DevOps Engineer – Earth Observation

Developer, Infrastructure Team - 40 hours per week - Haarlem, the Netherlands

At VanderSat we are passionate about space technology and making a positive impact using data collected by Earth observation satellites. We specialize in producing high resolution soil moisture data, which our customers use to grow food more efficiently, insure farmers against crop failure and monitor the effects of climate change. You can find more information on our website.


Within the Infrastructure Team we are looking for a full time DevOps Engineer based in Haarlem. You will be joining a collaborative and energetic team that welcomes creativity and different perspectives. VanderSat offers the training, development and support for you to develop your career and fulfill your ambitions and potential.


The Infrastructure Team is responsible for developing and maintaining the processing environment, which enables VanderSat to produce, distribute and iterate on our global satellite-derived data products. This includes building, scaling and monitoring of our processing chains, enabling easy and fast access to our products for internal and external users via APIs and the VanderSat Data Viewer, and working closely with the scientists of the R&D Team to ensure fast uptake of new algorithms into the operational system.


We spend most of our time writing software and collaborate on issues and code reviews in GitLab. We use continuous integration for testing and continuous deployment for our most important services. Our backend is based on Python and Flask. Services are running in Docker containers, mostly in Kubernetes.




  • Deploy and monitor services on Google Cloud Platform
  • Build tooling and automations around common deployment and monitoring tasks
  • Care about observability of our infrastructure
  • Contribute to the design of our system architecture
  • Establish best practices to improve system security
  • Assist other team members with deploying their applications


Skills and Experience


Must haves

  • Experience with infrastructure automation (Ansible, Terraform or similar)
  • Experience using Kubernetes and containers
  • Experience in deployment and scaling backend services on cloud platforms (GCP, AWS)
  • Experience in backend application development in Python
  • Experience with using databases in production systems (PostgreSQL, PostGIS, migrations)


Nice to haves

  • Experience developing scalable systems using task queue/messaging systems (RabbitMQ, Google Pub/Sub or similar)
  • Experience working with large amounts of (satellite) data
  • Knowledge of GDAL/OGR geospatial concepts and common formats for geospatial data such as HDF5, NetCDF and GeoTIFF
  • Python packaging and dependency management with pip and conda


What we offer

  • Make a direct impact on our products and clients by solving challenging data and processing issues
  • Office located in the center of Haarlem
  • Flexible working time and possibility for working remotely
  • Yearly education budget
  • Choice between Mac and Linux for your laptop



We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.


Please send your application letter and resume to Susanne Zevenbergen at


About VanderSat


VanderSat is a company of around 40 people with a strong foundation in Science and Technology. Science that we put to practice because we want to make a difference by optimizing water and food usage and help farmers protect themselves against natural disasters. The beliefs, attitudes and values of free-thinking scientists are the basis of VanderSat’s culture. We stay connected to innovative Science and Technology through our Partnerships with Research Groups and leading Companies. At VanderSat we try to work together to solve big problems in a humble fashion. Oh, and don’t be scared if your colleague decides to not wear shoes that day, half your colleagues are abroad, and you find a large stuffed crocodile duct taped to your chair on your birthday.


Deadline:  12th of May 2021