them into our cell avidity software, which is used by scientists worldwide. You will be part of a highly motivated and skilled research and development team in our amazing Amsterdam office.

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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What are my tasks & responsibilities?

  • Designing, implementing, testing, and maintaining our internal image- and data-analysis packages.
  • Working with our software developers and engineers to improve our existing testing infrastructure, including unit and integration tests.
  • Participate in code review to ensure code quality.
  • Optimizing software engineering processes.
  • Provide coaching and training to other Python developers within LUMICKS.

What about my skills & competencies?

  • BSc or MSc degree in a scientific subject or can show equivalent professional experience.
  • Strong focus on the practical aspects of software engineering and awareness of industry best practices.
  • Professional experience working with Python 3, ideally in an R&D environment.
  • Familiarity with image- and data-analysis libraries such as numpy, scipy, opencv and scikit-learn.
  • Modern C++ experience is a plus.
  • Experience building and maintaining CI pipelines, or with AWS, is a plus.
  • Familiarity with data analysis or image processing.
  • Enjoy working in an agile team that is passionate about technology.
  • Excellent communication skills.


LUMICKS is a quickly growing academic spin-off from a research group at VU University Amsterdam. We care deeply about providing our users with easy-to-use and reliable software that actively supports Open Data and Reproducible Science. 

Our technologies: LUMICKS brings novel tools for single-molecule biophysics and cell avidity to market, enabling scientific researchers across biology and medicine to unlock new types of experiments. Our leading instrument, the C-Trap®, can be used to “catch” single molecules and expose them to precise mechanical forces. You can, simultaneously, visualize the molecule and the manipulation process with correlated, highly sensitive fluorescence microscopy. Our customers use it to study DNA replication or molecular “engines” processing the scaffolding structures of a human cell. LUMICKS’ systems are currently in use in opinion-leading labs across the globe, including Stanford, Johns Hopkins University, Tsinghua University, NIH, Max Planck Institute, TU Delft, and Imperial College London.

We also provide the z-Movi®, the only instrument that can directly measure the overall binding strengths between cells, known as cell avidity. This new technology, which uses acoustic waves to separate cells, improves the investigation of previously unexplored avenues in basic and translational research. It offers a crucial parameter that highlights key immunotherapeutic properties, e.g., antigen presentation, antibody binding, vaccination, immunological synapses, and cell adhesion.

Why Join?

Autonomy, ownership & responsibility

Be the leader of your own projects, and own them like no other. Whether you’re developing software or business, you are responsible for your work and the direction it goes.

Growth opportunities

With new positions opening up weekly and the company still growing exponentially, there are lots of opportunities to broaden your skill set.

Flat organization & open culture

At LUMICKS engagement is key. We try to align everyone on our dreams and strategies to unlock single-molecule and single-cell research.

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