Python Backend Systems Developer for SEC Digital Twin Lab

100%, Singapore, fixed-term

ETH Zurich is one of the leading universities of the world with a strong focus on science and engineering. In 2010 it established the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to do interdisciplinary research on pressing problems.

The Singapore-ETH Centre is home to a community of doctoral, postdoctoral and professorial researchers working in three main programmes: Future Cities Laboratory, Future Resilient Systems, and Future Health Technologies. The centre provides a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment to researchers working on diverse themes, with the shared vision of translating research to practical solutions for more sustainable and liveable cities, resilient physical and social urban systems, and patient-centric healthcare systems.

Project background

SEC’s Digital Twin Lab (DTL) develops and operates digital twin infrastructure technology and applications. This includes building tools to facilitate model interoperability, operating domain-specific federations of models and building interactive and visual applications. SEC DTL provides related services (e.g., deployment and operations of digital twin infrastructure) to its clients at SEC. We are looking for an experienced Python Developer to join our team based at the SEC in Singapore. We are looking for candidates who are interested in working in a multi-disciplinary and international research environment with a start-up vibe; who are driven by curiosity and eager to learn new things and extend their skill set.

Job description

As Python developer you will be joining our backend team. You will be responsible for taking ownership of several model adapters (building, traffic, power plants) and related analysis workflow implementations in our Explorer application. For this purpose, you will be interacting with domain-experts and modellers to develop a solid understanding of model inputs and outputs as well as the operational requirements for running simulations in cloud and/or high-performance computing environments. You may also be taking part in the development of a variety of server-side components for existing and new applications.

Your profile

You are required to have:

  • Degree or Masters in Computer Science / Engineering or related field (e.g., BSc, MSc or equivalent).
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional work experience as Python developer.
  • Experience with agile software development methodologies and version control systems.
  • Ability to work independently, take ownership of projects, and deliver high-quality results with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent communications skills, capable of effectively conveying complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical team members.

Strong abilities / track record required:

  • Programming/scripting languages: Python, Bash.
  • Linux system administration and scripting.
  • Containerisation, specifically with Docker.
  • Geospatial data frameworks and libraries such as geopandas.

Beneficial to have:

  • Experience with API developments using FastAPI.
  • Experience with modelling and simulation (in particular, with building energy and/or transport models).
  • Contributions to open-source projects.
  • Experience with R&D and tech start-ups.

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We offer

The Singapore-ETH-Centre is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer. All candidates will be evaluated on their merits and qualifications, without regards to gender, race, age or religion.

Working, teaching and research at Singapore-ETH Centre

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 online application with the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV

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 Singapore-ETH Centre can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr Heiko Aydt,heiko.aydt@sec.ethz.ch.

Singapore-ETH Centre

The Singapore-ETH Centre provides a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment to researchers working on diverse themes focussed on sustainable and liveable cities, resilient urban systems, and patient-centric healthcare. The centre is home to a community of over 100 doctoral, postdoctoral and professorial researchers working in three main programmes: Future Cities Laboratory, Future Resilient Systems, and Future Health Technologies.

Curious? So are we.

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

  • Cover Letter
  • CV

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 Singapore-ETH Centre can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr Heiko Aydt,heiko.aydt@sec.ethz.ch.

Singapore-ETH Centre

The Singapore-ETH Centre provides a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment to researchers working on diverse themes focussed on sustainable and liveable cities, resilient urban systems, and patient-centric healthcare. The centre is home to a community of over 100 doctoral, postdoctoral and professorial researchers working in three main programmes: Future Cities Laboratory, Future Resilient Systems, and Future Health Technologies.